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A gang of video game makers, social media stars and comics stars are teaming up for…a project! Ashfall is the name of this transmedia IP property, and Liithos is the name of the new AAA gaming and entertainment studio behind it. The folks involved: Michael Mumbauer and John Garvin, both formerly of Playstation and such games as Day Gone and The Last of Us, (Days Gone) and choreographer and TikTok superstar Michael Le (52.2 million followers).
Ashfall is in development as a AAA video game, but it’s debuting as a comic book, naturally, written by Garvin with artwork by Paul Pelletier (Aquaman, Guardians of the Galaxy, et al), Brett Booth (Backlash, Gunslinger), Tony Harris (Starman, Ex Machina), and more. But it’s also showing up as a series of shorts on TikTok starring Le and influencer Slider Jesus (257k followers on Instagram).
Also involved the Web3 marketplace CoinZoom and platform Hedera, because there will be digital collectibles (the new name for NFTs.)
The Ashfall comic is due in March and will introduce the Ashfall universe, set in a world where Seattle has been underwater for hundreds of years, and danger lurks:
The Trace – deadly pockets of dark energy – has brought mutation, ruin, and chaos wherever they appeared. With civilization devolved into factions and enclaves and humanity fighting over resources and differing ideologies, Ash Naranjo, born without arms, is taken by the Order of Life Science, who give him TechGyn prosthetic arms and other nano implants – changing him forever. Now one of the Order’s Ghosts, Ash fights for the United Enclaves, vowing to destroy the oppressive Freelanders who have taken his family and destroyed his homeland.
The five-episode Ashfall TikTok series debuts this Sunday, January 29th, and subsequent episodes will roll out every Sunday. This will be accompanied by the release of free (except for a $1.50x processing fee) digital collectibles on CoinZoom, with art by animation and film artist Coran Stone (Young Justice, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1), Fico Ossio (artist and co-creator of “No One Left to Fight”, Spider-Man), Eisner Award Winner John Cassaday (Planetary, Astonishing X-Men), Dave Wilkins (Masters of the Universe: Revelation #3, Star Wars – Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison), Eisner Award winner Karl Kerschl (Adventures of Superman, Majestic), and Tom Raney (Annihilation: Conquest, Alpha Flight, Ultimate X-Men). Collect all five and you get a mystery sixth collectible.
Whew! This one has all the hot genres: TikTok, video games, NFTs and comics books. It’s all part of the plan, says Mumbauer. “We are looking to collaborate, integrate, and elevate multimedia experiences with these superstars like Michael Le for the next generation. The Liithos TikTok Creators series is the first of many experiences Liithos is looking to launch to create easily traversable pathways between medias and the evolving web space.”
But there is also a comic book, and here is some cover art: