Official announcement time!
Over the last 8 months or so, Nathan and I entertained the idea of moving Washington. I’m here to finally announce that it’s actually happening! For the month of June I will be living in my childhood home in Connecticut and then at the end of June we will be relocating to Bainbridge Island, WA.
This is huge change in our lives and you may be asking, why such a far relocation? Don’t get me wrong, I love New England! I have no intention of leaving and never coming back. The fact of the matter is, an opportunity has been presented to us and we’re going to take a shot and see where it takes us.
Honey Toad Studio [ http://www.honeytoad.com/ ] is located in Winslow on Bainbridge Island, which is a 20 min ferry ride off downtown Seattle. It’s a beautiful area with a lovely downtown and an easy commute into the city. Owned by our friend Elizabeth Ellis, Honey Toad is currently airing the second season of its web series Wrecked [http://www.wreckedtheseries.com/], which has been positively received and had a successful kickstarter to start season 2. While enjoying creating the show, Liz also had dreamed of starting a small studio incubator for digital arts in a great space she had access to. I was thrilled that Nathan and I were some of the first who were considered to be a part of it (Nathan is a game designer and programmer) when it became a real possibility. So with a group of animators, illustrators, cinematographers, and others that work in a digital medium, we will be working on our own projects as well as collectively as a group.
As previously stated, I have no intentions of leaving the East coast and never coming back, but we also are not heading out that way with the idea of going back soon. We’re going to go and experience life and see what it throws at us. I’m excited to work not only with others, but work on my own projects and use the experience of these artists to take my work to a whole new level. I’m excited to live on a different coast and experience the other side of the country and do some traveling too! Overall, I am very bummed out to leave my family and friends on the east coast, but I hope to be successful enough to see them as often as I can, and for them to visit us. Everyone in my life has been so supportive of our decision and I couldn’t ask for better friends and family. So to anyone on the West Coast, hope to see you soon! To all my friends on the eastern side, when are you coming to visit?
This gifset is a bit misleading. It doesn’t mention the part where he said he came to really appreciate the original series as an adult and has since watched all of the episodes. The writers he worked with are huge Star Trek fans. His philosophy was to try and make the movie accessible to everyone while still acknowledging the die hard fans. Whether he succeeded is a subjective opinion that you all can make on your own, but I think some folks are being unreasonable by judging him for the opinions of his youth. While I was a huge TNG fan as a kid, I also found the original series hard to watch until later in life.
I have seen every single episode and movie of every Star Trek series ever made. I think the reboot was amazing and will bring a lot of new fans to the source material. Movies are supposed to be more spectacle and TV shows usually delve deeper into philosophy. I guess I’m hoping the success of the movies may lead to more television series so we can have the best of both worlds.
Reblobbing this response because…
if you want art made be the biggest fan possible, go read fan fic. Go watch fan films. Better yet, if you want to watch the film that you really want to watch, go make it yourself.
You do not need to be a life-long, die hard, live, breathe, eat, sleep, cry, and bleed fan of something—in this case Star Trek—to adapt it well. In fact, I think in some cases, this is detrimental to making the best possible piece of art.
If George Lucas had walked away from Star Wars after the first 2.5 movies and left it in the hands of people who fully understood why it was loved at least as well as Lucas understood the stories and Universe from the inside, today we’d likely have earnest arguments over which trilogy is better—the original or the prequel.
He didn’t. I don’t blame him for that and I also don’t blame him for all the ways the prequels felt like a let down at times. He was too deep inside of it to properly analyze what made Star Wars Star Wars. Sometimes, it’s very important to have outside input.
The Star Trek reboot could have been better and could have been a bit more sensitive to the originals (particularly in the alien races depicted as background / featureds), but it was one of the best sci-fi/action films I’ve seen in long time.
We’ve hit NINE stretch goals so far…
…and are on the cusp of achieving the tenth! These stretch goals have added rewards and extra value to nearly every backer tier, improved the quality of the book, and increased the amount of content everyone will be able to read at the launch of the comic.
The comic itself has been funded for at least one year!
Because it has been so incredibly successful, I will actually be able to quit relying on commissions as my sole source of income and focus on the comic full-time for at least one year. It also means offering more cool products without worrying about the upfront cost, and attending more conventions to meet you guys!
Can’t use Kickstarter? You haven’t missed out!
I have a PayPal-friendly shop set up and ready to launch as soon as the Kickstarter campaign has run its course. On Saturday evening at 7:05pm EST, I’ll put up a link to the shop, where you will be able to pledge for reward tiers $100 and under until Sunday, May 19th, at 11:59pm EST.
Pledges taken through the PayPal shop will also contribute to the stretch goal progress, so the project still has room to grow after the campaign has come to a close.
If you’ve already pledged or spread the word…
Thank you so much! It’s because of you the project has become such a great success. And if you haven’t, check out the campaign page to learn more about The Cloud Factory, and what I can give you in return for your support :>
These two gifs appear next to each other in my folder, and it gets my shit every single time I go in there.