October 14, 2011 Comments Off
As of 7pm PST on October 13, the Titanium Rain campaign on Kickstarter acheived it’s funding goal plus 14%. Thank you thank you thank you! Let’s see if we can get 150% funded before the 23rd…whattaya think? http://kck.st/p93Hg7
October 12, 2011 Comments Off
We’re back, if only for a brief interlude:
The next month-and-a-half is about to be a busy one, to say the least, with four projects being recorded, not to mention Lance’s work with the NATF in less than two scant weeks, and the remaining days of our crowdfunding extension, so let’s get to it:
First, we want to give a big thanks to those who supported Titanium Rain on IndieGoGo:
James Cornell, Algernon D’Ammassa, Caine Door, Thaddeus Howze, Elizabeth Knowelden, Patrick McEvoy, Judy Molner, Keith Reagan, Stephen Edward Vale, JK Woodward, Rodger Axt, David Hammond, Karen Stilwell, Michael Thomas, Adam and Comfort Withers, Lewis Davis, Craig Foley, Bryan Glass, Fred Greenhlagh, Christopher Schager, Sandy Sherr, Kevin Donnelly, Mike Rocha, and Kevin Lansford (along with our “anonymous” contributors).
Right now we are just over two weeks into our Kickstarter extension at http://kck.st/p93Hg7. Currently we are at 43% funded, and eleven days remaining; make a contribution! And remember that a $10 contribution can go a long way and is thoroughly appreciated, not to mention you are pre-paying for your digital download of Titanium Rain!
All names from both campaigns will eventually find their way to the AudioComics Company website, which is undergoing a slow make-over. In the next few months expect to see more pages and a different layout, all on a different server, courtesy of our wonderous web designer Kat Rocha.
On November 5 and 6, The AudioComics Company will re-enter The Studio in Portland, ME to record Titanium Rain on Saturday, and Honey West on Sunday. Bill Dufris will direct both works, with Jim Begley, one of the best engineers in Maine, supervising in the control room. Josh Finney and Kat Rocha, and Elaine Lee will all be in attendance, and our acting company for the weekend currently includes Lance Roger Axt, Carrington MacDuffie, Elizabeth Knowelden, Phil Wells, Brent Askari, and Gary Guzzo (with more actors to be announced later). Maria Myshrall will also be hand as our official photographer.
Then on November 19, Lance Roger Axt will take the director’s chair at Broken Radio in San Francisco to record the first two Pulp Adventures pieces, The Green Lama and the Curse of Liberty Island and The Domino Lady: All’s Fair in War. The previously announced third piece, The Green Lama and the Case of the Forgotten Gods, will record in 2012 (also in the Bay Area), giving writer Algernon D’Ammassa more time to re-work the script (he’s a very busy guy right now). The cast features the previously announced Craig Neibaur as The Green Lama and Karen Stilwell as The Domino Lady, as well as Perry Aliado, Mandy Brown, Peter Carini, Bill Chessman, Kevin Donnelly, Suzan Lorraine, and Peter Papadopoulos.
In addition, Lance is co-producing the upcoming National Audio Theatre Festivals Tony Hawkins Advanced Workshop in Los Angeles October 21 – 23 focusing on voice-over in the animation industry, with workshops (in and out of the studio) with Lucien Dodge (Pokemon), Corey Burton (Thundercats, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and comics/animation legend Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show, Dungeons and Dragons, Scooby and Scrappy Doo). There are still a few slots available, but only a few: you can register at https://www.regonline.com/audioartofanimation. Plus Elaine is working on several other scripts and an exciting Starstruck project, Bill is editing and mixing and editing and mixing, and Lance is working on the adaptation of …okay, we can’t talk about that yet.
It should also be noted that the planned audio adaptation of the romance webcomic Somewhere in Between has also been moved to 2013, as creator/writer/artist Megan Levens, much like Green Lama writer Algernon D’Ammassa, is inundated with projects (as are we) and thus we’ve moved the piece up a bit (okay, A LOT) to accomodate everyone’s schedules.
Finally, we can announce that in late February, we will take pre-orders for the digital downloads of The Batsons: Carmilla’s Crush, The Batsons: The Trouble with Fang!, The Domino Lady: All’s Fair in War, Titanium Rain Volume One, Honey West: Murder on Mars, and the compact disc releases of Titanium Rain Volume One, and Honey West: Murder on Mars, all of which will be released in spring. Then we gotta start prepping for the rest of the year!
So it’s going to be a busy-as-hell month-and-a-half for everyone, but we can’t wait for you to hear the results!
Finally, the Kickstarter link one last time: http://kck.st/p93Hg7!
September 23, 2011 Comments Off
Yes, folks, the Kickstarter Kampaign begins today! 30 days to reach our goal. We hope all of AudioComics’ loyal readers and listeners will pass on the link to the page and video to anyone you think would be interested in making a crowdfunding contribution toward the project. We feel what we’re asking for is a pretty modest amount, and hopefully the possibility of being 200% or 300% funded is not outside the realm of possibility. And word of mouth is a pretty powerful weapon when wielded properly.
September 16, 2011 Comments Off
Yes, we will be extending our crowdfunding campaign for the forthcoming audio movie adaptation of Titanium Rain. The campaign, which was previously on the crowdfunding site IndieGoGo, moves to Kickstarter beginning September 23. From the press release:
“‘We have heard from friends and from fans of the title wishing that they had had the opportunity to be a part of the funding experience, only to find that the timing of the campaign did not work for them. With many inquiries as to whether or not it would continue, and as our voice-over recording dates have been pushed to November, it simply made sense to keep it going a little while longer. It’s also gratifying to know that this much interest has been generated in the audio project; Titanium Rain has built a strong following, and we’re pleased to be able to offer this extension to them.
“‘However, it should be noted that the campaign will run for one additional month and one month only. The extension will end on October 23, and that’s it.’ The AudioComics Company adds that pledge perks include limited edition Titanium Rain art prints, signed books from 01Publishing, and one-of-a-kind sketch cards and original art from TR creators Josh Finney and Kat Rocha, as well as complimentary compact discs and digital downloads from both the forthcoming audio edition of TR as well as downloads of previous AudioComics audio movies Starstruck and Horrorscopes (volume one).
“Furthermore, AudioComics Company co-founder Lance Roger Axt plans to donate over 1,000 comic books from his personal collection to Operation Comix Relief, which sends care packages of comic books to our men and women fighting for our country overseas, if the initial goal of $1,250.00 is met.” Though we are hoping for 200% or even 300% funded by the 23rd. The more backers we get, the better the experience because we’ll have more money to throw at it.
Remember: the Titanium Rain audio campaign will go live on Kickstarter.com Monday, September 23, 2011!
August 23, 2011 Comments Off
As John Lennon said, “life is what happens when you’re making other plans.” I haven’t posted as of late as there have been many events occuring professionally and personally, not to mention many interesting and cool connections made that we are slowly fostering, scripts being written and re-written, recording dates coming together (and there are those comic and TV pilot scripts I have to get back to); suffice to say there’s a lot to come, but a few things worth mentioning now:
First of all, a Titanium Rain update:
We’re now two weeks left of our Titanium Rain campaign at IndieGoGo: http://igg.me/p/34718?a=159692&i=shlk. There is the possibility that we may continue the campaign on IndieGoGo or Kickstarter (all will made clear as to why later), but for now we’re still hoping to hit a high mark before the 5th of September. Further, for every $1,000 we raise I’m sending 100 comics from my personal collection overseas, and I’m sure there are some soldiers who would dig some issues of Captain America and Flash, and we’re getting close to hitting the first 1K mark. Earlier today, Josh Finney had a great idea which he tweeted to his followers: the next person to make a donation of any amount would have an original character named after him or her in the audio script. That honor is going to David Hammond in the UK, who for his $25 donation will have a Navy SEAL character named for him in the audio play. With lines! This is why I dig working with Josh Finney: he’s always thinking outside of the box.
Second, a piece of National Audio Theatre Festivals news: I’m pleased to announce the Audio Art of Animation weekend workshop in Los Angeles, CA October 21 through 23, 2011.
Over the last five years, the NATF’s Tony Hawkins Advanced Workshops have focused on a variety of specified subjects related to audio theatre, from direction to editing; this year we focus on the voice, and the voice in regards to the world of… cartoon voice-over in the heart of the animation industry, Hollywood.
In the Audio Art of Animation you will learn to feed off other actors, understand continuity of scenes versus lines, and the “do’s and don’ts” of the animation (and video game) business. In addition to an evening session on the 21st, the 22nd will take us to Blague Communications Studios for a mock directing session. And the 23rd will offer a Q&A with one of the industry’s best and brightest voices (TBA) who will offer tips and opinions about “breaking in” to the business.
The weekend will be supervised by Executive Director Andrew Davis, Vice President Lance Roger Axt, and teacher/actor Lucien Dodge. Lucien’s credits include numerous roles for Pokemon and Secret Saturdays for the Cartoon Network, as well as various video games, audio books, and commercials; he is also the voice of “Nello,” the star of an interactive ride at the Ferrari World theme park in Abu Dhabi.
Our comics connection: the guest director for our session at Blague Communications is Mark Evanier, producer and director of The Garfield Show, as well as a 40+ year veteran of the television and animation world, who has worked with such voice-over legends as Stan Freberg, June Foray, Chuck McCann, and the late, great Lorenzo Music. Moreover, he was assistant to the King himself, Jack Kirby, and is one of the country’s leading Kirby and comics historians, not to mention the writer of numerous books from Groo the Wanderer to Blackhawk to Crossfire and DNAgents.
Registration will be limited to 12 participants, first-come first-served, with a registration link available this Saturday, August 27, when we go live on RegOnline.com. The cost for the Workshop is $400 and $240 without hotel room (lunch on the 22nd is included with your registration costs). I hope to see some of you in Hollywood for this fun and informative weekend! Further information on the Audio Art of Animation Workshop can be obtained by contacting the event producer Lance Roger Axt (me) via: email@example.com.
July 28, 2011 Comments Off
Yes, we have recording dates! July 31 and August 7 at Mind’s Eye Productions! Photos to come.
And as always, our Titanium Rain campaign continues at: http://www.indiegogo.com/Titanium-Rain-The-Audio-Drama