As information publishers, It is very tempting to ONLY consider books or magazine articles for out products, blogs, articles, etc. Of course, I’ve been preaching for years about the power of Public Domain images for creating products, and quite honestly, every one of you should have your own Zazzle.com or CafePress.com store to sell “original” creations based on Public Domain content. Here is one of mine: Generation 7. There are a LOT of other products you can create using images and photos…but that isn’t what THIS post is about. It’s about something else…characters from the Public Domain.
I always keep a pulse on what others are doing with Public Domain content and “Moon Girl” caught my attention. It’s a new iPhone app comic being written by Tony Trov and John Zito. Here is the cool part…”Moon Girl” is a little known character from the 40’s and is the Public Domain, enabling Trov and Zito to revive her as a character. What a great idea and a perfect example of using Public Domain content in new, innovative ways. Now, thanks to an artist known as “The Rahzzah” Moon girls looks a bit different these days…but again, that’s the beauty of the Public Domain…you can do whatever you want with it! You can purchase the Moon Girl app HERE or in the iTunes App Store…AND you can read a preview HERE.
Below are examples of the “old” and “new” Moon Girl are below. You might also notice that the delivery method is QUITE different as well!
In my e-book, Easy Money Picture Project, I wrote about the importance of Public Domain characters to product creation and shared a growing list of characters known to be in the Public Domain. I created an excerpt PDF which you can download and enjoy HERE. As you would imagine, EMPP has a LOT of great strategies for using Public Domain images to create products hidden in its 200+ pages. I guess that’s why customers LOVE it!
So let me ask you…what ideas can YOU come up with based on characters from the Public Domain? Review the list and share your thoughts in the comments. Thanks!
BTW…Hollywood has figured this one out! With “Sherlock Holmes” out (a character from the Public Domain) and a new “Alice in Wonderland” coming out…not to mention, “Treasure Island” and “The Three Muskateers,” the Public Domain is proving to be a goldmine for Hollywood…why not for you as well?