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Our Infinite Canvas

From the Wisdom of Play website:

Our Infinite Canvas is a local art and storytelling project to engage the creative minds of the Bloomington community. The public collaboration will be exhibited at various area locations, inviting anyone to contribute to a living visual narrative.

A traveling display will be appear in a business, organization, or public space each day. Selected starter panels will be accompanied by many blank ones and the drawing tools you need to add a panel or two of your own. The new additions to the story are placed on a board and can go in any direction from any panel you see. The final work will be available online to read and continue.

The infinite canvas is Scott McCloud’s re-invention of modern comics to account for the shift from print to virtual media. Printed pages have a practical constraint that led to the four-panel and left-to-right, top-to-bottom consumption. That limitation isn’t implicit in cartooning, however, and can be ignored in favor of panels that attempt to go all directions at once. Multiple storylines allow both the artist and the reader to follow their preferred path

The whole concept is based on my Master’s capstone project.  The website is built on my custom content management system.  I scrapped the original prototype and developed this version as a module on top of my CMS.  The interface is primarily JQuery.  I also used HTML5 canvas to generate the trails between the panels.  Panels are stored in a MySQL database.