Creator of the first digital holographic comic (holo-comic). Interactive visual artist and founder of Valholo a VR and digital holographic studio. Jake Adams holds an MS in Design and Digital Media from the University of Edinburgh and a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Emanating from a fine arts background, his visual skills coupled with programming and asset production have allowed him to become a versatile artist and educator. His studio creates holographic content for the Looking Glass Factory and 3D/2D assets for Sandbox (SAND) on the Polygon network. Jake Adams specializes in mixed media arts, Asset production, and interactive narrative with a focus on making the intangible more tangible.
Before Valholo, he was an artist assistant to Michael Zelehoski, and a gallery assistant to Ethan Cohen, and the Dia: Beacon Art Gallery. In 2019 he created and published the world's first holo-comic (digital holographic comic book). Other accomplishments include 2008 best in category: painting, Celeste Prize winner (Berlin Exhibition catalog), A 2019 CodeBase: creative informatics grant recipient issued by the Scottish Government, and the 2020 games & new media official selection at the Supernova: Denver Digerati Animation festival.
Jake Adams' work is defined by a sublime psychological narrative that interpolates the tangibility and intangibility of spatial-temporal decisions while utilizing social systems as a catalyst toward the fluctuation of emotional extra-diegetic space.
In the News
October 18, 2023
RIT Lecturer creates “HoloComix,” a new kind of graphic novel
WROC-TV features Jake Adams, lecturer in RIT’s School of Interactive Games and Media, and his digital holographic comics, or holocomics.
October 11, 2023
Lecturer takes interactive media to new levels with holographic comics
Jake Adams, a lecturer in RIT’s School of Interactive Games and Media, mixes his backgrounds in fine arts and interactive media to create digital holographic comics, or holocomics. Using a specialized Lightfield holographic display from the company Looking Glass, the comic books become 3D holograms with sound, animation, and interactivity.
August 1, 2023
Creating Digital Holographic Comics with Unity, Autodesk, and Adobe Tools
Jake Adams, lecturer of interactive games and media, is interviewed by 80 Level about the production process of his digital holographic comics. Adams is an interactive visual artist and founder of Valholo, a VR and digital holographic studio.