Posts Tagged ‘characters’
I just discovered an amazing new app for Apple’s iPad that I have to share here. It’s called “Alice” and is best on the bestselling classic, Alice in Wonderland. But this isn’t your typical re-hashing of Alice and the rabbit…oh no. Chris Stevens and Ben Roberts of Atomic Antelope, Ltd. have re-imagined this 145 year-old story from Lewis Carroll in a fresh, unique way by marrying together the power of storytelling with physics. The result is an experience that looks like it was scripted straight out of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (my all-time favorite movie).
So what makes THIS version of Alice in Wonderland so unique? It’s the way you can interact with it! You tilt your iPad one way and Alice grows…you tilt the other way and she shrinks. Shake your iPad and the Mad Hatter’s head bobbles. Heck, you can even throw cards at the Queen of Hearts! “Alice” is truly a magical book experience that very well could define the future of children’s books.
The best part of this “new” creation is that it just goes to demonstrate, once again, that ANYTHING is possible with Public Domain content. Just apply your own creative innovation to it, like Chris and Ben did, and you end up with a runaway best-selling app (not an easy task). You can learn more about “Alice” on the Atomic Antelope website. And to get an idea of just how fun this app truly is, I’ll close with the “Alice” promo video.
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?
You might have already figured this out about me, but in case you haven’t yet…here is a big revelation…I’m weird in a good, but sometimes obsessive kind of way…grin. It’s Christmas Day and I’m sitting in the Living Room relaxing waiting for Susan’s children to arrive. Susan is in the kitchen making a yummy squash and cranberry pie, music is playing in the background, life is good. I was sitting here thinking about the great time we had last night with my family and girls and, BAM, this statement pops into my head, “Jesus is in the Public Domain!” That’s all I needed to hear…my curious mind hit the ground running.
“That’s right…he is…Jesus IS in the Public Domain…funny…never thought about it before.” I guess it’s a good thing too…without the Public Domain, Christmas just wouldn’t be the same. You figure, Jesus, Mary and all the Bible crew are in the Public Domain…if they weren’t you would have to pay royalties to someone to use them in your stories, decorations and more…whew…good thing no one figured out how to capitalize on that one. But actually, I guess they did because any of us, or ALL of us, have the right to create products using Jesus as the central theme…solely because he is indeed in the Public Domain.
And let’s not forget Santa Claus…good ‘ole St. Nick! He’s in the Public Domain too! So is Jack Frost, snowmen and toy soldiers! So I guess you could say that the Public Domain is responsible for the commercialization of Christmas…thank God! (who is also in the Public Domain, BTW).
So why am I writing about this…on Christmas of all days? To make a point. The Public Domain is FULL of characters you can use to create all types of products and derivative works, and certain segments of corporate America (and other countries) “get it”…do you? Today marks the release of a new movie I really want to see…” Sherlock Holmes.” His character is in the Public Domain so Hollywood (or anyone else) can do whatever they want with him.
As a matter of fact, speaking of Hollywood, there are a number of new movies coming out (or already out) using characters from the Public Domain…A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland…even New Moon (vampires and werewolfs are in the Public Domain). Even the cruise I recently took demonstrated the reach of the Public Domain…the entire ship (Carnival Miracle) was decorated with Public Domain characters and images (watch for a separate post on that).
As I sat thinking about popular characters that are in the Public Domain, I began a list and soon realized that there were a LOT of characters out there. Here are a few of the gang I wrote down:
- Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the whole Bible full of characters…and let’s not forget Buddha…he’s in the Public Domain too!
- Scary Creatures and monsters like vampires, werewolfs, zombies, dragons, mummies and witches (and more).
- Mythological characters like Zeus, Pegasus, Medusa and Hercules.
- And then there are aliens (little green men and grays), robots, pirates and genies.
- Oh and let’s not forget many of the nursery rhyme characters, characters from oral traditions (like White Buffalo Woman from the Lakota).
- And the list goes on and on. It’s likely you are thinking of tons more characters even now.
These Public Domain characters originate from a wide variety of sources…I’ve already alluded to some of them…religious writings, oral traditions, books and stories, movies and radio shows, comic books, paintings and illustrations, patents and more. And of course, when it comes to creating derivative works using characters…well…the sky is the limit, from movies and books to t-shirt designs and toys…and any and all variations thereof!
So when you are brainstorming your next products…think about characters from the Public Domain. How can you use THEM to help build your business? They are a goldmine just waiting for you to grab your share of the booty. I guess the bigger question is, will you?