After barely ten days of campaigning, the community has strongly backed the initiative to save the lost production materials of Wing Commander Academy! The $9800 raised will go to acquire 30 boxes of art and other resources created during production that were recently uncovered after years in storage. As a wonderful bonus at the end, the dealer that owns the material has found a 31st box that they will include in the lot for free! Check out an excited thank you video from LOAF and Ali here. Upon crossing the finish line, the campaign was locked so that no funds will go to anything but this specific project. If you missed out, but still want to contribute to a worthy cause, the second Wing Commander album still needs help! Looking forward to the future, plans are now being firmed up to go and transport the shipment to LOAF's place so it can be fully digitized, organized and posted online. If you'd like a taste now, check out the nifty 240-page storyboard of the episode 'Recreation' (258 megabyte PDF, so download rather than click!) and get ready for much, much more!
Of course the big news is…. WE DID IT! The campaign has passed $9,000, which means that we will preserve all thirty boxes! The remaining $800 covers GoFundMe’s fees and the credit card processing [now achieved!]. Once we hit that, I will lock the whole thing to stop folks from sending money that wouldn’t go to the animation sale. No surprise stretch goals here! :)
As I write this, at 4 AM on a Tuesday, I can’t quite hit upon the words to thank you all. The list of donors is incredible, and I want to hug each and everyone one of you… I see co-workers, old friends, complete strangers… a community. Thank you for supporting my passion.
I love you all, and am so excited to get started on the FUN part of this adventure. Which we will, of course, also be sharing with you! I have learned that there is nothing more satisfying than being known for what you love; thank you all for letting me do something I love that I could never have made happen otherwise.
I’ve started the arrangements for the great box pickup, which currently looks to be scheduled for the weekend of November 5th. We are going to either rent a small truck or head out convoy style… and we’ll Periscope through that process when it happens! I’ll update with more details once times and locations are locked down, in case anyone in the area wants to come along.
Watch Hamill Receive His Star
As we reported last month, Wing Commander hero and prominent voice actor Mark Hamill recently received his star on the Hollywood walk of fame. George Lucas and Harrison Ford also helped present the honor, so it looks like it was quite an event! Check out the fun below:Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker from 'Star War' received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (2018-03-23)
Upper Memory Block Walks Down Memory Lane
The Upper Memory Block podcast has kicked off a fun play-through of Wing Commander 2. Game streaming is a common pastime this days and there are lots of folks out there recording their Wing Commander sessions, so we don't highlight them all. But UMB is a big fan of the Wing Commander series, and they have a lot of similar contemporary interests to Wingnuts. (2018-03-22)
Homeworld Mod Deploys Black Lance
It's a big week for the Homeworld Remastered Mod! Their long-awaited Black Lance upgrade has now been released. Fans can grab it at either the Steam Workshop or ModDB, but users with a current copy will get the update automatically. (2018-03-21)
New WC Toolbox Expands WC2 Campaign Support
The WC Toolbox has gotten smarter with another new update. Version 4.2. (2018-03-20)
Kilrathi Fleet Gets Large Scale LLOD Upgrades
A couple of monster models have made their way into the Last Line of Defense project. Using some newly discovered information, Deathsnake has scaled up his fearsome Rigakh cruiser. Fairly credible stats imply it's even larger than the Confederation class dreadnought! (2018-03-19)