Hengtee, Nancy, the team, and I wanted to make LongShorts stories are stories for people going places.
We all love stories (📚books, 💬comics, 🎬movies, 🎮games) and missed getting into them during the day when we're on the way to work or wherever we're going. Lots of times we didn't have a lot of time, only a moment, and that moment often got filled with Twitter, Facebook, etc. To be honest though, we didn't feel like social media was inspiring us the way a good story could, so we made LongShorts.
LongShorts are long stories told through short statuses.
It's like taking your favorite characters from a book or tv show, and having them act out their lives in real-time on Twitter. And that's what we've done with some of the great characters from classics like:
(written by Jodi Trask, illustrated by Ariel Iacci)
(Written by Hengtee, illustrated by Viktor Leon)
And all original stories like:
(Written by Hengtee, cover art by Luis Mendo)
We've made over 100 weeks (the stories play out in week-long episodes) at this point of adaptations, originals, and collaborations for upcoming games/movies.
We've built a scheduling tool to tell the stories on Twitter that allows the creators of stories to have the characters interact with each other, schedule notifications, and many other details that make the stories stand out. Then our reading app pulls together their creations and all the characters in one place.
This is a project the team and I have been working towards for some time, and have started testing it out "in the wild" starting at the beginning of this year. It actually was made possible in part by Canvas too, since that's how Hengtee joined the team! We're also excited about our other Canvas collaborations that are in the works with Christopher Piatkowski, Yapi Santiago, and a few more hopefully coming soon! (see below😊)
Hopefully you'll check out a story and tell me or Hengtee what you love, hate, and want to see more of!
And if you're a writer, illustrator, photographer, or just someone with a a crazy idea and want to be one of the first to get your story out on this platform, please don't hesitate to comment or get in touch!
I make small apps and real world hacks, while trying to make new tools for writers with my team.