NFT Steez, Cointelegraph’s new weekly podcast exploring non-perishable tokens and Web3 projects, spoke to Comic-Con legend Gareb Shamus about how he uses storytelling to build engagement and a “maker world” that grows and strengthens communities.

What began as a comics newsletter—Shamus’ passion project—eventually became known to the world as Wizard Magazine. According to Shamus, the magician was an outlet where he could “create a sound” and share with his friends the things he discovered that excited him.

Shamus touched on the importance of building elements of participation and not limiting creativity within communities to increase “unifying them around what they love.” More importantly, he explained how building engagement has allowed him to reach billions of people around the world in a way that makes it “fun to be a fan of the culture.”

According to him, there is a natural synergy between comics and NFTs.

‘We need to promote storytelling’
When asked what role storytelling will play in the Kumite NFT project, Shamus explained that Web3 allows for more engagement and engagement as multiple stories can be told and expressed from multiple perspectives. Shamus described the Kumite NFT as bringing the hero’s journey to its holders, and in this way, “everyone can be a hero in their own journey.”

In terms of sustainability, Shamus said it was essential for Kumite to develop a “game mechanic” from day one – one that enables owners to not only participate but realize that the story is not linear, where the community can participate and give their say on how the story will progress.

Thinking about the future directions of Web3
When asked about the future directions of NFTs, the community, and Web3, Shamus came out and suggested that there should definitely be some semblance of “ethical guidelines,” but that the ultimate goal in exploring these uncharted areas of Web3 is to allow people to “explore their creativity.”

Shamus believes it would be a “mistake” to assume that the team behind Kumite will have complete control over the lore of the project. Instead, owners can create and develop their characters’ story, and according to Shamus, fans can “create better stories” better than a team can.

Putting limits on creativity is the way it “always has been,” Shamus and Web3 said, and NFTs have opened up the means to tap into “universal creativity,” particularly when it comes to storytelling. The most exciting element of boundless creativity, Shamus said, is that you “don’t know where you’re going” — and that’s where the fun is.

For more information on chatting with Shamus, be sure to tune in to the full episode of NFT Steez on the new Cointelegraph Podcast page, or on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or TuneIn.