Monday, July 16, 2012

Project Spotlight: 'Telikos Protocol' by Peter Cooper and Adam Burn

They say to never judge a book by it's cover, but let's be honest - we all do.  If we didn't companies wouldn't spend so much time and money making things look nice.  It's certainly not the only quality but, especially with creative projects, being aesthetically pleasing goes a long way.  It's also easier to hop on board a Kickstarter campaign when it looks pretty.  This is certainly the case with Peter Cooper and Adam Burn's Telikos Protocol (with Vanquish Interactive), which might be the best-looking comics project to grace the site.

Telikos Protocol is (or, rather, will be) a nine-issue series (at fifty pages an issue) chronicles a futuristic post-apocalyptic landscape full of sci-fi and alien goodness; the details are sparse, but it seems engaging.  What we do know, though, is that the art is gorgeous.  This inherently lends compliment to the story as well, as it's clear that a thoroughly created world is being laid out for us the ride looks to be a good one.

The pledges for this campaign are pretty cool, too.  You've got your basic digital (DRM-free!) and physical copies of various numbers of issues, depending on the level of your pledge, and behind the scenes suppliments.  You can also get a shirt or, if you're really hardcore, a fatigue uniform straight form the comic, with pants, shirt, and hat, completely customized.  It all works to really immerse the reader in the Telikos world, and does a good job at it to boot.

Telikos Protocol shows that there are many Kickstarter projects that aren't necessarily there because they couldn't find backing elsewhere.  Instead, it allows them to do cool things like this and connect with fans and give them what they want - DRM-free issues, uniforms, etc - and keep creative control the whole way.  The preview art for Telikos Protocol is enticing, and if you want to see it in its full glory, be sure to back the project.

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