Golden Apple Comics

We were commissioned by the iconic Golden Apple Comic Bookstore on La Brea in Los Angeles to re-create their store. Our team created a fully immersive replica where customers can actually hold comics in their hands. Ryan, the owner, would be on-hand to welcome customers, show them comics, and even invite attendees to order comics to be shipped to them!

But what made this project truly remarkable was the creation of a wholly original conference space. Accessed through a futuristic looking portal in the store, participants are transported into a courtyard with multiple levels rising on all sides. The design was inspired by leading comic book conventions around the world.

The store and conference space serve as a place for pop culture fans around the globe to connect with one of a kind experiences hosted live and in virtual reality. To date, this has included panel discussions with comic book artists, writers and creators, which included Q&A sessions where fans in VR could get their questions answered in real time.

 

What We Were Commissioned To Do

  • Creative Direction
  • Technical Direction
  • World Building
  • 3-D Modeling
  • Graphic Design
  • Event Production - we have hosted several virtual events and are designing a first of its kind VR centered pop culture conference called FanConXR.
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The Objective

To create the world's first global comic book store and event space. Here, fans gather to share their fan lore, meet their favorite artists and creators, and even purchase comics and memorabilia.

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Why We Are Proud

  • Our first event was in partnership with Heavy Metal Comics during WonderCon 2021. We broadcast an exclusive panel discussion into VR. Fans from around the world gathered inside the virtual conference space as their avatars and were able to watch on a screen the panel happening live at WonderCon 2021. Avatars could submit questions, and to their utter surprise, the questions were answered by the panelists in real time.  Then the panelists joined us in VR as avatars to answer questions and meet fans. The panel included: George Romero, Blake Northcott, and Brenden Columbus. It was moderated by Matt Medney, CEO of Heavy Metal Comics. 
  • Halloween 2021 - John Carpenter fan meetup and memorabilia signing. Combined with a live, in-person event at the store, fans gathered in VR and were able to watch John Carpenter as he met hundreds of fans, signed memorabilia, and answered fan questions. This virtual component was said by the VR participants to be one of the most intimate experiences they ever had at a fan event.

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The Objective

To create the world's first global comic book store and event space. Here, fans gather to share their fan lore, meet their favorite artists and creators, and even purchase comics and memorabilia.

Why We Are Proud

  • Our first event was in partnership with Heavy Metal Comics during WonderCon 2021. We broadcast an exclusive panel discussion into VR. Fans from around the world gathered inside the virtual conference space as their avatars and were able to watch on a screen the panel happening live at WonderCon 2021. Avatars could submit questions, and to their utter surprise, the questions were answered by the panelists in real time.  Then the panelists joined us in VR as avatars to answer questions and meet fans. The panel included: George Romero, Blake Northcott, and Brenden Columbus. It was moderated by Matt Medney, CEO of Heavy Metal Comics. 
  • Halloween 2021 - John Carpenter fan meetup and memorabilia signing. Combined with a live, in-person event at the store, fans gathered in VR and were able to watch John Carpenter as he met hundreds of fans, signed memorabilia, and answered fan questions. This virtual component was said by the VR participants to be one of the most intimate experiences they ever had at a fan event.

Our Partner

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How You Can Access Golden Apple Comics

Golden Apple Comics was accessible via Microsoft’s AltspaceVR social VR platform. In March 2023, Microsoft sunsetted this platform. Access to this world and experience has ended. To inquire about this specific project, contact us at info@dougj8.sg-host.com.

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Credits

Doug Jacobson - Creative Director

Cause + Christi - World Designer & custom MRE creator

How You Can Access Golden Apple Comics

Golden Apple Comics was accessible via Microsoft’s AltspaceVR social VR platform. In March 2023, Microsoft sunsetted this platform. Access to this world and experience has ended. To inquire about this specific project, contact us at info@dougj8.sg-host.com.

Credits

Doug Jacobson - Creative Director

Cause + Christi - World Designer & custom MRE creator

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- Daniel Terdiman, Fast Company

"The brightest star in the multi-verse"
- Chris Taylor, Mashable

 

"It's a perfect reconstruction"
- Peter Reubens, Wired

"It's one of the best VR experiences we've seen all year"
- Charlie fink, Forbes

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