Today at the WIRED Café at Comic-Con International, in San Diego, iStockphoto announced the beginning of its Collective Comic Project, a community-driven digital comic progressively illustrated by 10 leading iStock artists. The comic’s storyline will be developed with input from event attendees and members of Feast, iStock’s online gathering place for creative people.
Comic-Con participants, iStock members and comic fans the world over have the opportunity to choose the story’s hero, villain, location, genre, love interest and problem by visiting feast.istockphoto.com. There they will be presented with a series of options for the various components of the story and will be able to vote for their favourites.
Participants will have the chance to submit their own original ideas as well. The final concept for the comic will be driven by the most popular selections as well as any other suggestions that are simply too good to pass up. At that point, the first illustrator will have seven days to create a set of panels and advance the story before the next artist takes over the following week.
Voting will continue through July 17 and the results will be revealed on the Feast site on July 25 along with information about each contributing artist. The first panel will be uploaded on August 1. Each week the newest panel will be available on the site for viewing and public commentary, which may then be worked back into the story. The comic will be completed by the end of September.