Over the last couple of years, Spotify has been experimenting with incorporating non-musical formats such as videos and multimedia podcasts. Now Spotify has partnered up with Nerdist to offer motion comics based on new Archie comics. Nerdist announced that the first six issues have been transformed by the digital comic startup with Madefire with music and voice acting.
If you watch Riverdale on Netflix, you will be familiar with the characters and their backstories. Though the storyline follows the comics and diverges from the television show. The motion comics are available in Spotify’s mobile app named as – Spotlight: Archie – The New Riverdale.
Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater told Nerdist that –
“Archie has always been about trying to find new ways to get comics to fans and readers. And when the opportunity to work with Spotify arose, it was a perfect match. Being able to reposition these modern classics for new readers in this unique, motion comic format makes perfect sense and we can’t wait for fans to experience these beloved Archie stories in a new way.”
To watch Spotlight: Archie – The New Riverdale, tap play and the episode will begin. You will be able to read, hear and experience all at once. The text of the comics still appear, but since the comic auto-plays rather quickly between panels, you don’t really get an option to read at your own pace. The graphics also appear a bit small compared to Webtoon or other more optimized comic readers. The first six issues of Archie’s 2015 comic book are now available as video on the Spotify.
The series is based on the internationally bestselling Archie comic book by writer Mark Waid and artists Fiona Staples, Annie Wu and Veronica Fish. In Spotify, each of the first six issues will be adapted into its own motion comic episode.
Earlier, Spotify tried to expand beyond music into the video. Spotify also announced in January that it was partnering with media companies to make visual podcasts and audio snippets. Now Spotify lets users stream podcasts on the service which has been more successful than its video initiatives.