Founder & CEO,
A graduate of MINES ParisTech and the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), Florian Dupas is CEO of Kwalia, a company he founded to provide visual artists and professionals with tools and services to help them tell better stories and reach a wider audience in the digital age.
The company notably develops a storytelling authoring tool aimed at producing interactive, animated content in general, and visual narratives in particular. By carefully building its technology on actual author needs, open source formats and innovative UX design practices, Kwalia seeks to make accessible to the great public the distinctive features that make a graphic story natively digital.
Kwalia gets inspiration working with some of the most innovative digital comic artists to explore new areas of creation involving animation, non-linear stories and augmented reality.
Communication: Creating the First DiViNa, the Future of Digital Comics
Kwalia participated in the creation of EDRLab’s BD Comics Manga Working Group (BDCoMa WG) in July 2017. Since then, the group’s members (representatives of distribution platforms, publishers, software companies, etc.) have been actively working on the specifications of a new Web Publications profile dedicated to digital visual narratives: the DiViNa format. In order to ground our study on a practical example and demonstrate the format’s functionalities, launching a pilot project soon became necessary.
EDRLab thus proposed Hachette Group’s Pika Editions, specialized in manga, to create the first DiViNa using the authoring tool currently being developed by Kwalia. The project that ensued is a textbook case of creative back-and-forth between art and technology: actors with different perspectives (technical, design, storytelling…) had to confront their approaches and navigate through a diverse array of wishes and constraints to come up with the most creative solutions.
This presentation aims at giving the audience an idea of the process we followed and the people and resources involved, with an emphasis on the difficulties we faced and the decisions we made.