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