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Kickstart My Art | Help animate Atomic Robo

An animated version of Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener’s Atomic Robo, subtitled “Last Stop,” went into production some time ago. Now The Fictory, the animation studio that’s been working on it, needs about $12,000 to finish it.

“The Fictory, a small animation studio, is running a Kickstarter to raise funds that would allow them to complete work on a short Atomic Robo animated film,” Wegener told us over email. “No one involved is actually getting anything out of this. This is a total labor of love. But love needs to pay the electricity bill and eat every now and
again. Hence the Kickstarter.”

The project page has a list of all the rewards they’re offering, including DVDs of the project once it is completed, T-shirts, art books and animation cels, among others. Check out the trailer for the project after the jump.



Over halfway there already. For Science!

SWEET! The new trailer on the kickstarter film looks even more polished!!

Am I the only one who is just baffled by these seemingly endless Kickstarter fundraisers? It’s difficult to articulate anything really “wrong” with the phenomenon, but I am just left scratching my head all the same.

I’m 33 years old, and I’m just curious at this point: does anyone else have this same reaction, or am I just that completely out of step with the times?

What exactly baffles you about them, Wraith?

Oh man, this ought to be a hoot! I just read volume 1 for the first time, and man it was funny! I think this would make a great animated series, and there’s only one voice actor who could do Robo justice: Dee Bradley Baker doing his voice for the Battle Droids in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Wraith -Nope, I feel exactly the same way. I’m older than you, and I know exactly what you are talking about. The Kickstarter phenomena is an odd, but exciting, one. Its not *wrong*, but it is weird.

We have been well programmed to accept being told what we want to spend out money on even when we think we have choices. But at the end of the day, the market is full of products that some corporate marketing squad decided was a safe choice because it’s only slightly different from a bunch of previously successful products.

Kickstarter allows us to bypass the old pre-Internet modes of operation and directly crowd-source the financing of a project. It is the ultimate in grassroots, baby. :) If a project lacks merit, (in the eyes of the consumers), then it won’t get funded.

Google the recent Double-Fine Adventure Kickstarter to REALLY see how amazing this can be. I think they needed $150,000 to make a video game, and they are past the $2M mark in donations at this point.

Thank you. :) Such a relief.

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