Project 39’s Graphic Novel Technology is Elementary, My Dear Watson

Project 39’s Graphic Novel Technology is Elementary, My Dear Watson


As Benedict Cumberbatch fans know, Sherlock Holmes transcends time. The latest incarnation of the famed Victorian sleuth has demonstrated that Holmes is perfectly at home in the 21st century world, and Watson is thoroughly convincing as his flatmate, partner in crime-solving, and pal. ComicFlix figured that the print-to-television transformation would work just as well in reverse, with a television-to-print version. With a twist: the print version that will be home to Project 39 will turn a 1954 Sherlock Holmes television series into comic books. With Indiegogo crowdfunding and technology that turns movies and television programs into comic books that capture cinematic realism with matching visuals and dialogue, Sherlock Holmes is about to enter the world of graphic novels.

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The game’s afoot! ComicFlix has built the world’s first scalable video-to-comic engine that can be applied to movies and TV shows. You’re dubious; you want to know the facts. The end result seems impossible; you want to know how this can possibly happen. You have a few questions. Quite right; any fan of Sherlock Holmes wants to know the details of this particular mystery.

Who is ComicFlix?

ComicFlix is a company with a team of engineers in Bangalore, India, combined with team members in the United States, Canada, Europe, and India who have built the technology that can create a new, “readable” format that turns videos, movies and television into comics.

Why comics? Because they strip away a story’s extraneous aspects to focus on the specifics. The medium allows the imagination to take over so that the reader is drawn into the story.

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What is Project 39?

It’s the inaugural effort for the ComicFlix technology platform. The team, headed by founder Olyvia Rakshit, is made up of ardent Sherlock Holmes fans. They’re using 39 25-minute episodes of the popular 1954 television series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories. The series was produced by Sheldon Reynolds and starred Ronald Holmes as the famed detective. Each of the original black-and-white episodes becomes a 50-plus page comic book that’s recreated with a vintage touch.

How can crowdfunding help?

In order to produce all 39 books in the next few months, ComicFlix needs to raise $10,000 through its crowdfunding campaign. The team of bright and enthusiastic technologists, designers and storytellers has already
invested more than 4000 person-hours maturing the technology and processes, working over a year to successfully create samples from a variety of movies, television programs, and videos. They’re now ready for their first commercial release.

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How can the books be read?

The books are best when read on a tablet. Most of the technology is automated using sophisticated imagery and video- and audio-processing. When the comic development part of the procedure is finished, the designers add special effects with editorial tools.

How has this come to be?

A year ago, Olyvia Rakshit’s seven-year-old daughter drew a picture of a pair of goggles and told her mother that the glasses could convert books into movies. Rakshit is both an attentive mother and an engineer. She wondered whether there was a way to convert text into movies. The opposite happened when she ended up thinking it would be interesting to read some of her favorite movies as comic books. Rakshit has a decade of experience in leading product and engineering teams at venture-backed and public technology firms. She loves reading, writing, and perfecting the customer-product experience. Deciding to try the entrepreneurial lifestyle for a change, she quit her job as the product manager for the large tech company that she worked for, hired a few freelancers, tested the idea, and ComicFlix came into being.

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What’s next?

The debut of Sherlock Holmes as a graphic novel hero, of course. t’s elementary!

Contribute to Project 39: Vintage Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novels HERE!



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