The Order of Otranto

Order of Otranto

If you are a fan of gothic literature then our next interviewee may be right up your street.

Taking inspiration from the first gothic novel ever written, The Order of Otranto are bringing gothic themed artwork to the Cardano blockchain.

We chatted to the team to find out more about their initial offering, the Abbey mint, the team behind the project and the plans ahead.

Tell us a little about Order of Otranto, what type of artwork is it, what size drop?

The Order of Otranto is a hand-drawn, gothic CNFT project. It’s inspired by the first gothic novel ever written (The Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole in 1764). We always found that novel to be super creepy and eerie, dealing with concepts of the uncanny and the sense of feeling trapped in a world that is somehow unfamiliar to one’s self.

As for the artwork, keeping with the gothic theme, all is inspired by wood print/engaving art. Artists like Lynd Ward and Art Spiegelman are initial inspirations, but our art has taken on a look and feel of its own. We’re trying to keep it grounded in reality, to provide a sense of the uncanny and strange.

Where did the idea for the project come from?

We wanted to do something different, something to set our project apart from some of the lookalikes in the space. We know it’s a risk, but originality is always worth it.

Along with this desire, we’ve been long-time fans of gothic literature, from Walpole, to the Brontes, to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and even the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

We haven’t seen the gothic genre explored in the NFT zone — and with our plans to create a graphic novel — we decided to take it on.

What about the team behind the project? Tell us a bit about the team, what are your background(s) and what has lead you to start this project.

We are a collective of storytellers, technologists and visual artists. Some of us have actually been friends since early childhood, so it’a a tight group.

Before launching Order of Otranto, we worked in a range of related areas: Film/TV writing and producing, graphic design, digital marketing and on some of the largest apps in the tech space. We love the opportunities that the NFT world is creating as a way to merge tech, art and narrative. Inspired by these possibilities, we decided to combine our skillsets to build out this world. CNFTs are the beginning of what we intend to build. In time, we plan to create an immersive narrative world and community.

It’s mentioned on your website that you will be publishing a graphic novel, is this an NFT or a physical graphic novel? Is this a graphic novel based on the original gothic novel or is it a new take?

We are still discussing the various ways in which we’ll distribute the graphic novel, but, yes, we’ve talked about doing so as an NFT — possibly with added perks to holders and the potential for revenue share, through smart contracts.

Before we decide on that, though, we’re going to be taking in fan input on the narrative design. We have our plans for the story, but certain parts of it will be shaped by our community. We’re excited to see how that develops.

The graphic novel will be separate from Walpole’s Castle of Otranto. It’s just loosely inspired by the world he created.

How important do you feel it is, as a new project, to build a community around your project before rushing into a mint?

Our primary goal right now is to build a community of those who love our art and the gothic genre in general.

We have decided to take the slow and steady approach. This is why we’re starting out with a very limited mint of only 490 pieces — the Abbey Mint (March 6th). Holders of an Abbey Mint will be the foundation of our community — our OGs. As a reward to these early community builders, we’ll be giving all Abbey holders early access to our next larger PFP mint. Those details are still to come. For now, we just want to build a rock-solid community of fans of the eerie and odd.

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What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far with this project?

Each step along the way has its challenges, but we’re having a great time rolling with the punches.

Initially, we took a good amount of time to land on the art style that best suited our tastes. We spent some quality time refining elements and now we’re just thrilled with how it all looks. We’re sure more obstacles will come our way, but we’re leaning on our group’s various past experiences to try and foresee as many issues as possible.

Why did you choose to launch on Cardano?

We’re just big fans of Cardano and have been for years. We believe in Charles Hoskinson’s vision and we know he has what it takes to pull it off. Also, as CNFT collectors ourselves, we LOVE the CNFT community. It’s an open, positive space that celebrates great art. We love it here.

Do you guys collect NFT’s too? What’s your favourite?

Indeed, we do collect NFTs, or more accurately… CNFTs. We’re grateful to all the OGs in the space, particularly BerryCNFT, SpaceBudz, ClayNation, Yummi Universe and so many more. We also love the artwork of ZombieChains, VuduBrigada and Old Money. It’s an incredible space and we feel fortunate to be a part of it!


Thanks for reading, if you would like to know more about the project you can visit their website or follow them on Twitter.

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