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Rendered in beautiful 3D animation, Alice enters the "Otherlands" of London's most beautiful and terrifying minds.
Rendered in beautiful 3D animation, Alice enters the "Otherlands" of London's most beautiful and terrifying minds.
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Animations Complete!

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Dear Backers, 

First off, a big THANK YOU for your patience throughout the process of getting the animations and art book finished and delivered. The project has gone months beyond the originally projected delivery date and you've all maintained your cool and patience. Myself, Ed, Troy, Alex, Walter, Kian, and Lulu really appreciate your support and kindness. 

Now then... it's the...

Animation work is COMPLETE! Both Ed and Troy have delivered final versions of their animations. Kian is putting finishing touches on audio for the animations. And Ed is now working with Alex to create the credits roll for each video. Ed's journey through the mind of Jules Verne has turned out great!

Verne Renders
Verne Renders

For the Art Book... As can be seen with logos, labels, and sample pages in this post, Alex has been creating some really wonderful art to support the project. Here's a quick note from him on that topic and on progress with the Art Book: 

Hello there, we hope you're digging the work-in-progress snapshots for the Alice: Otherlands Art Book! American and I are tackling the book with the same approach to the games, in the idea that the more you look, the more you'll find. At time of writing, we're sitting at approximately 70% of the way through the initial layout. After this stage is finished, next up is typesetting each paragraph in the book. Finally, we'll go through and populate the gaps lefts over with brand-new original artwork and references to the Alice series. We're aiming to make the book as visually rich as it can be, and to create a truly worthy companion to the artbook of A:MR. The design is coming along wonderfully, and we're looking forward to sharing the final product with you as soon as it's ready to rock. Stay tuned! -Alex

In terms of timing and delivery dates... 

As soon as credits are delivered, I'll start work with Alex and Kian (our sound guy) to build DVD menus and DVD packaging, then send all those materials off to the DVD factory for manufacture. Estimated timeline for delivery to the factory: End of June.  

And once Alex delivers the final book, I'll start work on editing the text content, then we can send THAT off for manufacture. Estimated timeline for delivery to the factory: Middle to late July. 

If all goes well, we should be able to start shipping physical rewards by early to mid August. Keep in mind that delays with DVDs will impact on delivery of books and vice-versa, since we're going to need to ship items out in bundles to reduce shipping cost and time. We will be hand-shipping items from Shanghai, so please understand that the boxing/shipping process alone is going to be time consuming as well. Whew!

With all that out of the way, here's a bunch of awesome art!

Dress Teaser
Dress Teaser
Book Teaser 1
Book Teaser 1
Book Teaser 2
Book Teaser 2
Book Teaser 3
Book Teaser 3
Book Teaser 4
Book Teaser 4
Book Teaser 5
Book Teaser 5
Story Boards
Story Boards

That concludes the Otherlands update for this month. We'll be back next month to share progress on the book, credits, and manufacture process!

Tick Tock!
Tick Tock!

From Shanghai on Lulu's Birthday, 

-American & Lulu (who is now 3 years old!)

 A bit of promotion for a new project I'm working on with my girlfriend (fashion designer Vanessa Zhang) and Alex Crowley. If you aren't interested in knowing more, please just ignore this section. Thanks!

What's the new project? Well, I've decided to bring my approach to twisted fairy tales into a new domain; a place where my ideas aren't limited by technical constraints, distribution platforms, or publishing agreements. "Mysterious" is a shop where I'll offer hand made bags inspired by some of my favorite stories, such as Alice, Red Riding Hood, and Snow White. 

If you are interested in learning more, please sign up for the Mailing List

The Art of The Art Book

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Dear Insane Children, 

American and Lulu here with an update on the Art Book. It's such a fantastic update, Lulu's afraid it might damage her eyes, so she's taken special precautions: 

Whatever. I don't carrot all.
Whatever. I don't carrot all.

Since the last update, wherein I pleaded for help with the art book, a magnificent new artist has been discovered and added to the project. Everyone, please say "Hello!" to Alex "AlexCee" Crowley... 

Alex is a long-time die-hard Alice fan, and recalls vividly his first encounter with the game series in high school, when coming across a magazine advert for the original Alice game. Since then, he's been hooked. Both the original Alice and A:MR have been massive artistic influences, and he's followed her adventures ever since. He currently works as a senior designer for an advertising agency/record label/touring agency, and freelances for cool things when he can.

In just a few weeks Alex has already outlined a spectacular vision for the Alice: Otherlands art book - one that fits together nicely with the Alice: Madness Returns art book... even being the same size and format, so that they two books will fit neatly together into a self-made collection. 

Here's a sample of Alex's ideas for various elements in the book. All work in progress... 

Sample Logo
Sample Logo
Sample Borders
Sample Borders
Sample Chapter Headings
Sample Chapter Headings
Sample Contents Page
Sample Contents Page

You can check out more of Alex's work and keep an eye out for sneak peaks at his progress on the Otherlands art book via his Facebook and Instagram pages: 

www.facebook.com/alexceeart 
www.instagram.com/alexceeart

I've got in-hand a sample version of the first chapter of the art book, and I have to say... it looks great!

Ok, Lulu, you can take off your glasses now. 

On the animation front, Ed and team report they made some solid progress over last weekend. Fingers crossed they'll wrap their production soon! 

From Shanghai with Edible Glasses, 

American & Lulu

The "No Update" Update

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Dear Backers, 

Absolutely nothing exciting to report, but I'd like to avoid knicker twisting so here's an update without any meaningful update. Yay! 

Troy's stop-motion animation is finished. Kian is also finished with sound/music on this animation. That's good progress. 

Animating Alice
Animating Alice

Ed's 3D-computer animation was near finished at last update. Kian's still waiting on final picture so he can wrap up sound/music. Ed's and his team have been super busy on other projects (required for survival), so progress on this front is slow. I will continue to kick and prod Ed as I am able. 

Progress on the book is moving along steadily, but has been limited by my own busy-ness on launching a new game here at Spicy Horse (also required for survival). And I will continue to kick and prod myself as I am able. In order to get the book done faster I am thinking of outsourcing the work - so if any of you know any Adobe Illustrator experts that might be interested... drop me a line. 

Once we have all the production assets (video and book) finished, manufacture at a factory shouldn't take long (a few weeks), at which point we can mail everything out (another few weeks for delivery). 

Now that I'm mostly out of the woods on launch of the new game, I can devote more time to book production. And I'm hoping Ed can wrap up his part soon as well. 

Apologies for the delays, and thanks in advance for your understanding. 

From Shanghai,

-American (and Lulu says 'Hi') 

Happy Chinese New Year - Year of the Sheep

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Ni Hao Feng Le Hai Ze! 

The Year of the Sheep is upon us! Here in China, things are getting quieter by the day. By end of week the streets will be half-deserted, 300,000,000 people will begin their annual new year migration, and I'll be winging my way to a distant tropical anchorage. Baaaa! 

Happy Baa Year
Happy Baa Year

Progress on the Alice: Otherlands animations is moving forward, albeit slowly. Ed and Troy continue their work with Kian and Walter on sound/music. Ed is also working on the 'backer credits' to be included with both animations. The animations should be in final condition by start of March (fingers crossed). The art book is also growing slowly towards design completion. 

Really nothing new to share in terms of music, video, or 2D art, so I'll leave you with a "Happy New Year!" and return with another update after the holiday :) 

From Shanghai with Baa, 

-American 

Happy New Year 2015!

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Dear Backers, 

Happy New Year to all from myself, Lulu, and everyone here at Spicy Horse in Shanghai.

Two bits to update you on today: Art Book production and Scoring for the animations. 

First up, here's Lulu with images of the Alice: Otherlands Art Book (test print): 

Alice vs. Akaneiro
Alice vs. Akaneiro
Cover Page
Cover Page
Credits
Credits
Otherlands
Otherlands
The Others
The Others

The book featured in these images is a TEST PRINT which I'm using to understand the quality and capabilities of one of the book makers we may work with. It's also a guide for my reference, as I am personally creating the Illustrator files that will be used for printing the book - and this is my first foray into book making! 

Probably not the final cover. Definitely not the final color (red) for the interior pages. Not the final credits list. In fact, none of the text you see is final. Again, it's a test print!

As you can see in the first image (with Lulu for scale) the Otherlands book is slightly larger than the Art of Akaneiro book. Close inspection reveals similar quality, though there are some issues with the cover printing method on the Otherlands book. In the end, I hope to match the quality of the Akaneiro (and Alice: Madness Returns) books produced by Dark Horse. The test print is certainly not to that level of quality, but it's not far off. 

Actual design work on the book is about 1/5th complete. I've been waiting on the test print to go any further - and it took quite a while to find a factory we could work with on a limited edition print (and at a good price point + high level of quality). Even if design work were finished tomorrow, printing wouldn't start/finish until after Chinese New Year (mid-February). With that in mind, I think we can expect to have finished books by mid/late March. This should align with delivery of finished animations and production of DVDs. 

Up next... MUSIC!

Walter, Ed, and Troy are working together on the scoring process. Today, I'm able to share with you the *work in progress* musical tracks from Walter that will accompany the animations. 

TWO TRACKS ON SOUNDCLOUD

When listening, keep in mind that these tracks are matched to the animations being produced by Troy and Ed. I've seen music + the rough cuts of the animations and everything fits together nicely. Final result should be great. 

To hear more from Walter Sickert and The Army of Toys, follow this LINK.

Further updates...

Ed writes to update us on progress with his team: "My team is getting pretty close to the version I find acceptable (meaning that I can take their assets and pull a caffeine-fueled weekend, giving it my AMR atmospheric touch). I think they will have it on the next round. I will find out by the end of the day when that next/hopefully last delivery will be."

Troy says: "I'm waiting to hear the score that Edward comes up with so I can make some final edits. Once that's in place, I have quite a few shots to clean up and do final compositing. I'm also waiting to hear back from some compositors that can work within a very small budget. I'll have a better idea of a timeline when the score's done."

Lulu says: "TOY? DID YOU SAY TOY? WHERE IS TOY?!?!" No, Lulu, we said "Troy." Calm your paws. 

Negotiations on the feature film front have gone silent. There's no 'next move' until our writer is once again free to engage, which won't happen until May. At that point I am hopeful we'll be able to get the feature film talks restarted and actual writing can begin. Fingers crossed. 

As always, if you have questions or are in dire need of a personal update, please message me directly here on Kickstarter. If you need to update your shipping address or contact details, please use BackerKit.

With Licks from Lulu in Shanghai, 

-American