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This collection of seven illustrated fables is both 1) an interactive fiction for iPad and 2) a large-format leather bound book.
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June 30, and a new video explaining our tech ambitions, and why we are continuing to push well past our funding goal, is posted here.  Thank you for your support!

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Overview:

This collection of seven nautical fables is an interactive fiction (for tablet computers) and a limited-edition leather-bound book (for coffee tables).  Each fable is illustrated with 3-5 paintings and a moral which the reader may find at their own risk. It will be published in both English and French. The fables are both contemporary and antique, written with the amusement of some young friends principally in view.

Our Status:

This project began in Paris, France, in 2001.  Dreaming of the sea, surrounded by Montmartre, and immersed in classic fables I wrote over 100 of these stories and since then I've been illustrating one fable every two months (give or take).  Some music and interactive design got into the mix along the way, I developed an iOS prototype app, and now, working with Sean Brunwin (and four other folks), we're shuffling this little beast forward towards the light of day.

As of June, 2011 the stories are written (note the text shown in these pictures is filler)), the illustrations are (mostly) drawn, sound files are prepped, music's recorded, printer's tested, and a framework for the app has been proven to be totally, maddeningly buggy.  Fortunately the good Mr. Sean Brunwin, a brilliant genius of a madman who I've had the pleasure of working with in the past, has taken the reigns on that horse.  Now, together, we still have a good few months' of work to do.  Here's where we were a month or so ago (a snapshot of the iPad with the app running):

Format and Media:

Though this is primarily a digital project, both media are good for telling stories, and for different reasons.  They can also compliment one other.

  • Digital: This app - for iPad (for now) - is a garden varietal of a graphic novel, a videogame, a piece of art, and a pack of lies. The stories are tangled up in one another and navigation is done across an island that has as many easter eggs as the Easter Bunny's own warren. We can't call it a video game, but there's game-like activities, physics simulations, a treasure map navigation, and a reward or two.  We can't call it a puzzle, but there's mind-benders to solve, and a reading structure you can turn on its head then turn inside out.  And of course we have little pigs that oink when you poke 'em!  In the end it's a narrative with consequences - a little world you sculpt via your decisions. In a later version we hope to add conversational non-player characters.

  • Print: As a large-format art book (the cover's about as big as your forearm), the prints are on water-color paper stock, printed with the highest quality methods in the galaxy (UltraChrome eleven-ink mega-whoodinger). This limited run (in French and in English) will be bound in high-quality engraved leather mostly because it is what properly-dressed fables should wear.

The idea behind using two media is to use each for what it's best used for.  Owning both the app and the book makes details and structure in the other more clear.  It's like using both eyes, and hints can be found in one to help discover things in the other. The core characters, stories, and legends work for both, but we want to make them available for people that both enjoy the interaction of a screen and the feel of a book.

Next Steps:

The production work that remains is, principally, finishing the app, finishing the animations, and adding Box2D physics.  This will require a good few months of our time but once this is done, de-bugged, and approved we'll be 95% there.  Then we'll post it, print it, bind it, distribute it, and promote the hell out of it.  We will be building it for iOS for now as we want to start simple but later we want to do Android and open Web.  Getting the core app finished is our next step.  From there other versions will be possible with better, and newer, features.

It's worth noting that Sean and I have developed a system that allows characters to 'talk.'  You type to the character and it types back. It's a bit like a chatbot with emotions.  While we don't plan on implementing that technology in this system (again: we want to start simple, and budget constrains us here), we do hope to do so in Version #2. If we can get this off the ground implementing NPCs is our next major design goal.  Your help is what will get us there. 

Your Support:

Most of the help for this project will support the time we need to finish the app, build animations, and add features. So you're supporting the 25 weeks of our production at $300 per week ($7,500). If funded we hope to finish it in early October, of 2011.

Materials are also needed. That will be around $2000. Fabrication can get pricey, especially for a book like this (hand-sewn leather covers ain't cheap) and we need to pay for some services such as editing, printing, stitching, postal fees, and other baselisks that'll wake up with bright eye and bushy tail if we're lucky enough to make our funding goal. 

Should things go well this will be the first of a series of high-seas adventures.  We're glad you're on-board for the voyage.

Thank you for your support, and very much!

    Once upon a time, two brothers lived in a small village by the sea. The younger of the two was very short and he had a rather large head but he was quick on his feet and good with his hands. The other brother was quite clever, able to map the rotations of the stars and conceive all manner of grand and mystic things. Naturally, growing up in a fishing village, they became crab fishermen and naturally, being brothers, they worked together on the crab boats. They were known throughout the region as great fishermen. Some days they brought back one thousand crabs. They accomplished this through the most clever means because the older brother, as easy as you breathe, knew exactly where the crabs were.  Then the younger brother, as quick as you blink, would collect them with a marvelous trap they had designed together. After they collected the crabs, the brothers quickly set the oars and rowed home with their haul.
    Nature takes many courses that are true, and as the years went by these two brothers became wealthy and the wind smiled on them and they never suffered misfortune. They worked well together and relied on one another and ran a very good operation. Their special traps were always well-mended and they always had plenty to eat. But there was some unrest between them because it seemed to the older brother that collecting crabs was not their destiny, and perhaps there was some other land, more important, waiting to be discovered....

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                        ~ version française ~

A propos de ce projet

Résumé :

Cette collection de sept fables sur le thème de la mer est une narration interactive (pour tablettes, type iPad) et un livre en édition limitée, avec couverture en cuir (pour tables, type salon). Chaque fable est illustrée avec 3 à 5 peintures et renvoie à une morale que le lecteur pourra trouver à ses risques et périls. L'ensemble sera publié, à la fois en anglais et en français.  Les fables sont contemporaines et classiques, écrites pour des adultes particulièrement jeunes ou des enfants particulièrement vieux.

L'état d'avancement du projet :

Ce projet est né à Paris, en 2001. Rêvant de la grande bleue, enclavé à Montmartre et immergé dans les fables classiques, j'ai alors écrit plus de 100 de ces histoires, que je me suis mis à illustrer, à raison d'une fable tous les deux mois (avec du prendre à laisser). De la musique et un concept interactif sont venus ensuite étoffer le projet et de là, un prototype pour l'application iOS (système d'opération d'Apple) est né. Maintenant, travaillant avec Sean Brunwin (et quatre autres personnes), nous essayons de faire voir le jour à notre petit Frankenstein.

A l'heure où j'écris ces lignes (juin 2011), beaucoup d'éléments sont déjà en place : les histoires sont écrites, les illustrations (pour la plupart) dessinées, les fichiers polis et organisés, la musique enregistrée, l'imprimante testée …. reste notre système de programmation qui pourrait gagner le record des « bug » informatiques. Heureusement, le bon Mr Sean Brunwin, qui a le brillant génie des hommes fous, et avec qui j'ai eu le plaisir de travailler dans le passé, a repris les rênes du carrosse et nous avons encore un bon mois à travailler ensemble. Voilà où nous étions il y a un peu près un mois (c'est un cliché de l'iPad avec l'application en marche, ne faites pas attention au texte, c'est du latin de remplissage !)

Format et médias :

Même si ce projet est avant tout numérique, j'ai choisi de le développer conjointement sur deux médias (numérique et papier). Tous deux sont, pour différentes raisons, d'excellents supports pour raconter des histoires mais sont aussi complémentaires.

L'idée sous-jacente à l'usage de ces deux médias est d'exploiter le meilleur de chacun.

Avoir l'application et le livre permet de rendre les détails et la structure de l'autre plus évident. C'est comme utiliser nos deux yeux séparément. Des allusions pourront être trouvées dans l'un pour aider à découvrir des subtilités dans l'autre, même les personnages principaux, les histoires et légendes sont les mêmes dans les deux.

Le numérique : Cette application – conçue pour iPad (pour le moment)- est une espèce hybride entre l'histoire illustrée, le jeu vidéo, l'oeuvre d'art, mêlé à un bon lot de rêves ! Les histoires s'imbriquent les unes aux autres et la navigation se fait au travers d'une île virtuelle qui a autant d' « oeufs de Pâques » (mini-jeux dissimulés dans l'histoire) que la cloche de Big Ben ne pourrait en laisser échapper. Si on ne peut l'appeler un jeu vidéo, elle offre des activités sur le même mode, des stimulations physiques, une carte au trésor pour se déplacer ainsi qu'une ou deux récompenses à aller décrocher. Si on ne peut pas parler de puzzle non plus, elle est composée de casse-têtes à résoudre, de structures à renverser ou à retourner. Par contre, ce qui est sûr, c'est que nous avons des petits cochons, qui couinent lorsqu'on vient les chatouiller avec la souris ! Au final, c'est une narration au sein de laquelle le lecteur peut influer sur la suite du récit – un petit monde que vous sculptez selon vos décisions. Dans la version à venir, nous espérons agrémenter des personnages non-joueurs qui répondront à l'utilisateur.

L'impression papier : les impressions seront réalisées sur papier aquarelle et dans un format large, typique du livre d'art (la couverture est à peu près aussi large que votre avant-bras). Nous avons aussi opté pour le matériel d'impression avec la meilleure qualité de la galaxie (le machin chose UltraChrome à 7 encres) et un tirage limité (en français, en anglais). Le tout sera relié dans une couverture cuir soigneusement gravée. Quelle autre parure pouvait porter des fables ?


Les prochaines étapes :

Le travail de production qu'il nous reste à réaliser est, principalement de finir l'application, les animations et insérer des physiques «Box2D.» Cela nous demandera quelques mois mais une fois que cela sera fait, approuvé et sans « bug » à vue, nous serons à 95% de notre objectif. Il nous restera alors à l'envoyer, l'imprimer, le relier, le distribuer et faire une publicité du diable.

Si pour débuter simple, nous nous avons choisi de nous concentrer sur la construction de l'application pour iOS, plus tard, nous souhaiterions développer une version similaire pour Android, et l'internet ouvert. L'insertion de personnages non-joueurs sera notre autre défi, pour la version 2. Sean et moi avons développé, il y a quelques années, un système qui permet aux personnages de « parler ». Vous écrivez au personnage (en tapant sur votre clavier) et il vous répond en tenant compte de vos émotions (un peu comme une «chatbot», en anglais).

Mais rien ne pourra voir le jour si notre prochaine étape n'est pas franchie : l'application iOS. C'est seulement à partir de là, que d'autres versions seront disponibles, et que des éléments pourront être améliorés et réactualisés.

Votre aide actuelle est ce ce qui va nous permettre d'y arriver.

Votre soutien :

La majorité de l'argent investi de ce projet est destinée à nous donner le temps nécessaire pour finir l'application, construire les animations et affiner les détails. Vous soutenez ici 25 semaines de production à $300 (210 €) par semaine (soit $7,500, équivalent à 5230 €). Si le projet est financé, il devrait être terminer début octobre 2011.

Nous avons aussi besoin de matériel pour construire ou produire tous vos cadeaux ou contreparties. La fabrication du livre est coûteuse (les couvertures en cuir cousues à la main sont artisanales) et nous devront aussi payer pour certains services, comme l'édition, l'impression, la couture, les frais postaux et autres hôtes non-invités à la fête. Ce budget est évalué à $2000 (soit 1390 €)

Si les choses tournent bien, ce projet sera le premier d'une séries d'aventures en haute mer. Nous sommes heureux que vous fassiez partie du voyage.

Merci pour votre soutien, et même merci beaucoup.

Il était une fois, deux frères qui habitaient dans un petit village, sur la mer. Le plus jeune des deux était très petit, avec une grosse tête mais agile sur ses jambes et adroit de ses mains. L'autre frère se démarquait lui, par une remarquable intelligence, capable de cartographier les rotations des étoiles et concevoir toutes sortes de choses, grandes et mystiques.

A grandir ainsi dans un village de pêcheurs, ils devinrent tout naturellement pêcheurs de crabes et parce qu'ils étaient frères, ils se mirent tout aussi naturellement à travailler ensemble sur le même bateau. Leur réputation de pêcheurs s'étendit vite à toute la région. Parfois, ils ramenaient jusqu'à mille crabes. Pour accomplir un tel exploit, ils avaient leur astuces. Tout d'abord, le plus âgé des frères savait exactement où se trouvaient les crabes. Il les sentaient comme vous respirez. Le jeune frère, les collectaient alors en un clin d'oeil, en usant d'un fantastique casier qu'ils avaient conçu ensemble. Leur butin à bord, les deux frères ajustaient alors leurs avirons et se mettaient à ramer vers leur demeure.

La nature montrant souvent le bon chemin, au fil des années, les deux frères devinrent riches. Le vent était définitivement avec eux. Jamais, ils ne connurent d'infortune. Jamais ils ne se trouvèrent face à une assiette vide. Leur affaire tournait, leur casier spéciaux étaient toujours raccommodés. Ils travaillaient bien ensemble, pouvant compter l'un sur l'autre. Seul point de discorde : il semblait au plus âgé des frères que collecter des crabes n'étaient pas leur destinée, et que peut-être il existait d'autres terres, plus importantes, qui ne demandaient qu'à être découvertes …

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