Neon Wasteland is a new kind of comic book that uses augmented reality to bring every panel to life. Inspired by late 1980's Japanese cyberpunk animation, the story is set in a universe that can be described as Mad Max meets the Matrix.
Putting the Punk Back in Cyberpunk
At its core, Neon Wasteland is a satire about the world we live in, the real power and danger that we continue to uncover through technology and the seductive pull of artificial reality. It’s about the constant struggle between our physical and digital identities and the value of human connection in a society where we seem to be increasingly alienated.
It’s a psychedelic-colored world where gender and race are fluid, and the characters reflect more of the diverse audience of comic fans. The story is about empowering the underdog and giving a voice to those who are going unheard.
The Story So Far
In 2088 most humans no longer have a physical form. They have achieved digital immortality through the "OmniVerse”, a massive orbital computer system spreading throughout the galaxy. Those who are still human live inside a sprawling factory slum known as Earth where they are grown by various corporations to help maintain computer hardware.
The main storyline focuses on two rival gangs living on Earth. When a sudden outbreak of undead mutant soldiers overruns their camp, they begin to question the nature of their reality which in turn causes it to slowly unravel revealing a much darker truth.
HOW IT WORKS
All you need to do is download the free Neon Wasteland AR app (iOS and Android) and point it at your comic book (or PDF) and watch the panels come to life.
Or read it like a traditional comic book without ever touching a smart phone. Neon Wasteland is designed to work both ways so no matter how you want to read it you will still experience the main story line without missing a beat.
If you feel like digging a bit deeper the AR app also supports simple interactive elements such as talking to characters, examining items, decoding secret messages and opening locked doors. These sequences serve as a way to expand the Neon Wasteland universe but are NOT required to understand the main story arch.
How much you decide to use the AR app is up to you.
TRY IT OUT NOW
Download the current "Neon Wasteland AR" app from the App or Play Store and point it at this image to see it come to life!
OTHER REWARDS DEMO
(Limited edition prints included in comic bundles not available as add-ons)
Check out the prints available here.
Check out the prints available here.
** A Note to International Buyers **
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Risks and challenges
All the interactive features of the AR app are written and fully functionally. This will be our 3rd AR app published on both the App and Play stores so there is little to no risk regarding the AR technology and its ability to operate across a wide variety of devices. Compressing this many images and animations into a single mobile app is always a challenge but there are a number of time tested techniques that we have in order to ensure it will be a success.
Issue #1 of the comic book is fully written and roughly 50% complete (22 pages illustrated and animated). All additional physical rewards are complete and ready for production. We have purchased samples for all our main physical rewards to ensure quality and cost. We have also established our shipment cost and process in advance to streamline the process.
The weeks before delivery will be devoted entirely to producing the remaining pages of the comic (and their corresponding animations).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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