American comic book publisher Archie Comics, known for its iconic Riverdale characters, is leveraging the blockchain to develop fan-generated art and stories as well as Archie-inspired nonfungible token (NFT) collections. Laura Braga and Vincezo Federici, the artists behind the 80-year-old franchise, partnered with Palm NFT Studio, to create a new blockchain-based writer’s room called the “Archiverse: Eclipse.”
According to the company, the Archiverse intends to empower Archie Comics fans to author the brand’s future through generative storytelling. Its writer’s room invites fans to create and submit new storylines for their characters. The creators of selected submissions will be directly rewarded and granted story credits from future comic series integration.
Archie CEO Jon Goldwater said in a statement that since the success of the television adaptation of Archie characters in “Riverdale” and the emergence of blockchain technology, “we knew we had to find the right partner and platform to introduce Archie 3.0. We cannot wait to introduce the gang to a whole new audience in a whole new way.”
The world of Archie 3.0 will be heralded by an NFT drop of a PFP project inspired by “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” a series published by an imprint of Archie Comics called Archie Horror. Archieverse: Eclipse NFTs will comprise 6,666 generative characters and 3,000,000,000 outcomes will be released on May 16th, the night of a Blood Moon, and challenge collectors to crack an “ominous” prophecy.
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