a serialized digital story written and illustrated by Tim Demeter
Welcome to Rustpunks! Launching in 2018, Rustpunks is an illustrated young adult story built for mobile devices. It combines elements of design, comic books, prose and interactivity in a brand new way. In time, all of the episodes will available below, with a new episode added each week. Rustpunks is still in production but Episodes 1 and 2 are available now as a preview. Please enjoy this early look and leave please some feedback on Facebook or Twitter.
They call it the Rust Belt now. Once, it was the industrial heart of America but those days are gone.
Wandering through these wide open spaces and past the decaying factories is the Faire and Square carnival. This group of lost souls travels from town to town, delighting children and grifting their well-meaning parents with gaffed games that promise plushy prizes. Among them is “Balboa” Dalton. Bo for short, is a drop out and a runaway with a chip on his shoulder and a bad attitude to match. He’s left everything behind in search of adventure and his missing father. He’s not the most popular carnie on the Faire and Square show but everyone must admit that no one is better when it comes to reliving a small town mark of the contents of their wallet.
In one of these small towns is January Monroe. She wakes up every morning and sees the same kids in school she’s seen every day since first grade. She walks past the same vacant buildings. She’s dating her best friend and wonders if it’s because she loves him or just because he’s there. Every day is the same.
Until the carnival comes to town.
- Is Rustpunks appropriate for younger readers?
YES! Rustpunks is written as young adult fiction and is appropriate for anyone who enjoys Harry Potter or Hunger Games or the like.
- When does episode 3 of Rustpunks come out?
Sometime in 2017 but still TBD. This is a preview launch of the site. 5 episodes are complete but I want a larger buffer before I launch. Feel free to hassle me to get to work on Facebook or Twitter.
- How often does Rustpunks come out?
Once it launches, there will be a new episode of Rustpunks weekly. There will be breaks though. The release schedule will be kind of like a TV show that way. If you prefer to binge read the episodes, wait for those breaks. You will be able to sign up for a reminder when binge reading chunks are ready.
- How can I read Rustpunks?
The episodes are built in HTML 5 and will open in any up to date web browser. They are designed for easy reading and sharing. They’ll open on just about anything but I recommend a smart phone or tablet held in portrait mode. They’ll read fine on a computer screen or even a TV but I’ve designed them with mobile in mind.
- How long is a Rustpunks episode?
Each episode of Rustpunks is a little story all its own with a beginning, middle and end so the length of an episode will vary a lot. Some weeks will be short, some will be long.
- How many of episodes of Rustpunks will there be?
Too early to say. The whole story is written but it hasn’t been divided into episodes yet. The short answer is a lot.
- Will there ever be a printed version?
I’m not going to say NEVER but it’ not in the current plans and given the variable size of each episode it would be challenging. If you’d like to own some of the artwork episode prints will become available eventually.
- Can I buy my own plush bear as seen in Rustpunks?
Yes! They are Plushzilla bears, made by hand from an artist in my hometown. Click here to see what is currently available.
- Will you be re-publishing more old Reckless Life stories?
Yes. All of the Reckless Life stories will be made available and archived in time.
- How can I contribute?
Paetron and Kickstarter campaigns will be made available if readership warrants it. For right now, the best thing you can do to keep me motivated is read, share and leave a note on Facebook or Twitter.