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Crowdsourcing Mornings: MIND MGMT Comic Book & Read-Along Vinyl Record


This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Matt Kindt grew up loving read-along book and records like Planets of the Apes and Pete’s Dragon and he always wanted to experiment with this format to tell a comic book story in a new and unique way.  Audio stories and read-along records have been made before, but, as far as we know, no one’s ever told an original story with a read-along comic book and record for adults.  So he decided to bring back MIND MGMT for a stand alone story and accompanying vinyl record with a twist, and make comic book history along the way.

Dark Horse Comics has been the publisher of MIND MGMT and they’ve been a great home for the series.  All six volumes of the series are in print today and he is thrilled with their support.  But they don’t make records.  Are there others out there, like him, that have a love of this storytelling format, and interest in an original comic book story and read-along vinyl record?  We’re about to find out!  This new story is designed with audio in mind, with the comic book meant to be read along with the audio simultaneously. The entire story takes up both side A and B of the 7″ record and the total run-time is approximately fifteen minutes.  Just like the read-along book and records he grew up with, the record/audio will contain cues to let the reader know when it is time to turn the page.

But there’s a twist.  Rather than simply having a comic that illustrates the audio, the comic book story will subvert the audio that you’re hearing and the images will work completely differently when viewed while listening to the record (or digital download). The audio by itself does tell a story and the comic book by itself also tells a story – but by reading and listening simultaneously an entirely new experience will be created.  The custom green vinyl record will also contain some subversive “backwards masking” with hidden messages and the comic book will also have layers of hidden messages and meaning. It’s an audio/visual experience that will most certainly reward multiple reads and listens.

As of July 16th, this project has raised $40,000 of their $12,500 goal. This project has 24 days left to raise as much as it can.  For a pledge of $5, you will get a PDF comic book and audio file.  For a pledge of $25, you will get a comic book and vinyl record.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1266952446/mind-mgmt-comic-book-and-read-along-vinyl-record

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