"Lunatics!" Pilot Project Status
It has been six years since you helped us to create the pre-production art and an animatic for the pilot episode for our open-movie animated series about the first settlers... Read more
Lunatics! Audiodrama: "Earth"
We've completed our first production, which is an audiodrama:
The colonists are joined by meta-conceptual artist R. Allen Emerson as part of his project to experience a lunar eclipse... Read more
2013 Production Kickstarter
We are now running a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of the pilot episode for "Lunatics!", "No Children in Space". After a year of work on this project, I'm really... Read more
All Rewards Shipped!
Today, we posted the very last rewards, which were the three Lib-Ray-formatted versions of the pilot episode animatic, along with the dataset, which included all of the extras from the... Read more
Penultimate post: DVD datasets finished!
This will probably be my next-to-last update. The DVD data sets are being mailed (all but one of them is in the post, the last one will go out on... Read more
Still working on the animatic DVD
Well, this is taking a little longer than I planned, due to software problems I don't even want to get started on (I'm having to do a lot of workarounds... Read more
Signing and Shipping Physical Rewards
Artbooks and Posters
We now have all of the physical rewards in hand (that's the character line-up posters and the artbooks), and we are working on signing and packaging those ... Read more
Printing out a Proof of the Artbook!
Well, I didn't get them finished on Friday or Saturday, but the artbook is basically done now. Just need to proofread and fix typos and stuff before sending it to... Read more
We'll be at ArmadilloCon 34 in Austin, TX this Weekend!
If you're in town, you might want to come see us at Armadillo Con 34 in Austin, Texas (it's at the Renaissance Hotel Austin). Terry Hancock and Rosalyn Hunter will... Read more
Colonist Modelsheets Finished
Good News and Bad...
Working on the Colony Floorplan design
I know we've been very quiet for awhile now -- progress was a bit slow at first while we sorted out some workflow problems, but we are making pretty good... Read more
FSM Article about our project infrastructure
I wrote a column for Free Software Magazine about the free software infrastructure I set up on our server to support Lunatics. You might find it interesting:
Creating a Project... Read more
LAST 11 HOURS - Alternate Poster Layout by Rosalyn Hunter
Here's an alternate design for the Concept Art Poster, which looks more like a "group photo". Layout by Rosalyn Hunter. Tell us which you like better.
I've also indicated where... Read more
LAST 12 HOURS - Preview of Concept Art Poster Layout
Now that all of the inked and painted character portraits are finished, I am putting together the Concept Art Poster. This is missing only a few elements. The circles at... Read more
LAST 12 HOURS - Organizational Logo Sponsorships just $200
"Logo Sponsorships" Now Just $200
I have just reduced the "sponsorship" reward from $400 to $200, as there is now much less of a gap to close. I also limited... Read more
Allen Emerson Concept Art Portrait
Allen Emerson is the last of the portraits for the Concept Art Poster.
"R. Allen Emerson is a Conceptual Artist most known for his work in active and intelligent materials... Read more
Updated version of Sarah Allison Concept Art Portrait
After doing several of the others, I thought I'd come back and try putting shadows and highlights on Sarah's portrait. I also decided to color her hair more naturally.
"Dr.... Read more
Tim Farmer Concept Art Portrait
Here is the Concept Art Portrait for Igor Timothy Farmer / Tim.
"Timothy Farmer son of Anya Titova Farmer and Joshua Farmer is the communications assistant on the ISF colony.... Read more
NEW - Concept Art Poster for just $8 USA or WORLD (Folded)
If the $15/$25 poster reward seems too high, you might be interested in this: we can send you the same poster for just $8 if we fold it for shipping.... Read more
Themes in Lunatics - #12 "Irrational Reasons versus Rational Excuses for Space Pioneering"
Continuing with themes in the stories for Lunatics... Here's number twelve:
Theme #12 Irrational Reasons versus Rational Excuses for Space Pioneering
I know a number of space advocates who claim... Read more
Josh Farmer Concept Art Portrait
Another color portrait for the Concept Art Poster -- this is Joshua Farmer / Josh.
"Joshua Farmer (Ph.D.) received his Doctorate in Space Agriculture for his work on rapid-growth high... Read more
Themes in Lunatics - #11 "Real Science and Technology"
Continuing with themes in the stories for Lunatics... Here's number eleven:
Theme #11 Real Science and Technology
We're not so much writers who happen to know some science as we... Read more
Themes in Lunatics - #10 "Independence versus Interdependence on the Moon"
Continuing with themes in the stories for Lunatics... Here's number ten:
Theme #10 Independence versus Interdependence on the Moon
The Moon, as some critics have noted, is indeed a harsh... Read more
Anya Farmer Concept Art Portrait
Drawing of "Anya Titova Farmer" / "Anya" by Daniel Fu (from the concept art sheet), digitally inked and colored by Terry Hancock.
"Anya Titova Farmer (M.B.A.) is business manager of... Read more
Themes in Lunatics - #9 "Libertarian Visions of Space versus the Statist Reality of the Space Program"
Continuing with themes in the stories for Lunatics... Here's number nine:
Theme #9 Libertarian Visions of Space versus the Statist Reality of the Space Program
Most of the serious space... Read more
Themes in Lunatics - #8 "Family Life versus Command Hierarchies"
Continuing with themes in the stories for Lunatics... Here's number eight:
Theme #8 Family Life versus Command Hierarchies
Here's the corporate-minded, government-agency vision for starting a space colony: use your... Read more
Hiromi Lerner Concept Art Portrait
Earlier I posted a tiny picture of Hiromi as part of the preview of the Concept Art poster, but here's the completed "Hiromi Aoki Lerner" drawing. Of course, like the... Read more
Themes in Lunatics - #7 "Agrarian Reality versus Technocratic Image"
Continuing with themes in the stories for Lunatics... Here's number seven:
Theme #7 Agrarian Reality versus Technocratic Image
I call this the "white plastic walls" fallacy. People have an idea... Read more
The Roadmap for Lunatics Series Production
Some of you may be wondering where this "Phase I" Kickstart (and the work it's meant to support) falls in our overall plan, and just how far it will take... Read more
Themes in Lunatics - #6 "Risk Averse Society versus the Thrill of the Frontier"
Continuing with themes in the stories for Lunatics... Here's number six:
Theme #6 Risk Averse Society versus the Thrill of the Frontier
Of course, being too safe is a little... Read more
Themes in Lunatics - #5 Failsafes and Adaptation
Continuing with themes in the stories for Lunatics... Here's number five:
Theme #5 Failsafes and Adaptation
Space is a dangerous place, don't get me wrong. But then again, so is... Read more
Original Concept Artwork - Now 50% Off!
I've reduced the prices on the original concept artwork sheets drawn by Daniel Fu by 50%. I've also made each one a separate reward, so you can pick which one... Read more
"Georgiana Lerner" Portrait
I've realized that I haven't actually posted scans of the original artwork that Daniel Fu created for us as concpet art. This is the sheet for Georgiana Lerner. Remember: this... Read more
Why Soyuz? (Minor spoilers)
If you're an anti-spoiler purist, you might not want to read this one, but...
Implicit in some of my posts about "No Children in Space", is a story choice some... Read more
Themes in Lunatics - #4 "People Who Don't Want to Be There Won't Be"
Continuing with themes in the stories for Lunatics... Here's number four:
Theme #4 People Who Don't Want to Be There Won't Be
Close on the heels of my previous complaint... Read more
Themes in Lunatics - #3 "Fatalism versus Can-Do on the Frontier"
Continuing with themes in the stories for Lunatics... Here's number three:
Theme #3 Fatalism versus Can-Do on the Frontier
One of the unfortunate memes in movie science fiction -- especially... Read more
Themes in Lunatics - #2 "Pioneering with Press Coverage"
We're continuing to introduce some of the themes we're working into the series. Here's number two:
Theme #2 Pioneering with Press CoverageScience fiction writers had imagined the first landing... Read more
"Rob" Portrait for the Concept Art Poster
Dr. John Robert Lerner, founder of the International Space Foundation, will be joining the first true human settlement on a planet beyond the confines of this Earth. He and a... Read more
Themes in Lunatics - #1 "Bridging from Here to There"
Themes in Lunatics
Although Rosalyn Hunter is credited as the "writer" on Lunatics and I am credited as the "director", the reality is a bit more muddled than that. We... Read more
Dataset will be Available at All Reward Levels
This is an open-source project, so anyone who wants to access the data we produce will be able to get it in time (certainly before next Summer).
Anyone backing this... Read more
"Sarah" Portrait for the Concept Art Poster
Today I finished the first of the digital ink & paint portraits based on Daniel Fu's character concept art. This is not the final art we are creating for this... Read more
Special Treat - "Art Now!" interview from "Earth"
This is getting a little ahead of ourselves, but we thought it would be a fun extra to share with you all.
This is a bit of dialog that Rosalyn... Read more