Based in Absolute's Poland Street office, the new department will be working on projects for both Absolute in the UK and Absolute in the US.
Its first major brief is a three-month project designing motion graphics for George Michael's forthcoming tour.
Comline joined Absolute from MPC where he had spent seven years creating motion graphics for commercials, music videos and feature film sequences, including Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (pictured).
Comline has also been involved in music videos for the likes of The Klaxons.
Absolute managing director David Smith said that recent growth at the company had led him to the decision to start the dedicated department.
“We've just been waiting to find someone with the right skills and personality,” said Smith. “Ric is extremely talented so we feel very lucky that he's joining the team.”
Comline will also use his After Effects, Illustrator, Shake, Combustion and Flame skills on other Absolute projects.
Absolute does visual effects for commercials, films, pop promos and digital media.