The story of a small Norwegian bird called Arni has been adding some enchantment to the Christmas rush this year, as digital screens across the UK have been transformed into a giant comic strip, bringing the latest action-packed instalment to the public each day.
‘Arni’s Epic Adventures’ is being broadcast across mall, rail and roadside screens from 2-30 November. Arni has also been tweeting updates via @ArniBird.
This is the first graphic arts story commissioned for digital screens, and features the adventures of Arni, a baby Norwegian Pine Gros who is swept away when his tree is felled. The tale has been unfolding one day at a time across thousands of digital screens, showing the little bird’s perilous journey clinging on to his tree, via landmarks such as the Angel of the North until he arrives in London in time for Christmas.
The project – the first of its kind – was commissioned by the Editorial division of Outdoor advertising company JCDecaux, working with the award-winning comic book author and illustrator Garen Ewing.
Garen Ewing, whose work, ‘The Rainbow Orchid’ won the British Comic Awards in 2013, created ‘Arni’s Epic Adventures’ specifically for the screen network. Each day’s creative has been designed to be viewed by audiences for 5, 6 or 20 seconds at a time
Garen Ewing said: “It’s not every day that you get a brief to create a new character, that’s got to be engaging in 5 or 6 second bursts, but doesn’t lose people if they miss one or two installments. I’m very proud to have created the first comic strip designed for digital screens and as an artist this is a powerful platform for my work. I think Arni is a universal story of endurance and triumph over the odds, which will particularly resonate with the travelling and shopping public during the festive period.”
Russell Gower, Creative Director of JCDecaux’s Content Division explained: “This is a world first – creating a comic strip narrative that develops day-by-day across our digital network. This is the first comic strip designed to entertain busy people on the move and we are delighted to have secured the talents of artist Garen Ewing. Because our screens reach 50% of the UK population, we knew we had the opportunity to try something completely new that we hope will capture the imagination of the public.”
The first installment of the story was broadcast on screens on Monday November 2 with a new creative each day throughout November. Fans of Arni can catch up on any missed episodes by checking out Beframeus on Facebook or @Beframeus or by following @Arni.