HAVE YOURSELVES A
LITTLE BILLY CHRISTMAS
Merry Christmas, everyone, and welcome to the most jam-packed EVER, 2012 Finale Issue of the Chance Raspberry Newsletter!! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for continuing to read and share these posts. I'm very grateful for all of you. On that note, this issue marks a major milestone: The CR Newsletter now has OVER 1,000 readers and counting thanks to pros, fans, and supporters like you!
Promote your art, project, or campaign to us for only $75/Issue ($50 if purchased by Dec 31, 2012.) WE are your audience!!! Merry Christmas and keep reading for the final word on the funding of Little Billy, my NEW 80's jam "Friends", The Corner Booth (A Hangout for Animation Fans), The Art of Red Moon Dragon, Scout Raskin's Easter vs. Santa, and The Kickstarter Kraze (Promoting YOUR Campaign HERE!)
After months of prep and 30 days of amazing pledges, promotions, and help from YOU, my Little Billy Kickstarter campaign successfully raised $31,491 to fund the Little Billy Vol. 1 "Special Ed"ition Pilot and DVD/Blu-Ray! What an amazing feeling and accomplishment this has been (and continues to be), and I know I couldn't have done it without all of you!! THANK YOU!!!
To find out what's next for Little Billy, check out the official Thank You video and all-new Little Billy Website above, where you can revisit the entire campaign via the Videos page, stay current on the latest updates in the News section, and of course, continue PLEDGING safely and securely with our good friend, PayPal. Thank you all so much for helping me take Little Billy to the next level! Stay tooned for Phase 2...COMING SOON!!!
DOWNLOAD MY NEW 80's MP3 FOR FREE
Speaking of phases, your Little Billy Kickstarter Rewards are in the process of entering production! Among these is my upcoming CD "Old Souls...Young Hearts". In preparation for this release, and as another way of saying Thank You, I've produced a special cover track that will NOT be on the album called "Friends", which is just what I consider all of you guys!
Originally performed by metal martial artists, Dragon Sound, from the 80's cult classic, Miami Connection (WATCH THE TRAILER), the message, feel, and heart of this song are exactly what Little Billy is all about. Listen to the full cut on the new Little Billy homepage (BOTTOM RIGHT), own it Lossless for just $1 @ BandCamp.com to further support Little Billy, OR download the 320k MP3 for FREE, now through Dec 31, 2012 by clicking the banner above!
(Dudes & Dudettes I Know That Maybe You Should, Too!)
ENTER THE WORLD OF RED MOON DRAGON
It is my pleasure to feature this young, aspiring, and very talented teen as this year's finale AOTM. Her name is Brittany Barrera, but you may know her best as Deviant Art's Red Moon Dragon, creator of the epic web comic, Skies Aflame! I met Brittany at the Burbank Public Library's 2010 Anime Fest. In addition to showing much love and passion for animated content, as well as the craft itself, she also expressed a rare level of enthusiasm and ambition, which has since driven her onward to establish her brand online.
We can all learn from this now-essential approach to self-marketing, and I think her work speaks for itself. Thank you for sharing your gift and great art with us, Brittany (and for featuring Little Billy on your sites!) I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say keep up the outstanding work.
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Here are a couple things we can look forward to as 2012 becomes 2013 (aside from Hoverboards and flying cars being only 2 years away!) ;) A couple animation colleagues and I will be testing out an idea we like to call The Corner Booth: A creative, public hangout for fans, neeks (that's a nerd-geek), and lovers of ALL things animation.
Join me and my pals Larry Whitaker (Tiny Toons) and Luis Escobar (The Simpsons) for an hour or two of fun, casual conversation featuring firsthand, behind-the-scenes stories from inside your favorite animated productions, tips on how to break into (and stay in) the animation industry, ways to improve your art or portfolio, and so much more! Every meetup will have a different theme, and be recorded and published as a podcast. CLICK HERE TO WATCH OUR DEBUT VIDEO, LEARN MORE, & JOIN US!
With the growing success and popularity of crowdfunding, I've decided to feature 1-3 new campaigns in select issues of the CR Newsletter. To share your project with my audience of over 1,000 creators and fans, simply Opt In by making a one-time-per-issue $25 donation to Little Billy ($15 if made before Dec 31, 2012), then email me @ CHANCERASPBERRY@HOTMAIL.COM with your Kickstarter link and your project will be featured on a first-come-first-serve basis. Welcome to the debut of The Kickstarter Kraze!
Campaign #1: Cereal Geek Issue #2 - Everything you love(d) about your 1980's childhood...in ONE magazine!
Campaign #2: Bill Plympton's "CHEATIN" - The king of Indie Animation presents his 7th feature film with an ALL-NEW color process!
Campaign #3: Brushstrokes In Hollywood - A feature length documentary about Disney legend, Tyrus Wong!
WATCH SCOUT RASKIN'S "EASTER VS. SANTA" HERE!
And finally, speaking of Kickstarter and Christmas (drumroll, please) it is with great pleasure and terror that I present Easter vs. Santa, the latest twisted toon by fellow Kickstarter, Scout Raskin! Scout is one of the few filmmakers (and ONLY producer) I've met with a true passion for and understanding of 1920's animation. Inspired mainly by cartoon master and pioneer, Max Fleischer, her desire to revisit and accurately recreate the look, feel, and style of the Pre-Golden-Age is always abundant and successfully present in her films.
In the true spirit of that era, this short is targeted at adults, so all you parents may want to check it out first before plopping Timmy and Tammy in front of it with their santa hats and cookies! ;) Keep an eye out in 2013 for Scout's upcoming release Bakerman And The Bunnymen. Congrats and thanks for sharing another awesome cartoon with us, Scout! On behalf of everyone here at the CR Newsletter, keep 'em coming!!
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AND THAT'S A WRAP!!!
What a great end to a crazy year, everyone! It's been a wild ride and I know some of us had our ups and downs (myself included), but we're all in this together and the clean slate is just around the corner. No matter who you are or where you're at, HANG IN THERE!! God is very much alive in this world...why not invite Him into ours? Let's keep that in our hearts and minds as we move forward, enjoy the holidays, and remember the true reason for this season. Have a berry Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, guys!! =D May God give you what you need and Santa bring you what you want. Catch you all in 2013!
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