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Rendered in beautiful 3D animation, Alice enters the "Otherlands" of London's most beautiful and terrifying minds.
3,389 backers pledged $222,377 to help bring this project to life.

An Electric Update

Posted by American McGee (Creator)

We are off to an electrifying start! Less than two days in and we've already achieved nearly 25% of our goal - trending towards a great finish. Thank you, everyone, for jumping in so quickly and decisively. From the ashes of Oz will rise the madness of Wonderland. If you ask me, that's a fair trade.

Speaking of Wizards, today's Otherlands concept artwork is a peek inside the mind of one of the most famous to ever come out of America - The Wizard of Menlo Park, Thomas Edison. Prolific inventor of machines and controversies - many of which remain current today (yes, I did). Edison visited London a number of times in the late 1800s - leaving behind some of mankind's earliest vacation home-movies.

Spicy Horse artist Nako rendered this snapshot inside a corner of Edison's mind. The animated journey into this particular subconscious would touch on a dazzling array of inventions, personal feuds and grisly topics - like elephant electrocution. In this way I think the Otherlands project will become part art, part history lesson and part psycho-analytic rendering machine. What better way to time travel than through the surreal representations of the subconscious? We have listed this under the add-ons as a the Edison Canvas Poster for sale for $65. Although the exact dimensions are not yet available, you can expect it to be several feet tall, like the posters available from our Akaneiro: Demon Hunters  Kickstarter.

Before you bask in the glow of Alice's latest incandescent adventure, a couple of housekeeping notes:

First, I need to make this crystal clear: The "Otherlands" Kickstarter campaign links to the film/animation rights and animation production ONLY. This campaign has no link to a 3rd Alice game. That being said, I imagine massive support for this campaign would signal healthy interest in the overall property - a signal that could influence people's thinking about the value of the Alice property in general. If you're wanting a game, then please do Alice a favor and show your support here. Angry-faced refusal to support this campaign because it's not a game won't make a game happen faster. Think about it.

Second, we've figured out a way to offer merchandise that doesn't risk getting us in trouble with lawyers. STORYBOARDS! (Thanks, Alex, for the idea!) Each adventure into Otherlands will require detailed storyboard creation prior to production - this is something we have significant experience with from projects like Alice: Madness Returns. So, we're going to offer limited edition, printed, signed storyboards from the Otherlands project. Below you'll see a storyboard from Madness Returns - the opening cinematic "River Raft Ride." We are NOT offering this storyboard - this is just an example. We never intended to sell collectible editions of the A:MR storyboards, so expect the A:OL storyboards to be made much more beautiful - specifically for the purpose of offering them as collectibles  I promise they won't disappoint.

To keep them both unique and special, they will be offered as a Storyboard Tier for $500 - limit 100. The tier will include an autographed copy of the numbered storyboard, autographed copy of the DVD, and copy of the art book. Once all 100 of that edition are sold out, a new series will become available for sale. For those who want more than one, we'll see about making additional series available after the Kickstarter but due to KS pledging restrictions, this is how we'll have to do it for now.

Last thing, then you can feast on light bulbs and exploding rabbits - PLEASE help us get the word out about this campaign. Tweet, blog, Facebook about it. Scrawl it on the bathroom wall. Morse code it with butt horn toots. Train your dog to say, "Otherlands" and get him on late night TV!

PS: If you want a hi-res version of that A:MR storyboard, CLICK HERE

From Shanghai with Rabbit Guts,

-American

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    1. Subject Capricornus Delta on

      Can we expect Nicola Tesla?

    2. Amy on

      Damn, I absolutely love the storyboards (whoever came up with this idea deserves a pay rise!) but as a college student, I have no chance of being able to afford that :/ Guess i will have to settle for autographed DVD.

    3. Michael on

      Can't wait. First time I played Alice I was immediately hooked on the world. Madness returns was perfect too. Although I anxiously await a third game this may be my most anticipated entry yet. A bunch of stories based on a bunch of famous minds from the time period is just too good to pass up. This is my first Kickstarter This will succeed.

    4. Ren Shredder on

      The Edison artwork is amazing! As a geek, I'm really not comfortable with Edison, as a physics student, I'm very happy that the mind of a physicist was chosen for a poster addon =)
      I'd really like to have a storyboard, but can't afford it. Still, I think making them exclusive by limiting them and making them that expensive is a good idea. It also makes me want one even more :D

    5. LockVII on

      Great idea with the storyboards :)
      Also for add-ons to help further raise $$, could you not include AMR posters like you did with the Akaneiro campaign?

    6. Antonio Garcia
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      Excellent idea with the limited edition Storyboards! They will help push the project closer to the finish line within the halfway point.

    7. Aviel Solar on

      Loving this. It makes me wonder why they didn't start with this. Probably they found out after OZ went up.

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      Sean K.I.W. Steele on

      @American Good enough for me.

    9. Slamfist Media on

      This project will be part of my next Kickstarter related post on my site. Will do what I can to advertise.

    10. Kory Dondzila
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      Ah Edison the mass murderer of animals by electrocution, to make the claim that AC was dangerous. Seriously that's really all you'd have to cover for him..

    11. American McGee 3-time creator on

      @Sean the future of Oz is a little uncertain right now. Best to wait a while and then revisit the topic. In any case, I will continue to think on it, write about it and ... someday :)

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      Sean K.I.W. Steele on

      Now that's pretty spiffy! Edison's personal world has a nice aetheric feel to it's tech.

      Just checking, Oz definitely isn't on the table right now since the fight is for the movie, but we will very likely see Oz down the road sometime, if not necessarily soon, correct?

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      Omar Lima on

      @McGee - Sure.

    14. Garrett Archer on

      That looks* like

      Darn typos.

    15. American McGee 3-time creator on

      @Omar, let's just leave it alone for now, OK? EA have specifically asked me NOT to go into details about our talks, about the next possible game, etc. The more you guys pressure me on this, the more uncomfortable it is for me. Please, let's just focus on the Otherlands animation project for today. Trust that I am doing everything I can to get another game made. That's all I want to say about it right now. Thanks.

    16. Garrett Archer on

      That like Edisonland is entangled in Tesland. I love it.

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      Omar Lima on

      As I'm one that is looking forward to a 3rd Alice game. Let's say EA says yes and is willing to work with Spicy Horse for an upcoming Alice game, how will Alice:Otherlands fit in with the canon? Also any idea how long each short will be?