Kickstarter has been a useful tool for independent creators of films, art, and even comic books. There’s no shortage of good projects that could use some support to get them up and running, so it really takes a unique project to stand out. One of these unique projects is “The Way (of Yahweh)” by creator/writer/artist Jason Tucker. This comic is making itself stand out with the introduction of fan chosen storylines. Fans have been able to vote on stories before to choose the direction they go in, so we are familiar with the idea. One of the best examples of this is when Batman fans proved they were vicious monsters and voted to kill off Robin. The DC vs. Marvel mini-series also operated on fan votes as readers decided whether DC or Marvel would win. “The Way” operates like this, but on a bigger scale. The readers get to choose pretty much everything that happens in this story. I’ll let the promotional video explain:
The fan chosen storylines are only a part of what makes this project intriguing. There’s no point in having people vote on stories if the stories aren’t very good. Luckily Jason Tucker has put together a pretty interesting premise for his comic. His futuristic tale of what happens to faith when it is scientifically proven false has a lot of potential. There are so many different ideologies and beliefs that could come into play here that this story could really go in any direction. Chances are it will be a bit more thought provoking than the average read.
Choosing how a city is destroyed can be fun too.
I enjoy comics that go beyond the well known beat up the bad guys archetype and actually discuss important topics. It is always good to see differing viewpoints on topics such as religion, and this comic will provide a great way to see exactly this. Keeping track of how many people vote for each potential branch of the story could be a fun little social experiment. I would really like to see this comic happen. Unfortunately, it is still quite a ways away from reaching its Kickstarter goal. If you find this idea as intriguing as I do check out the Kickstarter page for “The Way”.