Below is my interview with Alex Preukschat. his unique and artistic campaign to educate people about Bitcoins.
What is bitcoin comic?
I always wanted to do a comic book about money, because I think it is fundamental to understand the characteristics and functions of money to create a better and fairer society. Bitcoin was a natural choice because it has all the elements for creating a very exciting story that can interest everyone and the fact that we don’t know who Satoshi Nakamoto is makes the whole story behind Bitcoin even more interesting.
How can comics be tied to bitcoins?
Because we create Metacoins or Assets in CounterWallet that allow us to share them using the Bitcoin block chain. This is a very interesting development and we are combining the physical world with the Counterparty technology.
Why purchase this? What’s the link to your campaign
The main goal of the comic book is to educate people about money through Bitcoin. If you believe in Bitcoin it is something that will help you to share passion with your loved once in a fun way. If you want to do it for a selfish reason supporting this graphic novel will help you to grow the value of your Bitcoin holding by growing the community outside of the core group. Since we started working on the graphic novel we always knew we had two audiences. The first audience is the Bitcoin community where we hoped to have a positive reception and so far it has been really good. Our trailer video has been watched 12.000 times (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PuIGcotHWI). We hope that the Bitcoin community will fully embrace the comic book as an educational tool and that from there it will jump out to our second audience, the mainstream comic book readers and general population, as another tool to educate friends and family about Bitcoin joining us at www.swarm.co/comiccoin.
The Hunt For Satoshi has raised 23.45 BTC of its 42 BTC goal and is funding until October 15th. Preview the first 3 pages of the comic.
How did you and your team get into bitcoins and crypto?
I got excited the first time about Bitcoin April 2011 watching a video from Amir Taaki explaining what Bitcoin is. I didn’t understand what Bitcoin was exactly at the time, but the philosophical principles behind Bitcoin resonated with me and I tried to buy some bitcoins with Mt.Gox, but unfortunately my money did get lost somehow and I got Goxed. My son was born around that time and I didn’t look into Bitcoin again until January 2013 because of the friendly and persistent recommendations of my friends Tuur Demeester and Felix Moreno. So I used one of those sleepless nights and did read myself into the details of what Bitcoin is and why it is important to create a better world and got hooked since then. Our email newsletter is growing quickly at BitcoinComic.org and we will update all subscribers on the evolution of the comic book and we hope that many will join the crowd sale via www.swarm.co/comiccoin to support the English edition.
Can you tell me more about your team?
We are a team of three people. Josep Busquet and myself have co-written the script and José Ángel García Ares did the illustrations. I met Ricardo, our Spanish editor from Dibbuks, two years ago at The Angoulême International Comics Festival (the largest comics festival in Europe, and the second biggest in the world) and in October 2013 I proposed him the outline of what I was hoping to do with a comic book about Bitcoin. Ricardo liked the philosophical principles behind Bitcoin immediately and introduced me to Josep to work together on the script. Josep introduced José Ángel to the project and that is how we completed the team. Josep is a well-known script writer and illustrator in the European comic book scene and he focused mainly on creating a story line that would help us to reach as many people as possible to introduce them to the idea of what Bitcoin is. My responsibility was in making sure that we covered the elemental aspects of what Bitcoin is and introducing interesting references to cryptography and the world along the comic book. José Ángel did an amazing job with the illustrations and character creation and he is a very talented artist with whom it is really fun to work with. Ricardo is the owner of Dibbuks, a Spanish comic book publisher, and he got so excited with the project that for the launch of the comic book he will start accepting bitcoins as a method of payment for all his comic book titles online. We hope to continue convincing more people we get in touch with along the way to accept bitcoins as a payment method. Obviously the comic book will also be available on our website, www.BitcoinComic.org, using bitcoins.
What do you like about SWARM?
The SWARM team and myself met in London during CoinSummit July 2014 during our first public appearance since we started working on the Bitcoin Comic for the presentation of our trailer video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PuIGcotHWI . SWARM immediately understood the impact the graphic novel could have inside and outside the Bitcoin community to attract more people to Bitcoin in a fun and easy way. We are the second project that will be crowd funded in SWARM (after SWARM itself) and we hope to pre-sell 1000 comic books to then approach an American comic book publisher to plan a marketing campaign around the Bitcoin comic book in the English speaking world and create lot of positive buzz and discussion about the Bitcoin. We have a list of awesome rewards lined up going from a copy of the book, to a special founder editions to an actual cameo appearance in the comic book. By issuing our own coin – the Comicoin – we will be able to engage more deeply with the Bitcoin community. Comicoin will be redeemable and have voting rights and we are looking into other possibilities, something we believe will make it quite fun also. The SWARM team and ourselves are putting a serious effort into this campaign to create a unique experience for all those that will participate.
What do you want to accomplish with this project?
The main goal of the comic book is to educate people about money through Bitcoin. Since we started working on the graphic novel we always knew we had two audiences. The first audience is the Bitcoin community where we hoped to have a positive reception and so far it has been really good. Our trailer video has been watched 11.000 times. We hope that the Bitcoin community will fully embrace the comic book as an educational tool and that from there it will jump out to our second audience, the mainstream comic book readers and general population, as another tool to educate friends and family about Bitcoin.
Where do you see future of bitcoins?
I have no idea, but the future for block chain based technologies is bright.
What’s future for bitcoin comic ? Outlook ?
We would love to do a mobile app game or an animated movie if people ask for it ☺