In the year 2061, three friends grapple with revolutionary change when Sprout Computers releases the most visionary piece of personal technology ever created. The latest sci-fi mindbender from writer Greg Pak ("Planet Hulk") and penciller R.B. Silva ("Jimmy Olsen").
Today Google released a new promotional video for Google Glass, a pair of glasses that provide the viewer with an interactive overlay on the real world.
If you're interested in how Google Glass might affect your life in the next few years, read "Vision Machine" today. "Vision Machine" is a FREE graphic novel and iPad app written by Greg Pak and drawn by R.B. Silva that explores what happens when Sprout Computers releases the iEye, a pair of glasses that lets you instantly record, edit, add special effects to, and share anything you can see or imagine.
It's a brand new world of insane creative opportunities -- and tremendous privacy and surveillance challenges.
The "Vision Machine" iPad app, written and directed by Greg Pak, is one of the featured projects that will be discussed at the Tablet Storytelling Takes Off New Frontier panel at the Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday, January 22. Pak will attend the panel, along with Scott Snibbe (Björk’s Biophilia, Beck’s Rework: Philip Glass Remixed), Eli Horowitz (Silent History), and Loc Dao (Circa 1948).
ITVS's Karim Ahmad interviewed "Vision Machine" writer and director Greg Pak about the "Vision Machine" project. Here's an excerpt:
Ahmad: But what I love about the Vision Machine app is that it’s really testing the limits of what is usually considered “acceptable” functionality for a digital comic. Like the fact that you include a complete voice and music soundtrack!
Pak: Yes! That was key for me. Many digital comics have musical scores, but we might actually be the first out of the gate with a full voice soundtrack.
We also wanted to include some really substantial extras and a social media interactive element. So throughout the story, there are “IRL” buttons that you can tap to bring up videos of real world luminaries (including internet superstar Jonathan Coulton) talking about the ramifications of the story’s themes and ideas. And you can enable a Twitter stream that shows you tweets that use the #visionmachine hashtag. We’re planning to use that Twitter stream to do virtual events, like panels or Q&As, that you can follow live in the app.
On Friday, October 12, at 12:30 pm, writer Greg Pak will debut the iPad app version of his "Vision Machine" graphic novel at the the New York Comic-Con. Now check out the "Making Of" video that tells the story of how the cast and crew worked together to make this revolutionary interactive digital comics app!
2012.10.12 - Debuting the Vision Machine iPad app at the New York Comic-Con!
Writer Greg Pak will debut the iPad app version of his graphic novel "Vision Machine" at the New York Comic-Con this Friday with a slew of special guests! Pak will also give out free copies of the "Vision Machine" trade paperback.
Speakers: Andy Ihnatko , Barrett Fox , David Libby , Greg Pak , Jonathan Coulton , Karim Ahmad , Phil LaMarr, David Libby, Ian Stynes
Description: Get a first look at the future of enhanced digital comics as writer Greg Pak ("Planet Hulk," "Robot Stories") and voice actor Phil LaMarr ("Futurama," "Justice League") debut the iPad app version of Pak's acclaimed sci-fi graphic novel "Vision Machine," which includes a full soundtrack, music, animation and amazing interactive features. And get a free copy of the "Vision Machine" paperback! Also featured on the panel: app developer Barrett Fox (Coco Studios), funder Karim Ahmad (ITVS), composer David Libby, sound designer Ian Stynes, and internet superstar musician Jonathan Coulton, who's interviewed in app's extras.
My graphic novel "Vision Machine," pencilled by the brilliant RB Silva, was funded by the Ford Foundation and is distributed for FREE under a Creative Commons license that allows anyone to reuse and remix it non-commercially, as long as they credit Pak Man Productions.
Now we're making it much easier for any would-be remixers out there by releasing the unlettered colored pages of "Vision Machine" for download!
If you're in New York, you have several chances to score an actual physical copy of the "Vision Machine" graphic novel. Writer Greg Pak will be giving the books away for free at various events over the next few days:
Wednesday, October 12 - Pak will sit on the Kyopo Project Panel and give away "Vision Machine" books at the signing afterwards.
Friday-Sunday, October 14-16 - Pak will be at the New York Comicon and will give away books at his table in Artists Alley, N3.