PHILADELPHIA -- Yahoo (YHOO) said Wednesday it is expanding its original offerings, partnering with Liquid Comics to offer motion-comics.
The two companies said they"ll make the first two titles -- created by film directors Barry Sonnenfeld and Guy Ritchie -- available online later this summer through Yahoo! Screen.
Motion comics blend elements of comic book art and animation, offering some movement and action but on a limited scale. It's gained ground and popularity in recent years as publishers big and small experiment with the medium, which can viewed online or on devices like tablets and iPads.
"This is compelling content from great storytellers, and we are excited to be adding Liquid Comics to our robust slate of premium content partners," said Erin McPherson, vice president and head of video for Yahoo.
By partnering with Liquid Comics and focusing on animation, she said Sunnyvale-based Yahoo is enhancing its premium original content.
Together with Tom Hanks' new animated Web series, "Electric City," "motion comics are the start of a unique animated offering on Yahoo," McPherson said.
Sonnenfeld's offering is "Dinosaurs vs. Aliens." The director of the "Men In Black" films tells the story of aliens invading earth in prehistoric times only to face off against dinosaurs.