The Manga Man Premiere – Winksite teams up with Sci-Fi Author Alexander Besher In Meta-Multimedia First

QR Code T-shirt platform to feature physical hyperlink to Besher’s new novel published direct to mobile “Manga Man,” original music soundtrack, book trailer, short film, .mp4 anthology of Japanese avant-garde Butoh dance performances, plus audio book and graphic novel excerpts.

New York, NY, October 18, 2008 — Winksite, a leading mobile content management and social networking software company whose solutions connect publishers to their audiences and audience members to each other, announced plans to team up with novelist Alexander Besher, Philip K. Dick Award nominated author, to launch direct to mobile “The Manga Man,” the San Francisco-based journalist, author, and futurist’s first novel since his celebrated “Rim Trilogy” (“Rim,” “Mir,” and “Chi;” HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster). Debut date is October 31st at http://www.mangaman.mobi.

Besher’s tome is a 600-page alternative fantasy noir epic that’s set in the mid-21st century when the speed of media has overtaken the speed of light. The story features a half-digital, half-human “post-Zen” Butoh dancer-assassin whose mission is “to stop the warlords who plan to clone the universe.”

Dave Harper, Founder & CEO of Winksite, says “Working with Besher and his creative team is a natural fit for us. In the past, we’ve collaborated with a wide group of writers and progressive thinkers including Stanford law professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig who inspired us to launch the Creative Commons Library, sci-fi author Cory Doctorow, horror meister David Wellington, and Internet ‘Smart Mobs’ guru Howard Rheingold. Besher’s futuristic vision strikes us as being not only timely but timeless.”

Besher’s multimedia ‘Manga Man’ is the first work of literature in history to appear on a QR/2D-coded T-shirt designed by the prize-winning Italian graphic novel artist Daniele Serra.

For his part, Besher is equally thrilled to be working with Winksite. “I’m convinced that the media platform of the future lies in mobile phone technology. It’s a market that’s growing by leaps and bounds. Just witness the advances represented by Apple’s iPhone and companies like Nokia which is bringing out its multimedia monster, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone. Not to mention the first handheld projectors that are due out this year, and the advent of A4-size screens. I can only say that we’ve truly entered the post-Gutenberg, post-McLuhan age. Our credo is ‘You are the Media.’”

“Dave Harper is that rare breed of visionary and entrepreneur,” Besher declares. “We chose to go with Winksite over other proprietary QR-code gatekeepers and mobile platform sites because Dave is open source and his hands-on passion for pushing the envelope on mobile content knocked me out. He’s been an invaluable partner in helping us bring our vision to life.”

“I also deeply relate to Winksite’s motto: ‘One World. No Borders. 3 Billion Connected People,’” Besher says. “That’s what all my novels have been about—erasing the interface between the human body and the outside world. I hope that everyone will wear my book. We can all meet on the dust jacket on the other side of the Milky Way.”

Advance praise for “The Manga Man”:

“A hidden SF master.”

Rudy Rucker, Philip K. Dick Award winning author of Postsingular, Spaceland, and The Ware Tetralogy (great-grandson of Hegel)

“Pure Superfuture cooked down in sf’s last mad scientist’s lab. Enough ideas for thirty other books blistered down into a sharp little drug that’ll reengineer the front of your head. You want a hit of this. Trust me.”

Warren Ellis, author of the Transmetropolitan and Global Frequency series of graphic novels

“Fascinating! Great!”

China Miéville, author of Iron Council and Perdido Street Station, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasy Award

“This book would make Philip K. Dick delirious with joy. Nobody else in science fiction has ever pushed the envelope this hard—or with better success.”

Spider Robinson, best selling novelist and Robert A. Heinlein Estate-appointed completer of sequels to Heinlein’s novels.

THE MANGA MAN PREMIERE (INVITE TO AN EVENT)

Butoh Without Borders Multimedia party and launch for Alexander Besher’s QR Code sentient T-shirt novel THE MANGA MAN this Halloween. All proceeds to benefit Doctors Without Borders.

Date: October 31, 2008
Time: 6 – 9pm
Location: UPDATED: Arte Movimiento SUB Mission, 2183 Mission at 18th Street, San Francisco

About Alexander Besher
Born in China, raised and educated in Japan, Alexander Besher is a San Francisco-based author, journalist and novelist. He is the author of “The Pacific Rim Almanac” (HarperCollins, ’91), and the “Rim” trilogy of futuristic thrillers including the Philip K. Dick Award-nominated “Rim” (HarperCollins ’94; HarperPrism, ’95); “Mir,” and “Chi” (Simon & Schuster, ’98 and ’99). He served as editor of the Chicago Review literary quarterly at the University of Chicago , was contributing editor to InfoWorld magazine, and wrote “Pacific Rim” (Chronicle Features), an internationally syndicated weekly column covering business, technological and social trends in the Asia-Pacific region. His forthcoming novel “The Manga Man” is the first title in his new “Dance of Darkness” trilogy of alternative noir fantasy novels. His novels have been translated into over a dozen languages and film-optioned. Recently, he has been writing screenplays and television scripts.

About Winksite
Winksite is a leading mobile content management and social networking software company whose solutions connect publishers to their audiences and audience members to each other. For more information visit winksite.com

Winksite Presenting at NY Web 2.0 Meetup on Sept 24th

I’ll be speaking about Winksite at the NY Web 2.0 Meetup on September 24th. Hope to see you there. – David Harper

 

The September Web 2.0 Meetup may be three weeks away (Monday September 24th), but we’re ready to announce a few details about the event.

First, as fall approaches, we’ve decided to add a few new features. We’ve decided upon a mobile theme for the the September Web 2.0 Meetup. We’re going to choose a different theme every month so that we can showcase many of the new and innovative companies in New York who fall into a specific category.

Next, our presenter, John C. Havens, will be streaming the event live via his company, BlogTalkRadio.com. John will not only be fielding questions from our live audience, but his listeners online as well. (We’ll hopefully have our own video equipment set up as well so that we may stream the event live online).

Our other two confirmed presenters are Socialight and Winksite.

Socialight allows its user to use their mobile phones to “…create, share, and discover virtual Sticky Notes placed at specific locations using your mobile phone or the web.” An example of Socialight’s service include posting a review about a restaurant your friends can read, or you can learn about specific landmarks in an area with additional information before you’re even there. Some of their new features include adding text and photos as well as (soon) video and audio clips. CEO Dan Melinger will be both speaking and presenting on behalf of the company.

Winksite is a company that focuses upon mobile social networking. Users are allowed to create their own personalized website/profile, which are accessible on both regular and mobile Internet browsers, and establish connections with other members of the service. Other additional features include the addition of Twitter, comments, places you like, and more. David Harper, founder of Winksite, is also the co-founder of Mobile Monday NY.

RSVP to the Web 2.0 September 2007 Meetup, or stop on by on Monday September 24th. We’re holding the event at Slate Plus, which is located at 54 West 21st Street.

 

Mobile Web Americas 2007: Mobile Communities: What Are They And How Do I Make Them Work For Me?

I’ll be in Orlando from Oct. 1-3 speaking at Mobile Web Americas. Would be thrilled to meet-up with any Winksite publishers living in the area or attending the event. Please contact me here.

Mobile Web Americas 2007
http://www.mobilewebexpo.com/
Oct 2-4, 2007 – Orlando, FL

Tuesday October 2nd
3:15 – 4:00
Mobile Communities: What Are They And How Do I Make Them Work For Me?
A discussion on mobile social networks and how they extend the reach of social interaction. How to create a special interest community related directly to your brand or service and how to monitize your community.

Raju Rishi – COO and Co-Founder, Rave Wireless
Myk Willis – CTO, mVisable
Sanji Fernando – Senior Manager, Nokia M Business Renewal
David Harper – Founder, Winksite

Moderator: Justin Oberman – CEO, MoPockets

July 30th at Mobile Monday NY: Beyond Scores. Sports Brands & Their Mobile Game Plan.

Hope to see some of you on the 30th. Details below. RSVP here.
– David Harper

Beyond Scores. Sports Brands & Their Mobile Game Plan.

The format for this event will be a panel discussion with audience questions/discussion followed by networking with refreshments and snacks (graciously provided by our host Samsung.)

Agenda:

  • Welcome/Intro
  • The Moderator:
    • Evan Neufeld, VP and senior analyst, M:Metrics
  • The Panelists:
    • Oke Okaro, ESPN
    • Bhavesh Patel, NBA
    • Lincoln Hochberg, MLB
    • Rich LaBarca, Clearspring

Additional panelists pending.

Cost: FREE, please just RSVP here.

When: Monday, July 30th, 6:45-9 PM

Where:

Samsung Experience Center
Time Warner Center – Shops at Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle, 3rd floor
New York City, New York 10022
(map)

At the intersection of Broadway, Eighth Avenue, Central Park South and
Central Park West.

Subways to Shops at Columbus Circle: A/C, 1/9, B/D
to 59th Street/Columbus Circle

Mobile SEO – June 25th at Mobile Monday NY

Several days ago Bango published statistics which confirm that the United States is at the forefront of a mobile web growth with a three fold increase in usage over the last year. The report mentions in part, “This rapid rise, taking the US to second position behind the UK, is being fueled by the increasing popularity of mobile search as a way of finding new content and services.”

Join us at Mobile Monday NY on June 25th to discuss Mobile SEO.

Mobile SEO – Optimization of SEO for the small screen. The challenges. The opportunities.

The format for this event will be a panel discussion with audience questions/discussion.

The following are some of the topics the panel and audience will explore:

  • Where is the mobile industry when it comes to SEO?
  • How different is mobile search from the desktop search versions?
  • How does America search mobile?
  • What opportunities are available to marketers and content owners? What are the challenges to the people they are trying to reach?
  • Are there any efforts from a standards perspective?
  • Tips & Tricks to optimize your mobile site for SEO.

Networking with refreshments and snacks (graciously provided by our host Samsung).

Agenda:

  • Welcome/Intro
  • The Moderator: Michael Sharon, Socialight
  • The Panelists:
    • From the Search Engine Perspective –
      Sean Owen, Google
    • From the Agency & Brand Builder’s Perspective –
      Rachel Pasqua, iCrossing
    • From the Developer’s Perspective –
      David Harper, Winksite

Additional panelists pending.

Cost: FREE.

When: Monday, June 25th, 6:45-9 PM

Where:

Samsung Experience Center

Time Warner Center – Shops at Columbus Circle

10 Columbus Circle, 3rd floor

New York City, New York 10022

(map)

At the intersection of Broadway, Eighth Avenue, Central Park South and Central Park West.

Subways to Shops at Columbus Circle: A/C, 1/9, B/D to 59th Street/Columbus Circle

People First. Charlie Schick's Mobile Lifestyle Manifesto.

A few of us here in NY (Semapedia, area/code, Socialight, and Winksite) have been kicking around the idea of a Mobile Bill of Rights and planned on discussing it at MobileCampNYC on the 19th.

I’ve been trying to sort out my own thoughts as to where to begin…

…and then I saw Charlie Schick’s Mobile Lifestyle Manifesto.

I can’t speak for anyone else but I like the base Charlie has put together here.

Well done Charlie. Well done.

Mobile Lifestyle Manifesto

  • We are 3 billion strong, respect us – you serve us, you help us.
  • We are not consumers, but active participants in our lives.
  • We want to actively connect and communicate with others, not passively receive.
  • Content is not the end point, but also the start and the middle, too – a catalyst for conversation.
  • Don’t let technology interfere, we want to do things that just work, not fiddle, even if we know what we need to fiddle with.
  • Keep us happy, or we will look for happiness elsewhere.
  • My life is hyperconnected – a lot of stuff coming in and a lot going out. I have no problem with this, so don’t mess my flow, but be a part of it.
  • Keep everything I do smooth, easy, beautiful, and simple.
  • Show me the seams: Don’t obscure things either by making them too complex or too simple.
  • Help me when I’m mobile. Help me when I’m not. Give me the right metaphors for the right moments – don’t mix them up.

See You at MobileCampNYC: Saturday, May 19th

A group of mobile activists are pulling together MobileCampNYC. I’ll be running a session titled, “One World. No Borders. Few Rules. Growing & Managing Off Portal Mobile Communities.” Hope to see some of you there.

MobileCampNYC is bringing together mobile enthusiasts, explorers and professionals from the NYC metropolitan area to share the current state and their visions for the future direction of mobility. MobileCampNYC hopes to support the many voices helping to unlock the potential of a truly digital life. Topics may include – but are not limited to – mobile gaming, entrepreneurship, social mobility and presence, near field communication, physical hyperlinking, mobile storytelling, the importance of open standards, protocols, and platforms, linux based devices, and mobility on other continents.

Please note that MobileCampNYC is going to have a limit of 100 people to take part in this camp so RSVP while you can by adding your name to the Wiki page.

When
Saturday, 19th of May

Where
Downtown Conference Center
157 William Street (NW corner of William & Ann Streets)

Schedule

    Friday 18th of May

  • Meet and Greet
    Saturday 19th of May

  • Morning sessions
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon sessions
  • Awards and Wrap up

Sessions to Date

  • Building a “Poor Man’s SMS Gateway” using Symbian and Ruby, Jose Marinez, http://jmarinez.typepad.com
  • One World. No Borders. Few Rules. Growing & Managing Off Portal Mobile Communities. David Harper, Winksite
  • Hyperlink your world – Physical Hyperlinks and their application in the real world. Alexis Rondeau, Semapedia.org
  • Racoon Mobile Webserver – Running Apache on mobile phones. Will Turnage