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A participatory graphic novel


Project Castafiore is an experiment where you co-create a graphic novel with hundreds of Internet users.

The artwork will be created by professional comic artist Silvio Speca, who will be driven by the community of participants. A story outline will be proposed, discussed and developed. Discussions will take place on the free and open access website

The proposed story takes place around 1900, in Europe, America and the Middle East. It combines adventure, action and scientific progress (including a bit of scientific anachronism).

Please give us your feedback, as we can still modify a lot of things at this early stage. Does it sound interesting to you? What should we do to make this a success?


This looks like a cool project, Sylvain. Thanks for posting!

The collective creation work starts today! Join us at

Paris, May 1900. One fine afternoon, a colorful crowd throngs the Trocadéro square, in the middle of the incessant broom of the cabs and omnibuses that serve the 1900 Paris Exposition.

Indignant complaints arise suddenly from the omnibus coming from Clichy. In issue: Jessie, a 22-year-old woman encumbered by a huge suitcase, who roughly jostles passengers to get out of the vehicle.

The scene has drawn the attention of three elegant young women, who’ve stopped to enjoy the show. They joke openly about Jessie and her enormous baggage (maybe they rushed, hilarious, to help her get off the platform?). Despite her modest allure, Jessie responds from ticking to tick, initiating a dialogue where spirit, irony and saucy allusions mingle.

What do our heroine and these three Parisians of the Belle Epoque say to each other? This is the first challenge of project Castafiore, a collective comic book experiment. Join us at

Evolution in progress. I suppose that's what evolution is, after all.


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