Alice In Chains’ video for their current single “Your Decision” has plenty of genre elements to it and has generated some controversy what with its debauchery-filled similarities to Eyes Wide Shut and Hostel: Part II. Things are left open-ended, however, and now comes a “Your Decision” comic that picks up where the video leaves off with fans helping to determine how the story ends.
AIC has teamed up with PopCult and Devil’s Due Publishing for a contest that gives you the chance to add your own chapter to the storyline depicted in the video. The master storyboard and opening chapter found below set the tone. But first, here’s the video of “Your Decision” off AIC’s Black Gives Way to Blue album in case you haven’t seen it yet.
Alice in Chains – Your Decision Video
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Fans are challenged to post suggestions for what they think should happen in the next chapter (in 150 words or less). Once approved, all new chapter posts will be viewable to the public. They can be read, commented on, and “liked” by other users. At each chapter stage the submission with the most “likes” will be the winner. If you decide to participate, be sure to post your submissions via Facebook and Twitter to pull extra votes.
Each winning submission will be elevated to the master storyboard and guide the path the story takes next. Winning entrants will see their chapters illustrated by PopCult/Devil’s Due and immortalized into the “Your Decision” comic book. And the Grand Prize for best entry includes a flyaway trip for two to New York to see Alice in Chains play a sold-out show at Terminal 5 on March 9th, two nights’ accommodations, and the chance to meet the band. The four runners-up will get a limited edition illustrated “Your Decision” comic lithograph signed by Alice In Chains.
My wrists were bound to a chair when I came to and a blindfold was tied to my face. In the distance was the awful sound of distant, braying laughter and scraping plates. My wrist burned and panic was rising up my spine. I struggled, twisting against the restraints to get an arm free. Slowly the straps were loosening.
When my arm was free, I pulled off the fastenings and blindfold. There was a number branded onto my wrist: 9687. The same number was printed on what looked like a menu lying on a side-table. I shuddered. Through a crack in the door, I could see men laughing with that girl – the girl who had led me here. What they were eating chilled me to the bone.
I ran, racing down the corridors that had recently been full of partygoers. How long ago was that? Hours? Days? I could see the bald doorman from earlier. He was still prowling around, guarding the place. All the doors were locked but at last there was an open window leading onto the house’s long drive. Finally a chance to escape! But, just then, there was a scream – terrible and pleading. Someone else was trapped here too. Should I run? Should I help? An agonizing decision…
There will be five new chapters in total so that makes five opportunities to win. Submission dates follow, but be sure to click here for the full details.
* SUBMISSIONS FOR CHAPTER 2 – LAUNCHED FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12
* SUBMISSIONS FOR CHAPTER 3 – LAUNCHES MONDAY FEBRUARY 15
* SUBMISSIONS FOR CHAPTER 4 – LAUNCHES WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 17
* SUBMISSIONS FOR CHAPTER 5 – LAUNCHES FRIDAY FEBRUARY 19
* GRAND PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED/COMIC COMPLETES – WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24 to 26
The finalized “Your Decision” comic (comprised of all six successive parts) will be offered as a free PDF download to everyone. Sign up here at any point throughout the contest to receive a copy at the story’s completion, February 26, 2010.
In the meantime you can catch Alice In Chains on their current North American tour in the following cities:
2/17 – Phoenix – Dodge Theatre – AVAILABLE NOW
2/19 – Denver – Fillmore – AVAILABLE NOW
2/21 – Kansas City – Midland Theatre – SOLD OUT
2/22 – St. Louis – Pageant – SOLD OUT
2/23 – Louisville – Louisville Palace – SOLD OUT
2/25 – Atlanta – Tabernacle – SOLD OUT
2/26 – Atlanta – Tabernacle – SOLD OUT
2/27 – Myrtle Beach – House Of Blues – SOLD OUT
3/1 – Nashville – Municipal Auditorium – AVAILABLE NOW
3/2 – Charlotte – Fillmore – SOLD OUT
3/3 – Washington DC – DAR Constitution Hall – AVAILABLE NOW
3/5 – Richmond – The National – SOLD OUT
3/6 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods – SOLD OUT
3/8 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 – SOLD OUT
3/9 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 – SOLD OUT
3/12 – Atlantic City – Borgata – SOLD OUT
3/13 – Philadelphia – Tower Theatre – SOLD OUT
3/14 – Boston – Orpheum Theatre – SOLD OUT
3/16 – Montreal – Metropolis – SOLD OUT
3/17 – Toronto – Sound Academy – SOLD OUT
3/19 – Detroit – Fillmore – SOLD OUT
3/20 – Chicago – Aragon Ballroom – SOLD OUT
3/21 – Minneapolis – Roy Wilkens Auditorium – AVAILABLE NOW
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