From the mind of Teddy Leo comes a new series about coping with mental illness and breaking societal stigma. Mind Control is a story about a kid named Michael who has severe issues with anxiety, which manifest as a shapeshifting demon, constantly whispering threats and lies in the boy’s ear. No one can see or hear the beast except Michael, and as if crippling anxiety weren’t bad enough, he also has to navigate the social minefield of middle school, puberty, and a whole slew of other adolescent issues.
When asked to describe the series, Teddy Leo says:
(Mind Control is) a new approach in breaking the stigma surrounding mental health. At its core, (Mind Control) is a personal story, a story that many people struggle with, but few actually talk about. Today, it seems like we are finally coming to terms with the fact that mental illness is a part of many peoples’ stories.
Mind Control is presented as an Augmented Reality experience. When viewed through the Mind Control smartphone app, images jump off the page in three-dimensional computer-generated scenes that reflect what’s going on at different points in the story.
When asked what makes Mind Control the right story for the A.R. experience, Teddy replied:
Mind Control is the right story for A.R. because it’s not just a gimmick—it’s a tool to help discuss mental health. Because of that, we knew the importance of what we were creating and we put our heart and soul into making sure it was held to the highest standards. I wanted to make sure everyone could get what they needed from the story. So the single mother trying to talk to her young child who is struggling, the therapist needing to break the ice with a new patient, or a teacher discussing mental illness in the classroom can use the A.R. companion app as a tool to help discuss mental illness.
If you’re interested in backing Mind Control on Kickstarter, the campaign runs through Monday, 29 October 2018, and is located here. Backer rewards include physical copies of Mind Control #1, posters, stickers, and exclusive variant covers.