Welcome to August Primate. I know you probably have a few questions about just what’s going on here, and hopefully I can help.
I’ll start by sharing a little info about myself, and the idea behind August Primate.
My name is Matthew Przasnyski, but I don’t expect you to learn to pronounce it. I don’t even ask that you remember it. My name is only of importance as a means of introducing myself to you, so let’s get better acquainted.
No, I’m not going to bore you with personal and irrelevant details or give you my less than dramatic rags-to-different-rags story. My life, like my name, is only significant to a select few.
What I will tell you is how much I love comic books.
Comic books have been the central focus of my life since I was a young child, and far from stunting me into a reclusive and mole-like denizen of my parent’s basement, they’ve been the impetus of my interest in literature, art, science, and almost everything else I’ve ever cared about (with my wife as one notable exception).
One of my favorite things about comic books, and specifically the American Superhero, is that these characters seem to have a life of their own. Beyond their original creators, and their creator’s intentions, the characters live on. New writers and artists take the reins, and the character grows and develops (hopefully). The character evolves its own personality, defined as much by the audience as by the authors.
An extension of this is the world these characters live in. In your mainstream comic books, these ‘living’ characters are assembled and interact with each other in an equally ‘living’ universe. In these universes, the same rules apply to all the inhabitants, and what happens in one character’s life can affect another character directly or indirectly. A history is established (though often reestablished) and the world becomes as real an entity as the characters themselves, or more accurately, as real as their personalities.
To me, this is one of the coolest things to arise from the human imagination.
I know… I’m a total dork.
In any case, this is the center of August Primate. Not comic books, necessarily, but a living story world. Perhaps something resembling a modern day collection of fairy tales and legends. I want to build a fictional world, full of fictional characters, then watch it grow and change. I want it to live and be as real to others as these comic book worlds have become to me. And I want to build it with YOU.
No contracts. No licensing. No copyrights or trademarks.
I want August Primate to belong to the world. Not to me, or a company, but to everyone.
Sound a little bit socialist? Maybe, but I swear that I have no political agenda with this project. I may take over the world one day, but I won’t be using August Primate to do it.
I just want to erase the line between Author and Audience, and the abstract ‘Intellectual Property’ stands in the way of that.
Big talk, right?
I’m very serious about it. Everything here is Public Domain. Everything here is free.
Do you have an idea for a story involving one of the August Primate characters? Write it. Would you like to bring an original character into this world? Write it up. Want to adapt a story in the August Primate universe for the screen? Go ahead.
No money involved, just story for the love of story.
So start thinking. Start writing. You’re a part of this world, and you can help shape it. Hopefully, we can build something together that will last.
Thank you for visiting August Primate, I hope you find a home here.