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KAMIKAZE
Kamikaze is an animated sci-fi drama set in a desolate world where food is more precious than gold. We're working to get it produced and you can help!

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    The LEO’s of House Cornerstone - All perished February 17th, 2229

Nikolas Cornerstone
Despite his lofty birth as the heir to a High House, Nikolas always had a soft spot for those beyond Trinitys’ walls. The destitution of Outer Trinity has always been a humanitarian concern to Inner Trinity, but Nikolas was the first to make an effective impact. His unbridled enthusiasm paired well with Portia’s intense focus, and together they became Trinity’s most influential LEO’s.
Leader of Cornerstones’ technology division, Nikolas had the power to provide technology, training, and jobs to the people of Outer Trinity. Though his reforms were often merely causing dependence, Nikolas truly believed he was promoting positive change. His idealistic vision for Outer Trinity was cut short at his death during the fall of Cornerstone.
Portia Cornerstone
Growing up in a House that specialized in security and secrets, Portia always trusted her observation skills over popular gossip. Through the years she developed a keen ability to harvest and weave the web of information around her. Cornerstone’s growing relationship with Outer Trinity cast a wider net of data, and Portia used it in an effort to make the city safer for everyone. 
As head of Cornerstones’ security division, Portia spearheaded the expansion of H.I.V.E.S. technology and the freelance hacker trade. It was often said throughout the city: “The only place there are no secrets is the Cornerstone bedroom.”  Fortunately for some, those secrets died with Portia.

Bianca Cornerstone (pictured, age 9)
Hailed as the promise of Cornerstone,  the loss of Bianca is keenly felt throughout Trinity. Bianca had her fathers idealism, her mothers insight, and the energy to sustain the pace of LEO life. With her parents running Cornerstone, Bianca had a lot of free time and a habit of finding creative ways to get in trouble. Often Nikolas and Portia would find her dragged into their presence by the hands of security staff.
In a vain effort to curb her rowdiness, Nikolas and Portia imposed a grueling agenda of education, LEO training, and gymnastics. The loss of Cornerstones’ young heiress, and that her body was never found, sparked heated debate about the violence of Cornerstones’ overthrow. One thing everyone can agree on: one day, someone is going to find a grisly scene hidden in Cornerstone Keep.

    The LEO’s of House Cornerstone - All perished February 17th, 2229

    Nikolas Cornerstone

    Despite his lofty birth as the heir to a High House, Nikolas always had a soft spot for those beyond Trinitys’ walls. The destitution of Outer Trinity has always been a humanitarian concern to Inner Trinity, but Nikolas was the first to make an effective impact. His unbridled enthusiasm paired well with Portia’s intense focus, and together they became Trinity’s most influential LEO’s.

    Leader of Cornerstones’ technology division, Nikolas had the power to provide technology, training, and jobs to the people of Outer Trinity. Though his reforms were often merely causing dependence, Nikolas truly believed he was promoting positive change. His idealistic vision for Outer Trinity was cut short at his death during the fall of Cornerstone.

    Portia Cornerstone

    Growing up in a House that specialized in security and secrets, Portia always trusted her observation skills over popular gossip. Through the years she developed a keen ability to harvest and weave the web of information around her. Cornerstone’s growing relationship with Outer Trinity cast a wider net of data, and Portia used it in an effort to make the city safer for everyone.

    As head of Cornerstones’ security division, Portia spearheaded the expansion of H.I.V.E.S. technology and the freelance hacker trade. It was often said throughout the city: “The only place there are no secrets is the Cornerstone bedroom.”  Fortunately for some, those secrets died with Portia.

    Bianca Cornerstone (pictured, age 9)

    Hailed as the promise of Cornerstone,  the loss of Bianca is keenly felt throughout Trinity. Bianca had her fathers idealism, her mothers insight, and the energy to sustain the pace of LEO life. With her parents running Cornerstone, Bianca had a lot of free time and a habit of finding creative ways to get in trouble. Often Nikolas and Portia would find her dragged into their presence by the hands of security staff.

    In a vain effort to curb her rowdiness, Nikolas and Portia imposed a grueling agenda of education, LEO training, and gymnastics. The loss of Cornerstones’ young heiress, and that her body was never found, sparked heated debate about the violence of Cornerstones’ overthrow. One thing everyone can agree on: one day, someone is going to find a grisly scene hidden in Cornerstone Keep.

    Why are you making Kamikaze a webcomic? Are you giving up on animation?

    The TV industry is largely structured around telling new creators “No.” When Kim Possible was being vetted for Disney, executives took the creators on a three time nationwide screening because they weren’t confident the series would do well. They were looking for an excuse to say no, and this was with incredibly talented and established creators in the animation field. The creators of Kim Possible had to go through that roller coaster in 2001. Since then, it’s only gotten worse.

    We don’t think it’s fair for you, our audience, or us as creators to wait around for someone to give us permission to tell the story.

    Does that mean we haven’t pitched the series? No.

    So the executives didn’t like the idea? Absolutely not. Just about every executive we pitched to adored the story, characters and world. No one turned us away and many were shocked we didn’t enter the pitch competition.


    The problem we kept running into was that Kamikaze isn’t for kids, and more importantly we didn’t have an established audience (aka fanbase). Executives knew their corporations wouldn’t go for such a ‘risky’ idea.

    Does that mean we’re giving up on animation? Nope! The goal is still to get Kamikaze made into an animated series. 
    Our hope is that through the webcomic we can build an army of people as passionate about Kamikaze as we are. This is only the beginning.

    As a token of gratitude to our amazing fans, we decided to make this announcement earlier than planned. We’re thrilled to say Kamikaze is coming to you first as a webcomic! On Friday, July 25th we’re kicking things off with 24 action-packed pages. With a new update every Wednesday, the comic will follow the vision and story of the animated series as we build towards getting the show on air!WE ARE SO EXCITED TO GET THIS OUT YOU GUYS!! Another week is gonna be torture…

    As a token of gratitude to our amazing fans, we decided to make this announcement earlier than planned. We’re thrilled to say Kamikaze is coming to you first as a webcomic! On Friday, July 25th we’re kicking things off with 24 action-packed pages. With a new update every Wednesday, the comic will follow the vision and story of the animated series as we build towards getting the show on air!

    WE ARE SO EXCITED TO GET THIS OUT YOU GUYS!! Another week is gonna be torture…

    High House Cornerstone - Liquidated February 17th, 2229 

    Age: 37 years
    Colors: Green and Gold
    Motto: The Foundation for Tomorrow
    LEO: Nikolas and Portia Cornerstone

    Once one of the most stalwart Houses in Trinity, High House Cornerstone now stands empty, silent and dark amid the glow of Inner Trinity. Specializing in the equally mysterious arts of computer technology and spy-craft, Cornerstone is surrounded in death by as many secrets as it was in life. 

    In its prime, Cornerstone was celebrated for its seemingly magical ability to simultaneously bring stability and prosperity both inside and outside the wall. Keen investments in Outer Trinity by Cornerstone led to an improvement in living conditions for those outside the wall. This controversial strategy allowed Cornerstone to capitalize on the wealth of knowledge and labor beyond the wall to further solidify their power within Inner Trinity.

    The House was also unusual due to its leadership: A coequal sharing of the LEO title between the power couple Nikolas and Portia Cornerstone. Betrothed to each other since childhood, the two represented the union of a dying High House and a up-and-coming Lesser House. Together they sired an heiress, Bianca, and ruled their growing empire to until its unanticipated downfall.

    On a cold morning in February, Cornerstone unexpectedly sent its forces sweeping through the city without approval from the Trinity Council. House Pierce was elected to enforce the will of the Council, demanding a recall of Cornerstones troops. What happened next is hotly contested, but in the end Cornerstone was violently dissolved and subsequently liquidated. None within House Cornerstone survived the dissolution.

    The third seat of the Council remains empty, as Heritage and Pierce bicker over a successor. Meanwhile House Cornerstone stands vacant, save for shadows and secrets



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    We’re kind of in love with the new Batgirl redesign, and by kind of excited we mean flailing like a happy squid. ZIPPER POCKETS YOU GUYS!!!

    The LEO of House Pierce Logan Pierce Known as the Sword of Trinity, House Pierce LEO, Logan will cut down anything that threatens the Inner City. A political prodigy groomed from an early age, Logan took power over House Pierce at the age of 16, allowing his parents to step aside and do what they do best - make weapons. Left to run the House, many thought the boy LEO would be Pierce’s downfall. Logan proved them all wrong, and Pierce became a governing High House just 9 years later. 
Given his political savvy, aggressive methods and seemingly limitless resources, he’s proven to be a thorny pain in House Heritage’s side. Doing his best work on his own, Logan finds the collaborative nature of High House governing cumbersome an dull. He’s never really played well with others. Always looking for the upper hand Logan lives by three simple rules: 1. Take what you can2. Never stop climbing3. Play to win

    The LEO of House Pierce 

    Logan Pierce 

    Known as the Sword of Trinity, House Pierce LEO, Logan will cut down anything that threatens the Inner City. A political prodigy groomed from an early age, Logan took power over House Pierce at the age of 16, allowing his parents to step aside and do what they do best - make weapons. Left to run the House, many thought the boy LEO would be Pierce’s downfall. Logan proved them all wrong, and Pierce became a governing High House just 9 years later. 

    Given his political savvy, aggressive methods and seemingly limitless resources, he’s proven to be a thorny pain in House Heritage’s side. Doing his best work on his own, Logan finds the collaborative nature of High House governing cumbersome an dull. He’s never really played well with others. Always looking for the upper hand Logan lives by three simple rules:
    1. Take what you can
    2. Never stop climbing
    3. Play to win

    Running An Independent Animation Studio

    echobridge:

    Operating a studio is just like any other business.  There’s a lot of moving parts that all compete for your attention.  From Legal issues to Production problems, you’ll often find yourself handling more phone calls and emails than you do actually animating. 

    Here’s just some of the things I do as the owner of the studio:

    Marketing

    • Writing copy, articles, and press releases for our productions and blog
    • Tweeting events, promotions and activities of the studio
    • Maintaining our Facebook Page and sharing as much content as we can with our fans
    • Finding ways to continue to further our audience reach
    • Attending PR events such as speaking engagements, college portfolio reviews and answering interviews
    • Community building - creating events within the local community to promote the arts and animation and build brand awareness
    • Preparing packages for film festivals
    • Designing and coding our website (from scratch)

    Business Management

    • Searching for new business for the studio
    • Reaching back to past clients to continue building relationships
    • Looking over quarterly budgets and expenses to make sure the studio is continuing to stay healthy and profitable
    • Reviewing accounts receivables and payables with our accountant to make sure everyone and everything is where they should be
    • Creating budget proposals for new business and/or studio projects
    • Reading through submitted scripts or storyboards from possible clients
    • Filling in Tax Credit forms for productions
    • Scheduling meetings and calls
    • Always looking to improve the over all way the studio operates and ensuring that everyone is comfortable and happy
    • Looking at other studios to see what our “competition” is up too
    • Reading up on management systems and ideas
    • Negotiating with vendors 
    • Handling HR duties
    • Finding ways for the studio to create more revenue
    • Creating incentive programs for the studio
    • Traveling to LA, NYC, Boston and Canada to meet with new and old clients
    • Maintaining client happiness
    • Following up on leads
    • Maintaining growth 

    Production

    • Reviewing submitted work from artists and animators
    • Developing new productions to produce in-house
    • Storyboarding and designing characters for new client projects
    • Mentoring interns and the crew
    • Reviewing submitted portfolios and demo reels from applicants
    • Animating a shot or two 
    • Doing revisions on our short film
    • Post Production Duties
    • Maintaining our server archives
    • Creating production plans, schedules and deliverables 

    Studio Management

    • Collecting and sending out invoices
    • Fixing furniture and workstations
    • Paying bills and rent
    • Watering the plants
    • Washing dishes, taking out the trash, sweeping and mopping the floors, cleaning up desks and making sure we have a comfy and clean place to work in

    Even with help, sometimes the amount of work that you do on the day-to-day, can seem mountainous.

    I’m up at 6am daily.  Hit the gym to relieve that stress and start the process all over again.

    Back to work.

    Written by Esteban

    Our good buddy Esteban over at Echo Bridge Productions gives a great run down of just how much work animation involves! Running a business in animation is no joke. When you’re starting out there is no janitor either, YOU are the janitor. 

    That awesome moment when Gail Simone follows you on Twitter. /carrie

    That awesome moment when Gail Simone follows you on Twitter. /carrie

    Because robots are such a bit part of sci-fi, it’s not really surprising that the Kamikaze team really loves them. A lot of the technology we feature in Kamikaze has a basis in real world robotics. The OutRunner is no exception.

    The OutRunner is a seriously cool robot that’s managed to run up to 45mph with no problem. It’s a simple and awesome robot that actually works. Check it out!