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February 10, 2014

Brooke Burgess

Enter the Shadowlands...

Howdy friends!

With the first draft of my children’s book complete — and in the capable hands of a hungry team of beta readers — I’m keen to share a bit more with you. And what’s the best way to do that, you ask..?


This is THE social media platform for readers, writers, and anyone invested in experiencing the collision between technology and the written word.  Millions of users. Countless stories. Mind-bending genres. And it’s all being updated with new content — based on your feedback — every second, of every minute, or every goddamn day!

So take a minute to click the link above and scope the prologue and a chunk of Chapter 1. If you dig it, then please leave a ‘star’ and a comment on the site, sign up for updates, and spread the good word!

Expect more updates soon, dear friends — including release dates, illustrator news, and even audiobook talent announcements (could a voice from the past be making a collaborative return?).

Thanks…for reading :)




The Cat's Maw - Concept Art

TIMELINE:  Current – 2016

PLATFORM:  Print / Enhanced E-Books / Adventure Gaming

GENRE:  Children’s Fantasy (ages 8-12+)

PROPOSAL:  An original transmedia IP for readers / players / cat lovers

What if CS Lewis had a firm grasp on the principles of multi-platform storytelling when he was crafting The Chronicles of Narnia?  What if JRR Tolkien had forged the realm of Middle Earth in the age of tablets and videogames?  Imagine JK Rowling releasing serials in the Harry Potter series, knowing full well that readers could also indulge in active adventures and revealing explorations of Harry’s world in parallel to the main story?

Story universes like these endure due to a mix of fascinating characters, masterful world-building, and archetypal narrative arcs that strike deep emotional chords with readers around the world, and across generations.  These tales have shaped the perceptions, value systems, and mythic understandings of millions – almost solely thanks to the power of the written word.

So…what could be possible by crafting a transmedia strategy into the DNA of a traditional narrative from the outset?  Could children go deeper into the emotive, educational, and even moral realms of a story?   Can a compelling multi-platform reader/player/user story design finally break into the mainstream?


Steeped in secret mythologies of the feline world, The Shadowland Saga fuses an inspired traditional narrative with a deep episodic adventure-game and character-creation mechanic.  Designed as a multi-platform serial narrative, the primary goal is for the experience to encourage readers to play, players to read, and all users to share in their growth and discoveries!


October 18, 2011

Brooke Burgess

(Oct. 18, 2011) – Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes, based on the Gemini award-winning TV series, will have its world premiere at the prestigious imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto at its Closing Night Gala presented by Global Toronto. A co-production with the National Film Board of Canada, the movie was selected for the closing night of the Festival’s 12th edition and will screen on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m. ET at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St W).

Fans from around the world will also have the opportunity to be part of the premiere via the Closing Night Technical Partner IsumaTV and a free live streaming at Creator / producers Dennis & Melanie Jackson, actors Andrea Menard (The Velvet Devil, Moccasin Flats) and Eric Jackson will be available for the Q & A following the screening, moderated by imagineNATIVE executive director Jason Ryle who will be taking questions from the floor and via Skype for the online viewers.

It is humbling to have our Wapos Bay finale movie screened at imagineNATIVE because it is one of the premiere indigenous film festivals in the world,” said Dennis Jackson. “It is always an honour to be recognized by your peers whether other indigenous people, animators, filmmakers or friends. This screening will be a unique experience because fans can log in online and they don’t necessarily have to be here in Toronto to watch the premiere.

The night will feature a special tribute to Wapos Bay cast member, the late Gordon Tootoosis (North of 60, Legends of the Fall). Announcements of the future of Wapos Bay will also be made on the night, including the launch of several digital media properties. Led by Brooke Burgess (writer, director & producer of Broken Saints), properties include a Mariokart style video game, eBooks and episode downloads.

Tickets for the world premiere / imagineNATIVE are available in-person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox or
Phoenix Concert Theatre, by calling the TIFF Box Office at 416-599-8433, or online at The national broadcast premiere for Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes is Saturday, Dec. 3 on APTN (8 p.m. ET on APTN HD and APTN East, 8 p.m. MT on APTN West, 8 p.m. CT on APTN North).

The movie has also been selected to screen at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (Oct.
29), American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco (Nov. 5), LA Skins Festival in Los Angeles (Nov. 16-
20) and Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival in Sydney, Australia.


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