Photo Comic

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A creative option for people who can't draw (or who just want to 'draw' with a camera?) the Photo Comic involves taking pictures of things—either posed inanimate objects, or actual people—and making a comic out of them. In the Web Comics world, toys are popular for this. Also became popular in British comics (particularly girls' comics) in the late 1970s and early 1980s; however, it proved unpopular and the ones that didn't shut down (as many were at the time) reverted to drawn strips. Nowadays the best-remembered photo strips seem to be the parodies of photo strips from Viz. Arguably, Photocomics can be done cheaper and with less time consumption than the other popular choice: Machinomics. This is because photos owe themselves well to settings where realistic lighting is in high demand, requiring a lot fewer tweaks than would screenshots from a video game.

A variation is the fumetti, which takes the frames of a Film or TV show and puts them into comic-book form: See Film Comic. Another variant involves creating scenes in Poser or DAZ Studio and importing them into Comic Life. Not to be confused with GIS Syndrome, where photographs are incorporated into the background.

Examples of Photo Comic include:

Comic Books

  • Wizard Magazine's Twisted Toyfare Theatre.
  • Dorothy, a fumetti-like adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz which mixed photos of human models with illustrated creatures and environments.
  • Alison Bechdel (who also writes the webcomic "Dykes To Watch Out For") illustrated her autobiographical graphic novel "Fun Home" by taking pictures of herself in costume to use as source images, which she then based her illustrations off of.
  • Some comic strips, especially in the annuals, in both The Beano and The Dandy make use of this trope. Usually only in one story, not the whole comic, and involving cartoon characters interacting with the photographs.
  • The sci-fi story Doomlord had its first story arcs as a fumetti (1982-?); then changed to a traditionally-drawn comic-book when relaunched in 1991.

Web Comics


  • Terry Gilliam and John Cleese first met while doing a fumetti feature, laying the foundation for what would eventually become Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Video Games

  • The graphic novel cutscenes of Max Payne use edited, filtered photographs as frames.