Messages From The Commander
… then I fell down and ended up getting my arm put in a SPLINT for 3 days. Went to Urgent Care this afternoon, and they sent me in for X-Rays and all that good stuff. Nothing broken, but given the object I tripped on was CLEARLY PAINTED YELLOW by the fucking city, I can’t sue, even though it was poorly made and stuck up way too high above the sidewalk. So, I get fucked, it will cost me AT LEAST a $600 deductible (it’s annual, so if I nearly fucking DIE again, I won’t have to pay it twice…) and I get no justice. Today is “fuck America” day. But don’t worry. Tomorrow, I will be a Patriot again. I’m just angry as fuck right now. And in a LOT of pain.
So, on the Moonhawk Studios Presents podcast, I have explained that going forward, Starship Moonhawk will be seeking funding in a multitude of ways. First, you may already know about: Patreon. Through the Patreon page, we have a limited cashflow which is intended to revive the comic and bring it back to the Net. That won’t change much, however, since the money is going to me anyway (Keith is now producer/director on the films and will not have time to work the comic), I will be re-directing it into the various movie and video projects we have coming up instead.
For the movie itself, we plan to use either Kickstarter or IndieGoGo to collect a fixed amount of money to make the film. (whichever service makes more sense.) So, I don’t want anyone feeling like we are planning to “double dip”. I made that mistake once before, and I won’t do it again. So, just to be clear: the Patreon’s primary function is to get the WEBCOMIC back in order (it’s governed under my PUBLISHING label), while the IGG/Kickstarter campaign is all about making the movie, 100%. (The movie will be made under my production company, as will all subsequent video projects.) To recap: the two funding engines will be focusing on different aspects of the operation here. Not to say there won’t be crossover on the rewards, but the INTENT is to cover two different projects with different methods. So I hope nobody is confused by this.
Lastly, I will be opening up shop on DriveThru Comics to sell some of the existing works of the series to try and drum up additional revenue. I haven’t forgotten about the digital/print editions of the new-and-improved “The Death of Perseus”, the basis for our first short film. That should be available via CreateSpace before you know it.
Anyway, that’s a more complete, but not entirely exhaustive list of ways you can support any of the three parts of the Starship Moonhawk continuum. Obviously, we still have the old donations page up, and we are not ashamed to give you sexy pinups for straight up donations. Every, single, dollar counts.
As if the big movie announcement wasn’t great enough, we are here to tell you that BEFORE the launch of our Magnum Opus on the “Big Screen”, there will be an ultra-small screen release right here on the Official Website! That’s right, folks: “The Death of Perseus” will be a short film rather than an audiobook. Keith Wood and I are finishing the process off in Anime Studio and will have it out hopefully by Summer of this year. Here’s the synopsis:
“The Moonhawk receives what appears to be a distress call from a remote planet in an unstable star system. When they arrive, they discover that the planet is breaking apart and will destroy itself in a matter of hours. With no time to spare, Commodore Cobalt sends Sorthac and Lt. Commander Harrison with a small team in a shuttle to see if there is anyone to actually rescue. What they find on the surface is more than they bargained for: The Fezzini Federation has an outpost they are attempting to evacuate and our crew gets a fiery welcome that strands them on the planet. As the clock starts to run out, Sorthac and Harrison must engineer a daring escape while Cobalt and the Moonhawk try and figure out a way to assist them, lest they all become victims of ‘the Death of Perseus’.”
Set for Summer 2016 release.