The Bestiary Chronicles is the first comic book created using AI

The comic book trilogy features art entirely generated by artificial intelligence

Artwork from The Bestiary Chronicles generated by artificial intelligence

The rise of artificial intelligence has officially made its way into the comic book world.

In November 2022, Emmy award-winning creative group Campfire Entertainment released The Bestiary Chronicles, the first-ever comic book series with art entirely generated by artificial intelligence.

What is The Bestiary Chronicles about?

The Bestiary Chronicles is a trilogy of comic books that explores a world changed forever by the rise of a new adversary, monsters that are born from man’s technological hubris. Written by Steve Coulson, The Bestiary Chronicles features art completely generated by the artificial intelligence system called Midjourney without the help of any comics artist.

“The technology used to create these stories is advancing so fast that each issue represents a visual step up from the one before,” Coulson said in a statement. “We’re seeing the rise of a completely new visualization tool that will radically change the storytelling process across both the comics industry and entertainment in general. The Bestiary Chronicles was created as a showcase for that emerging technology, and to challenge conventions. And remember – this is the worst it will ever be.”

The comic books in the trilogy are as follows:

Summer Island

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A folk-horror comic in the tradition of Midsommar and The Wicker Man, this 40-page comic book follows a photojournalist on assignment in a remote Scottish village who soon discovers that the townsfolk are harboring a dark secret.

Exodus

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A sequel story to Summer Island, this 36-page science-fiction odyssey tells humanity’s last attempt to save themselves from the monsters that roam the planet.

The Lesson

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Leaning on the tropes of Village of the Damned and THX 1138, this dark science fiction tells a dystopian tale set in a post-apocalyptic civilization. In this 48-page comic book, the last remnants of humanity from deep underground gather to learn about the monsters that have destroyed their planet.

The Museum

The Bestiary Chronicles The Museum

Following the release of the original trilogy, The Bestiary Chronicles has added a new installment to the comics series. Titled The Museum, the new comic is made for fans of spy and heist capers. Here’s the log line of the installment: 

“Just when humanity thought the Monsters had vanished, they return with a vengeance. The mystery is… why? ”

Where to buy The Bestiary Chronicles

All comic books in the trilogy are now available for free download in both PDF and CBZ format at the Campfire Comics website.

In addition to the three books, Campfire Entertainment LLC also released a graphic novel anthology titled The Bestiary Chronicles, which puts Summer IslandExodus, and The Lesson together in one book. This 114-page comic book features AI-assisted artwork and is now available in paperback ($16.99) and hardcover ($25.46) on Amazon.

In December 2022, Campfire Entertainment also published The Bestiary Chronicles book The Letter Home: Annotated Edition: Behind-the-scenes Look at the Making of an A.I. Comic. Exclusively available on Amazon, this expanded 88-page digital version includes the original story of The Letter Home and a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of The Letter Home, featuring full-page breakdowns, techniques for consistent characters, and AI art prompts you can try yourself.

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