Survivors of a devastating attack on Mars band together to leave the crippled world, but will their sins, and those of their government, keep them from ever escaping?
Calling Home: Damaged Echoes, is the second Twitter-based story I plan on writing building on events which happened during my first story, Calling Home, which was written on Twitter and Plurk in 2008 and converted into a graphic novel/web comic in '09-'10.
For CH: Damaged Echoes I want to take Twitter story telling to the next level and add more interactivity to it, letting the characters reply to people within the constraints of their fictional universe. As in the previous Calling Home story, each character will have their own twitter account and will talk to each other through mentions, hastags, lists, as well as retweets. The story will be revealed primarily with dialogue in Twitter, with essential setting information described in passing conversation and via other pieces of media including podcasts, character blog entries, original art, and if I can get enough funding maybe even some video.
In order to make the story as "real" as possible to the people following these individuals, I need to get an artist to make character designs, create Twitter backgrounds for each character as well as some work for the project's website design (banners, and other small graphics). The more I raise, the more I can add to the project.
In return, the more you donate, the greater you can affect the story.
What is Calling Home?
Calling Home was a social media Sci-Fi story written using Twitter and Plurk as a medium. Each character had their own account and would communicate with each other through Twitter and Plurk.
To the characters, they were talking over a System Status Message (SSM) short message system that one of the characters hacked as a lifeline outside of her dying ship. To us, it was a way to experience their story one 140 character message at a time.
Calling Home was one of the first to use Twitter in this way: a complete story delivered only using dialogue between characters.
If you'd like to read the original story, you can find more information on how to read it here:
In 2009 Calling Home was adapted and released as a graphic novel. You can read that version here: Calling Home
Here are a couple of panels from the graphic novel:
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