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How Stephen Fry is helping one Welsh entrepreneur launch a ‘Supertoy’ in time for Christmas

How Stephen Fry is helping one Welsh entrepreneur launch a ‘Supertoy’ in time for Christmas

Ashley Conlan was given £5,000 by Fry after he emailed the actor, comedian and broadcaster to enquire if he would be the voice of the “Supertoy” teddy. An entrepreneur from Wales hopes to produce the world’s first “natural talking” teddy bear by Christmas – after securing funding thanks to a tweet from Stephen Fry. Ashley Conlan, 47, was given £5,000 by Fry earlier this week after he emailed the actor, comedian and broadcaster to enquire if he would be the voice of the “Supertoy” teddy. Fry’s resultant tweet about the project to his six million-strong following on Twitter means Mr Conlan has since generated huge interest…

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American McGee’s Alice Short Films Funded by Kickstarter

American McGee’s Alice Short Films Funded by Kickstarter

A feature film based on Alice will also be explored thanks to the success. A Kickstarter seeking funding for a short film based on American McGee’s Alice called Alice: Otherlands has concluded, with the $200,000 goal being surpassed in the final 24 hours. Just over $222,000 was raised during the three-week crowdfunding campaign. With the money, American McGee’s company, Spicy Horse, will be able to obtain the film rights to Alice and arrange for a series of short films, among other things, to be created. “[T]he funding will allow us to create a series of animated short films, pursue larger animated series possibilities, begin development work on a…

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Beyond Kickstarter: Three game devs who crowdfunded on their own

Beyond Kickstarter: Three game devs who crowdfunded on their own

Kickstarter is a big deal for video games. It allows studios to float a concept or prototype directly with fans (and potential future fans), assess whether or not people are willing to pay money for such a project, and bypass publishers all the while. But there are possibilities for crowdfunding outside of platforms such as Kickstarter, too. Numerous studios are having a crack at their own crowdfunding initiatives, ditching Kickstarter in favor of going it alone. With Kickstarter’s architecture already in place, ready and willing to display your funding project, and tested to within an inch of its life by all walks of video games, why…

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A rare look into crowdfunding in Japan: Interview with video game – Monken – creators

A rare look into crowdfunding in Japan: Interview with video game – Monken – creators

Original Article/Interview from IndieGames: Team Grand Slam, a collection of veteran Japanese developers behind the upcoming free-to-play Monken, recently ran a successful crowdfunding campaign on a Japanese platform called Campfire. They raised just under ¥2.5 million ($25,000 USD) for the development of a game they plan to release under a Creative Commons license. That may not seem like much money compared to the amounts raised by developers like Double Fine and Obsidian, but it’s the largest amount raised for a game on this Japanese crowdfunding site to date. We mentioned this back in March, but Monken is an upcoming free-to-play game in which the player is fighting terrorists – with a crane. Inspired…

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Prominent British Author Alan Moore: The revolution will be crowd-funded

Prominent British Author Alan Moore: The revolution will be crowd-funded

The “Watchmen” creator talks about his new Kickstarter-funded film series, zombies and the surveillance state “I’m remote from most technology to the point that I’m kind of Amish,” admits the legendarily bearded author without an Internet connection, mobile phone or even a functioning television. But Alan Moore — the soft-spoken sage behind prescient comics like “V for Vendetta,” “From Hell,” “Watchmen” and many more — nevertheless does have a Kickstarter project up for procuring finishing funds for his short-film series, “Jimmy’s End.” It’s his second trip through the crowd-funding concept, having previously signed up alongside “V for Vendetta” artist David Lloyd, “Maus’s” Art Spiegelman and scores of other talents…

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