The second episode of the animated webcomic The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator by Tommy Lee Edwards and Edgar Wright, narrated by Julian Barratt and created to promote Internet Explorer and all its fancy new stuff has just gone live.
It is also the first episode to incorporate user generated content in response to the first episode. Here's the bumf. Edgar Wright is quoted as saying "I am very pleased by how well Brandon has been received, especially since it is a something of a personal cry for help that I drink too much coffee. 24 hours after the first episode launched we had several hundreds of content submissions and tens of thousands of people were watching it. The level of creativity and imagination has been incredibly impressive and people seem to have adopted Brandon's world and carved characters and plotlines around it. We've had people of all abilities getting involved from school children to Hollywood scriptwriters who've been inspired by the story. I think people are going to love the second episode, because we have managed to weave in the work of some 69 contributors, none of which I have ever met. It's exciting because this is where the action really starts and the audience see their ideas brought to life by Tommy and myself."
With Tommy quoted as saying "Episode two features elements from nearly 70 different pieces of submitted artwork, voice messages, and prose. We're adding more layers to the user content by asking people to submit an image of themselves for the chance to be illustrated into Brandon's world. I'm personally most excited about the way we will need help from all the artists out there at the end of #2. Brandon's fate in #3 truly depends on the creativity of the users."
The PR states that;
The second episode sees Brandon come face to face with his caffeine addiction as the world around him begins to unravel. Brandon is left wondering whether a mysterious girl is the heroine he's been hoping for and the audience are asked to help decide his fate by uploading a photo of themselves at the end of the episode for a chance to be illustrated by Tommy Lee Edwards and penned into the adventure in later episodes.
Viewers are transported to the driving seat of Brandon's car where they have more power than ever to affect the story. A misty windscreen invites the audience to help Brandon, drawing him out of trouble by sketching his escape route to the next scene. A trapped piece of paper on the windscreen encourages viewers to suggest what happens next by writing storyline ideas, while the phone and business card allows users to leave voice or Skype messages for Brandon. Audiences can view all the images, plotlines and messages left for Brandon andIE9 users also benefit from exclusive content, notifications and instant access to social feeds via the unique Pinning and Jump List functionality.
Of, like me, just watch it on Firefox and it's all fine. La la la la la.
With ShiftyLook, Threadless and more, it's interesting to see new funding avenues emerging for comics from big name creators. Why can't everything be a comic?
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