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A media category defined by their reliance on ink, paper, and printing presses.
Print Literature—Sean MacmillanRepresents books, both fiction and nonfiction. Oldest of the prints and the patriarch of the print family. He wears a sweater vest and long sleeve shirt, evocative of an intellectual writer.
Print Journalism—Jimmy PulitzerPrint Literature's brother. Represents newspapers and magazines. He dresses as a cross between depression-era newsboy and 40s journalist.
Cartoons and Comics—Clark MacmillianLiterature's son from Visual Art. Represents comics as a storytelling medium, including He and dad don't get along often. Closer to his uncle and his half-brother, Animation. Wears a heavy overcoat over a gray shirt with a word balloon in it.
Mail—Cody WilliamsRepresents the postal system. The only girl among the prints, in between Journalism and Literature. Dressed as a mail carrier.
The Audio Visuals
Characterized by their adherence to the simultaneous use of audio and visual equipment, usually for broadcast or home consumption.
Television—Walter Logie FarnsworthThe de facto leader of the media, representing the television industry and live-action TV shows. He wears a suit and a lapel mic. Video's older brother.
Video—Mary Sue Farnsworth-PhillipsTV's sister and confidante. Representing video technology. Dressed like a production manager.
Recording Industry—Vince Raymond PhillipsA tall man representing the recording industry and recording technologies. Dressed in a 70s pimp suit.
Music VideoDaughter of the Recording Industry and Video representing music videos as a distinct medium. A teenage girl dressed in party clothes.
Representing computer-based media, this groups marker is the almost universal presence of Nerd Glasses.
Intranet—Robert Licklider BellRepresents Internet-like localized internal networks. Dressed similarly to his identical twin brother Internet.
Computer Technology—Timothy Babbage BellRepresenting all of computer-based media sans networks and mobile devices. Dressed like a nerdy IT dude. Father of the digital siblings and married to Telecommunications.
ARPANET—Taylor BellInternet's older sister, based on the Internet's predecessor. Dressed in an American military uniform.
Podcast—Miley BellRepresents sound broadcasts sent over the Internet file that can be listened to over a device, usually an iPod.
Video Gaming—Kirby ParkA relative to the Audiovisuals and the Digitals. Wears a stylized South Korean competitive Starcraft team jacket.
Characterized by their erstwhile dependence on semitransparent celluloid film with chemical emulsions to show still or perceivably moving images.
Cinema—Fritz StevensRepresents movies. Dressed like a De Mille-esque director. A bit of a fop.
Animation—Charlie SteveRepresenting the modern animation industry that traces its origin to the silent era. A wacky, animesque man dressed casually, wearing a backpack. Art's son from Cinema and Comics' half-brother.
Photography—Renee DaguerreRepresents photography as a technology and artform. Dressed as a stereotypical photographer. Journalism's love interest.
Represents technologies dedicated to transferring verbal and written information without the use of physical transportation. Nominally would include Internet.
Radio—Giacomo MarconiRepresents radio technology as a whole and radio broadcasting in particular. Dressed a a disk jockey.
Telegraphy—Samuel BellRepresents the sum total of telegraphic technology up to wire. Originally a sailor, now a distinguished old gentleman in an anachronistic Victorian suit.
Telecommunications—Samantha BellRepresents telephone and fax communication. Parent to Internet and his siblings and daughter of Telegraphy. Dressed like a telephone operator.
Represents lofty concepts of human creativity as manifested in the body of works and their creators as distinct from the other media.
Visual Art—Marcela PicassoRepresents paintings, sculptures, and mosaics. Is the love interest of Theatre, Cinema, and Literature. Dressed in a long-flowing skirt and a blouse with a sweater vest.
Music—Ludwig CobainRepresents music as a means of communication Dresses like a "scruffy musician" stereotype. Art's brother and the parental figure of the Recording Industry.
The Performing Arts
Representing live performances, they are characterized by their intensive use of human labor and mechanical tricks to convey narratives before an audience
Theatre—Dionysus MarloweRepresents theatrical productions including conventional plays, musicals, and operas. Dressed like a stereotypical theatre geek complete with scarf and skull.
Puppetry and Puppet Theater—Henson HearneRepresenting puppet theater and puppet and animatronic use media in general. Dressed casually much like a professional puppeteer for TV and Cinema.
The "Curtain Crew"
A group of brothers that represent communications formats that manipulate public perception. They have curtain hairstyles.
Propaganda—Santiago del PilarRepresents communications meant to sway people toward political or ideological dogma. Dressed as a hipster wearing the symbols of conflicting ideologies. Carries a yoyo.
Advertising—William Adams LockeRepresents advertisements and billboards. Main motive is to sell. Dresses like an ad executive.
Public Relations—Devon BernaysRepresents press meetings and other communication events meant to improve the image of a person or company.
Tabletop Games—Caissa ChaturangaRepresents board, RPG, and card games. Likes to cosplay.