Stories told by combining games, animation, & comics, by professional creators, on any internet enabled device...for FREE. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on July 2, 2014.
About this project
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BLACKJACK THE SERIES STARTS IN JULY! (Yes, July :)
SPACE STATION ORBITER: CLOUD 99 IN AUGUST!
The AEON IS HERE! We're not going ANYwhere.
We're building WORLDS.
All press inquiries, please email: email@example.com
A BIG ETERNAL THANKS TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BACKED US, AND CONTINUE TO DO SO.
THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES. CHEERS!
Our beta site is live, so you can see The AEON in action!
What is this Exactly ?
- We're building The AEON (Short for The Arthawk Entertainment Online Network), an online transmedia network, for people who love all the things we love: Animation, games, comics, & film.
- Each transmedia series combines comics, animation, & games. share your favorite characters, series, & games with family & friends. And do it all for free, on any internet device.
- Our content is produced by professional game developers, animators, filmmakers, comic book artists & writers.
The first of these is "Blackjack - The Series", the adventures of an African American soldier of fortune in the 1930s.
So What's the Kickstarter For?
The goal of the Kickstarter is to:
- To raise the funds to finish the first transmedia episode of Blackjack. Part one of the comic (11 pages), a two minute animated episode, and some beginning gameplay.
- Reaching stretch goals will allow us to do everything from additional episodes of Blackjack games, animation, & comics, to doing previews of our other upcoming series, to producing a full season of our content.
This has never been done before. THIS is the fulfillment of the promise of transmedia.
We are starting a revolution.
What the Heck is Transmedia ?
Combining different media to tell different parts of the same story, is what's known as "Transmedia".
So What are You Coming Out With ?
The AEON will launch with four series initially. The first of these is:
BlackJack Created by: Alex Simmons
He lives where death roams, blood runs, and love dies.
Arron Day is a black man living in an explosive period in history. A time of hot jazz, gangland rubouts, revolution and cultural renaissance. It is also a time of ancient terrors, deadly quests, mad dictators … and looming world war.
From Paris to Cairo, from China to Brazil, Arron Day travels the globe as a solider of fortune, the best of his profession, the man called BLACKJACK. Highly paid to beat the odds, he battles not only powerful enemies, but also the ghost of his past, and the bigotry of his times.
Written by award winning author Alex Simmons, and illustrated by some of the comic industry’s best talent, Blackjack offers action, danger, mystery, and revelation! It is the 1930s – a good time for a dark hunter.
For more on Blackjack, check out the amazing videos below:
And here's a great interview with Blackjack creator Alex Simmons, talking about the character:
After the launch of Blackjack, the next three transmedia series to follow are:
Space Station Orbiter: Cloud 99 Created by: Christopher M. Taylor
In the far future, on humanity’s adopted homeworld New Mars, its people have surrendered. And yet remnants of its fighting forces survive and hold the key to salvation for the greater inter-galactic alliance. What happens when the war is lost? When winning isn’t an option and survival is the most that one could hope for? Humanity’s last hope, the protectors of the experimental space station known as Orbiter: Cloud 99 are about to find out…
Action Angels International Created by: Derrick Richardson & James Allen Jr.
The Action Angels story in a nutshell is a story of good vs. evil. The good in this case being the feminine aspect of the divine power called The Goddess. The evil being Entropy, a personification of the negative power opposing the divine force.
The Goddess and Entropy have waged an eons long battle since the beginning of thought, never being able to cancel the other out. At the birth of mankind in the multiverse billions of years ago, The Goddess had her ten aspects in this reality, The Mahavidyas, aka The Ten Great Cosmic Powers aka Archangels, send a portion of her power to the multiverse, and merged it with specific women. Women were chosen because being able to give birth, they are a microcosmic representation of the divine feminine, The Goddess herself.
Melissa Powell, known during the 40's as the crimefighter Shade Noir, and multibillionairess businesswoman Elisabeth Clarke, also known as the alchemist Miss Midas, 'have joined forces to form Action Angels International, a modelling/ talent agency/superheroine team.
The Mahavidya Kamalatmika (aka Lakshmi, Archangel of Divine Law & Divine Love, Wealth, & Prosperity) appeared to both Melissa and Elisabeth, telling them of the need to consolidate all of the heroines, now known as NuStyles, into one fighting force for the major battle ahead.
Action Angels International (AAI) has 13 branches worldwide, from New York to Sydney.
From a photo shoot in the Antartic, to an alien invasion, there's nothing these amazing women can't handle.
Action Angels International. Saving the world, while looking fabulous doing it!
I Am Power Unlimited Created by: Derrick A. Richardson & James H. Allen Jr.
It's the story of James Anderson and Sylvia Edwards, two teenagers from Atlantic City, N.J. that end up, by way of an amazing accident (isn't it always.), becoming the world's first Superhumans. Or so they think!
They tell their origin and show their powers on network television, and are further transformed into "Supercelebrities" and Atlantic City's main tourist attraction. When you've got someone who can throw a tank, fly, generate forcefields and shoot beams of plasma, what box office action hero's going to top that?! The endorsements, record & movie deals come pouring in. But there's trouble on the horizon. Of Godlike proportions!
"I Am Power Unlimited" is about power in all its manifestations. The power of celebrity. The power of destiny. The power behind the veil of reality.
The AEON has begun life as a pre-launch Beta responsive design site, enabling people to be a part of a global community, as we build what we hope to be THE online destination for lovers of genre entertainment everywhere.
Why Are We Doing It?
We love comics, animation, games, films, & TV. But entertainment has gotten way too expensive. It costs a family of 4 over $100 to go see one movie(and that's just for the popcorn!). Cable gets more & more expensive. & comics are now $3.99. each.
Console games are now $70.00.
Popular entertainment is barely affordable for the people that love it most.
That's where we come in.
We're the 21st century descendents of the penny dreadful, the pulps, movie serials, comics, the double feature, & theatrical animated shorts.
We're bringing the rich history and storytelling of the past, and joining it to the cutting edge technology & distribution systems of today.
Affordable, professional level entertainment for everyone, not just those who can afford it.
A new platform for a new world.
Who ARE you People?
We're glad you asked. Our team is international, and consists of:
Founder/CEO Derrick A. Richardson who as part of Philadelphia's Maximum Overtime Studios, did art for comics from DC, Marvel, Malibu, Omni, Comico, & others.
Editor-In-Chief Alex Simmons Has written (and in some cases also created) a number of juvenile mysteries under a variety of pseudonyms for many well-known publishers. He's also penned educational documentaries and several stage plays.
Alex has written three movie novelizations for Disney and three biographies for Steck-Vaughn, including one on Denzel Washington.
He's written numerous comic book stories for DC Comics, Archie Comics, and Graphic Classics, as well as his own original creations.
As a voiceover talent, Alex has been heard on a wide range of projects from O'Henry Bars, to podcasting financial information.
He's also the founder of the annual Kids Comic Con.
Animation Consultant Mike Kunkel has over 20 years experience in the Animation Industry, Mike has continued to do what he loves by working on numerous Television and Film projects as a Director, Story and Development Artist, Character Designer, Screenwriter and Animator.
Mike has worked for such studios as Warner Bros, Nickolodeon, Cartoon Network, Sony Entertainment, Universal Pictures and Walt Disney Studios.
As a published writer and artist, Mike has been nominated three times for the prestigious EISNER Awards and four Ignatz awards, and is the creator of the two-time EISNER Award-winning comic book series "Herobear and the kid."
His designs in television have also won the ANNIE AWARD for Best Character Design in an Animated Television Production.
Animation Co-Producer Jessie Lasaten
Is the Founder, CEO, & multi-award winning film composer and musical arranger of Cutting Edge Productions, a one-stop shop for 2D & 3D animation, VFX, & music, based in The Philippines.
Established in 2003, Cutting Edge, utilizing state of the art technology, has done work on various features overseas, and is most well known over here as being one of the animation teams to work on the upcoming feature "El Americano".
Technical Consultant Jean-Francois Bezequel
Has worked at some of the top media companies in France and Europe for more than ten years, at different positions, participating in the development of digital TV technologies.
He founded Challenge Media Management in June 2003.
Creative Christopher M. Taylor
Creative Christopher M. Taylor, is an industry veteran, with over 20 years experience, having worked for DC Entertainment, Marvel, & Dark Horse Comics. He's drawn "Legion of Superheroes", "Bloodpack", the "Aliens 3 Movie Adaptation", &"Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers".
I'm In! When Does It Launch? The beta site goes up Friday June 6th. Check it out at: www.theaeonishere.com
So what are you Spending My Money On?Are You Going to Aruba? Don't be silly. It's for the R&D for our warp engine enabled starship (we're kidding).
Your funds will be spent on game development, animation, & comics production.
Producing all of this content in three mediums is EXPENSIVE! With your help, we'll be able to get it done, and done well.
Only a few investors could wrap their heads around what we're doing.
We decided to go direct to the fans, the people that we want to be a part of this in the first place! ( I had a "V-8" moment : ) We knew that you'd "get it", and be behind it 100%.
Risks and challenges
We are working hard to launch the full network in July of 2015 – with interim uploads and updates along the way.
And we understand there will be challenges. Perfecting software, developing additional content, and navigating any other hurdles that might arise. Some of these may cause delays here and there.
But we know that with your support we can overcome those challenges, and we can afford to make this vision even better.
Creator controlled. Community conscious. This is the AEON.
Help us build it now.
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