Kickstart The Art: Past Away: Choose How You’ll Survive!


past awayWelcome to another edition of Kickstart The Art. We’ve been gone for a little while, but we’re back today in a big way. Today’s entry is a high-tech hybrid called Past Away. Christopher Middleton is the creator of Past Away, and he’s made a zombie survival story mixed with a motion comic with a big dash of a choose your own adventure to see how you’ll survive. It’s a unique hybrid that I have never really seen before. It has some sleek and futuristic art to go with the ambitious project.

It may have a lot of bells and whistles, but if it doesn’t have a strong story then all that stuff is for nothing. According to the Kickstarter, the story of Past Away takes place in a not too far off future where an outbreak of violence plagues the overcrowded mega-cities. Jason Brooks is a pizza delivery guy who operates a remote control drone in Zone 13 of the mega-structure called The Place. It’s Halloween and he finds himself having to deliver pizza the old fashioned way in his pizza-mobile. It’s while Jason is out and about that all hell breaks loose.

The goal of the Kickstarter is to finance two aspects really. Middleton shows off a lot of work, but he needs to finish up the engineering and website, and he needs to put together the first episode. The goal is to make a free story online where you can play along and pick what Jason does in the zombie infested mega-city. It’s a motion comic that looks more like a cartoon and you get to decide how the story unfolds. You can check out the video below to see how it all looks.

I think this is one that is definitely worth your attention because it is incredibly unique. I’ve watched a lot of motion comics, I’ve read a lot of zombie stories, and I’ve played a lot of the choose your own adventure games, but I’ve never seen something combine them to the effect it appears Middleton has. You can check out the full Kickstarter page by clicking here to see if Past Away is for you. The Facebook page for the project and other things being worked on by Scindo Media can be checked out by clicking here.


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