About this project
Hi! I'm Sutu. I'm an interactive comic artist and the creator of the Webby Award winning Nawlz and the FWA winning NEOMAD. Today I'm creating a new story with my own new technology. It's called MODERN POLAXIS and it's an Augmented Reality comic book.
The story is about a paranoid time traveller known as Modern Polaxis. The book will be presented as Polaxis's private journal. Polaxis writes about his day to day life, but all his secret information, his paranoid delusions and conspiracy theories, he hides away in the Augmented Reality layer.
Only those (like you) with the right tool (an iPhone or an iPad) can unlock Polaxis's hidden journal and hear and see what is really going on....or it least what Polaxis believes is really going on. It is possible that he is completely mad.
All you'll need to do is buy the comic book and download the 'Polaxis' app (for FREE) from the iTunes App Store. Then, you point your camera at the comic and the pages will come to life. The app will work with both the printed comic book and the pdf.
Polaxis believes the world we live in is a projection from another plane in the universe. This projection is known as Intafrag and is patrolled by Intafrag agents. The agents monitor glitches and pursue time travelling fugitives. Polaxis believes he is one of these fugitives. He can't quite prove any of this because he was pretty wasted the last time he time travelled but either way he is certain the Intafrag agents are after him. The story follows Polaxis from a boring office job in Brisbane (Australia) to a house party in Montreal to the Amazon jungles of Peru. He travels the globe evading the Intafrag agents. He must hurry, for IF the fabric of our reality is merely a flickering light, what happens when someone flicks the switch off?
The story will incorporate real audio, footage, and photography and the story itself is based on true events. In that sense, reality is truly augmented as fact and fiction are blurred.
Lots of exciting things are already happening...
"Another mind-bending creation from Sutu, the creator of NAWLZ” - Scott McCloud (author of Understanding Comics)
"The future of comic books..." - geek.com
Sutu on TV
For friends and fans in Australia, there is a documentary on me and my art practice tonight (Tuesday July 8 @ 10pm). The creative process of Modern Polaxis will be a feature of the documentary. Check it out here: http://www.abc.net.au/arts/stories/s4033964.htm
Modern Polaxis at the Fantoche International Animation Festival
I will be exhibiting Modern Polaxis at Fantoche in Switzerland this September. I will also be performing a live Modern Polaxis AR projection performance.
Modern Polaxis will include over 40 pages of audiovisual content. Sutu will be collaborating with musician and sound designer Lhasa Mencur to create original soundscapes for every page. Lhasa has a fine reputation for creating immersive sound experiences for video games, as well as being an accomplished electronica musician.
NEW REWARDS! $55 for both books or $65 for both books signed
A kickstarter special only. You can get a pre-release of Sutu's latest comic (only available here ). There is a limited quantity. For current backers it is possible to up your pledge to include the new comic. For more info and a preview of Krysalis visit: http://www.sutueatsflies.com/krysalis/
$2000 Shipping (based upon an estimated 60/40 split between US and International orders)
$3000 Printing costs
$2500 App development - includes app optimisation for iPhone and iPad, UI design
$1000 Sound design
$500 Kickstarter fees
Our Augmented Reality Technology is built on the backbone of our own BOOMCORE technology. Sutu and Lukasz have collaborated over the last 4 years to develop BOOMCORE, a software used for the creation of animation and interactive digital content. BOOMCORE has been used to produce over 20 episodes of content across 4 story franchises including Sutu's own Nawlz and Neomad.
Your investment in Polaxis is also an investment in the ongoing development of the BOOMCORE framework and the release of more exciting and innovating story experiences in the future. The potential for this technology is not limited to comic books and could easily apply to many forms of media including magazines, stickers, t-shirts, posters as well as screen content.
$10,000 Additional layer of AR to 5 pages
$11,000 New AR activated poster
$13,000 5 additional pages of artwork
More Art from Polaxis...
Risks and challenges
The project is in a good place. I have written the story and have already completed about 20 pages of illustrations and animations. I still need to create 20 more pages of illustrations, complete with animations and sound design in order to finish the Augmented Reality comic book. As you can see from the video we've made great headway on the programming for the Augmented Reality technology. Now, we need to optimise that technology so that the app can manage 40 pages of animation and run smoothly on both the iPhone and iPad.
To resolve these challenges I am working with the genius AR programmer Lukasz Karluk. Lukasz and I have worked together over the last 4 years to develop BOOMCORE, a framework for delivering interactive stories including NAWLZ and NEOMAD. The most recent update of the BOOMCORE framework has been the addition of the Augmented Reality capability. This means I can continue to create my animations the way I have for my last projects only now, they will work in the new dimension of Augmented Reality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We have looked in to it but unfortunately an Android version is beyond the capacity of our team and by team I mean myself and Lukasz. Lukasz is the programmer for the project and he specialises in iOS and OSX.
You will be able to download the app from the iTunes App store to both your iPhone and iPad. You can download a beta version of the app right now: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/polaxis/id550870541…
The comic books will be shipped in October.
I'm Sutu. I'm an International award winning illustrator and interactive designer from Australia. I have over 10 years experience in creating innovating and rich multimedia experiences. I'm best known for being a pioneer of interactive comics, and as the creator of NAWLZ, an online interactive sci-fi comic series and NEOMAD, an interactive comic book/space opera set in the Australian outback. I have also adapted traditional Australian Aboriginal stories into interactive comics as part of his work with Big hART (a social arts and justice organisation), created multimedia installations for Australia's National Museum and pilot training programs for Australia's Defence Force. My work has been exhibited in Australia and internationally and I have been a keynote speaker at numerous international design events and comic festivals.
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