Mr. Robot: Red Wheelbarrow
NBCUniversal and Sam Esmail, creator and showrunner for the award-winning, critically acclaimed series Mr. Robot on USA Network, called on us with a unique idea: to create a book that would expand the universe of Mr. Robot. In the show’s second season, main character Elliot Alderson keeps a composition notebook to record his most private thoughts. As the second season began filming, we worked with the show’s production department to make sure our book would match the onscreen prop as closely as possible—right down to its fire-damaged cover and pages—while expanding its contents into a full, standalone story set in the world of the show, filling in the blanks before and during season two. We worked closely with Esmail and Courtney Looney, story editor for the series, on a gripping narrative that functions as an extra episode of the show. An immersive object in and of itself, Mr. Robot: Red Wheelbarrow (Abrams/Melcher Media) is entirely handwritten and illustrated, and includes seven removable artifacts such as a ripped-out page, a newspaper clipping, and a mysterious envelope. The book also contains a layer of secret codes that reveal hidden backstories from the show. All of it is designed to give fans a way to hold a piece of the Mr. Robot universe in their hands—and then dive into a brand-new story that expands its world and hints at what’s to come.