Vancouver-produced detective story incorporates comics, webisodes, smartphone apps and more to tell the story

by Liam Britten | Startups

This year’s New York Comic Con will have a decidedly West Coast flavour, with Vancouver-based Dream Detective Media Properties unveiling their innovative “transmedia” detective story Are You Awake? on October 8.

Are You Awake? is a film noir-style detective tale that unfolds across several mediums, including a smartphone application, a graphic novel, “mixed-reality” comic, original music, webisodes and a new fashion line. Only by experiencing all of these aspects of the story will all the details be revealed to readers.

The most innovative feature of Are You Awake? is the smartphone application, and the way it interacts with the mixed-reality comic. When certain parts of the comic are scanned by a smartphone, the reader will be given access to new dialogue, music and images that add depth to the story. The comic will be given out for free to all 50,000 convention attendees.

Are You Awake? is the brainchild of two Vancouver companies, Dream Detective Media Properties Inc. and Zeros 2 Heroes Media Inc. Dream Detective is run by Keith Turner, a global investment banker and four-time nominee for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Turner is also a published author, songwriter and radio host and is the executive producer of Are You Awake?

Zeroes 2 Heroes is a social media company that seeks to create compelling and profitable genre entertainment properties that can be distributed as feature-length films, television, video games, original digital content or print. President Matt Toner sees Are You Awake? as an example of the high-quality work Zeroes 2 Heroes can produce.

“Are You Awake? showcases an entirely new way to create entertainment properties that are destined for film or television,” said Toner. “Digital audience experiences allow producers like Keith to connect with fans by giving them multiple points of interaction with the story, the characters and the creators.”

To check out Are You Awake? online, check out the story’s website here.

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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