The comic book industry has had a transformative few years with the dramatic rise in popularity of superhero movies and the arrival of tablets making the digital market viable. Virtual reality’s (VR’s) imminent arrival could have yet another big impact on the industry, which is something a group of developers named Team Robotica is exploring for its entry into Oculus’ Mobile VR Jam for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD).
The team has created Comic Book Reader Revolution, a new way to experience comics. Putting on the Gear VR, readers will find the pages of OilCan Drive: The Race and Track 1 by Sean Tiffany laid out for them to read in new ways. Users will be able to move their heads either left or right to essentially scroll through a persistent comic book. A video of the software in action can be seen below, although the developer has noted that the parallax effect, which gave a 3D appearance to panels, is sadly missing from the build.
Those interested in Comic Book Reader Revolution can download the build that was submitted to Oculus for judging via on official entry page. Sadly, the piece didn’t make it into the finalists section of the app or experience track of the VR Jam, which would have put it in the race for a grand prize of $100,000 USD, with runner-up prizes of $50,000, $30,000, and $10,000 also up for grabs. That said, it’s still in the running for community voted award, offering a further $10,000.
VRFocus will continue to follow the Mobile VR Jam closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.