Morgan

Believe in change

Dagný

The Shield Bearer

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Ash Pure

Space Shaman or Cosmic Con Man?

Adul

Iconoclast or Terrorist?

WHAT IS SPECTRA?

SPECTRA IS A HIGHLY COLLABORATIVE, OPEN SOURCE STORY PROJECT

SPECTRA IS AN EPISODIC SCI-FI ADVENTURE SERIES FILLED WITH DIVERSE AND COMPLEX CHARACTERS AND WORLDS

SPECTRA IS A MEANS TO EXPLORE CURRENT SOCIAL CONCERNS IN AN ENGAGING AND CONSTRUCTIVE FICTIONAL SPACE

HOW IS SPECTRA MADE?

THE PROJECT IS STEERED WEEKLY BY A CORE CREATIVE TEAM, WHO DISCUSS THE CONCEPT, THE FICTIONAL WORLDS AND CHARACTERS, AND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO PROGRESS, PRODUCE AND SHARE THE STORIES.

SPECTRA: Episode 10.2 Bringing It All Together Part 2

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The final podcast episode of season one! Part two of wrapping it up and bringing it all together. Lara Ash Pure Saud and Miguel talk about how to end the story line. And then, how to continue from that.

If you’re new to SPECTRA, better start at the beginning.

Take a look at the characters sheets and artworks.

Here’s our story progress so far.

If YOU want to become a part of the SPECTRA universe, send an email to spectrauniversegroup (at) gmail.com.

SPECTRA: Episode 10.1 Bringing It All Together Part 1

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Season 1 finale! And it’s so big that we had to split it in two! We’re wrapping it up and bringing it all together. Lara Ash Pure Saud and Miguel talk about what is still missing and how to fill those gaps. There are some critical choices to be made (no not merchandising). So no nuts and bolts this time. The storyline needs visual continuity. But does it need flashbacks? How do the characters actually meet each other? And of course, finally naming things.

If you’re new to SPECTRA, better start at the beginning.

Take a look at the characters sheets and artworks.

Here’s our story progress so far.

If YOU want to become a part of the SPECTRA universe, send an email to spectrauniversegroup (at) gmail.com.

SPECTRA: Episode 9. Diversity Is Interesting

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Lara Ash Pure Saud and Miguel come together again and with their powers combined they form SPECTRA! First up is logistics or nuts and bolts as they like to call it. Second is the mechanics of the worlds. After that it’s all about the characters and finally the quarttet tries to connect the dots of the first story arc. Of course, they can’t restrain themselves and already come up with ideas for future story lines. Also we like each others voices.

If you’re new to SPECTRA, better start at the beginning.

Take a look at the characters sheets and artworks.

Here’s our story progress so far.

If YOU want to become a part of the SPECTRA universe, send an email to spectrauniversegroup (at) gmail.com.

SPECTRA: Episode 8. The Whole Gang

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Four people! In one room! Lara Ash Pure Saud and Miguel join forces to put more details to the first installation of SPECTRA. How do the people get from A to B. Which spaces, rooms, locations are needed? How do the characters interact? Things need to be named, like a spaceship. On a long term level, should there be a cosmic wide threat and if so, what could that be? How could it manifest?

If you’re new to SPECTRA, better start at the beginning.

Take a look at the characters sheets and artworks.

Here’s our story progress so far.

If YOU want to become a part of the SPECTRA universe, send an email to spectrauniversegroup (at) gmail.com.

SPECTRA: Episode 7. Introducing Lara

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In this episode we welcome our second new creator Lara. She reports her experience with SPECTRA so far and why she decided to join in.  Miguel is on sick leave. Saud still calls Ash Pure James for some reason. After the recap of the story thus far, Lara introduces her character Morgan and the planet Blaberia.

If you’re new to SPECTRA, better start at the beginning.

Take a look at the characters sheets and artworks.

Here’s our story progress so far.

If YOU want to become a part of the SPECTRA universe, send an email to spectrauniversegroup (at) gmail.com.

SPECTRA: Episode 6. Storytime

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The SPECTRA trio Saud, Ash Pure and Miguel dive deeper into the story and talk about the “pink suicide sequence”. They discuss the script, a teaser/trailer thingy and themes/moods of this part of the story. What are stakes for the characters and readers?

If you’re new to SPECTRA, better start at the beginning.

Take a look at the characters sheets and artworks.

Here’s our story progress so far.

If YOU want to become a part of the SPECTRA universe, send an email to spectrauniversegroup (at) gmail.com.

SPECTRA: Episode 5. Nuts N Bolts

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The nuts and bolts issue. SPECTRA regulars Saud, Ash Pure and Miguel get to the nitty-gritty of what actually needs to be done to get the open-source sci-fi adventure series produced. Creating universes, worlds, characters and stories is thrilling, exciting and fun but what needs to be done to get it all out there? SPECTRA is a multimedia project, a hypertextual thing. There’s is the podcast, but which formats should be used to present it all? Prose, radio play, comics, animation, games? How to we get people in and create with and without us? There’s a lot to do and someone’s gotta do it.

If you’re new to SPECTRA, better start at the beginning.

Take a look at the characters sheets and artworks.

Here’s our story progress so far.

If YOU want to become a part of the SPECTRA universe, send an email to spectrauniversegroup (at) gmail.com.

SPECTRA: Episode 4. Did Someone Say Techno Viking?

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This time Miguel creates two new characters for SPECTRA: A Daoist higher intelligence in a robotic shell and a force field wielding shieldmaiden. Did someone say “Techno Viking”!? Bringing in more diversity, representation but at the same time contrasting expectations and stereotypes is a tricky thing.

Together with Ash Pure and Saud the conversation also is about inspirations like Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”. But, the dangers of the writer’s room and getting lost in chatting about influences too much are there, too. Saud brings in the aspect of getting in secondary characters.

If you’re new to SPECTRA, better start at the beginning.

Take a look at the characters sheets and artworks.

Here’s our story progress so far.

If YOU want to become a part of the SPECTRA universe, send an email to spectrauniversegroup (at) gmail.com.

SPECTRA: Episode 3. Introducing Miguel

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This week we welcome our first guest creator Miguel to bring a little class to the proceedings. Jodorowsky’s Dune, nano fabrication, the Philosopher’s stone and Nietzsche’s eternal return. Just another day on the space ship at SPECTRA HQ.

First we talk about the nuts and bolts, afterwards the world and the characters will be developed further. What kind of planet is the host for Hypder-Dubai an Ghettostan? How does the system of explotation work and how did it came to be?

If you’re new to SPECTRA, better start at the beginning.

Take a look at the characters sheets and artworks.

Here’s our story progress so far.

If YOU want to become a part of the SPECTRA universe, send an email to spectrauniversegroup (at) gmail.com.

SPECTRA: Episode 2. This time in a Spaceship

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This time in a space ship! Hear Ash Pure and Saud get deeper into the characters and worlds of the open source story SPECTRA. There’s Hyper-Dubai a prosperous elitist utopia. Or is it really a dystopia? After all, it can’t exist without Ghettostan.

We also get to know about more about motivations and ideas of the main characters. How much personal reasons for the characters are actually good for them in terms of being relatable and operating as a symbol at the same time?

If you’re new to SPECTRA, better start at the beginning.

Take a look at the characters sheets and artworks.

Here’s our story progress so far.

If YOU want to become a part of the SPECTRA universe, send an email to spectrauniversegroup (at) gmail.com.

SPECTRA: Episode 1. It begins

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An artist and an academic sitting in a tree house in Berlin try to make a story to save the world. Comics creator Ash Pure and acute thinker thoughtism record the first episode of their open source story – SPECTRA

What is Spectra?

This question can be answered in many ways depending on context. Mostly, Spectra is a highly collaborative, open source story project. It is also a sci-fi adventure spanning multiple worlds that are populated by a myriad of complex characters. Characters who are continually placed in difficult situations in an attempt to explore current social concerns. The project is steered by a group who meet once week to discuss the concept, the fictional worlds and characters of Spectra, and what needs to be done so as to share its story with the world. These weekly conversations are recorded and shared. Actually, everything is shared: from written notes and typed scripts to audio plays, sketches, doodles, and finalized images and animations. For instance, you should be able to find the handwritten notes to this … somewhere (well, at least in theory).

The organizing principle of Spectra is episodic. This means that these recorded conversations discuss the creative and logistical issues of making a single episode of Spectra. Each episode is led by a guest “creator” — a central storytelling figure that we have invited to contribute. The basic rule is that every creator needs to be represented by a character or characters in the story. The creator is free to create or destroy, to advance or demolish concepts, characters and worlds within Spectra as they see fit. The goal is to have creators represent their own world view, their philosophical, religious, or intellectual orientations through the story. We hope this creates a creative dialogue between people with very different orientations and world views.

Since we are sharing all, everywhere, all the time, we are keeping an eye out for individuals or groups who are inspired to create their own content and engage with the worlds of Spectra. Be it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Reddit, or whatever, Spectra will go where you are. If we see something that inspires us, we will do our best to integrate it into the story world. Consider this an invitation for you to participate and to create with us.

We like to think of the entire project as a playground for ideas, for creative storytelling, and for thoughtful and meaningful discovery with others.

Welcome on board and welcome to Spectra.

Take a look at the characters sheets and artworks.

Here’s our story progress so far.

If YOU want to become a part of the SPECTRA universe, send an email to spectrauniversegroup (at) gmail.com.

 

Into SPECTRA universe at Comic Invasion Berlin 2019

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SPECTRA universe is a communally created story conceived with the specific intention of changing minds with comics.

To this end we translate real world belief systems and issues into our story world using a set methodology -The translation matrix.

Using this method we generate characters, worlds and story arcs in an attempt to talk about difficult subject matter in a safe science-fictionalised space with the intention of reaching people and engaging them as either active or passive participants in the story and in so doing maybe, just maybe saving the world.

Join us at ComicInvasionBerlin 2019 to discover how this unique creative process works and find out how you can become a part of the story.

SPECTRA EVENTS

Spectra at The International Comic Salon
Erlangen, Germany
31.5.18 - 3.6.18
Spectra Storytelling Workshop - CIB Satellite 2018
Berlin, Germany
16.6.18

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