Cocytus in LucasArts’ The Dig features five rock spires surrounding a central bowl-shaped island, which acts as a landing pad for the crystal dodecahedron starship that brings the astronauts from Earth.
A similar translucent dodecahedron features in the Doctor Who serial The Keys of Marinus, as a piece of scientific equipment in a laboratory on an island surrounded by a sea of acid. Like the acid lake that did for poor Toshi Olema.
But earlier on, Brian Moriarty considered showing Cocytus as a disorganized landscape of scattered spires rather than concentric islands. The original establishing shot used for the spaceship touching down can be seen above.
The random-rock-spires idea also appeared when Cocytus got a stealth cameo in LucasArts’ X-Wing: Imperial Pursuit.
Of course, in the even earlier iteration of the Cocytus previewed on Walter Donovan’s wall in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, there are concentric spires again, and the central island is a taller spire, rather than a concave bowl.
At that point the Cocytan ship must have been a hollow cone-shaped craft, not a polyhedron. Likely this design was based on Erich von Däniken’s theory in Chariots of the Gods, that alien spaceships used the ancient Egyptian pyramids as terrestrial landing pads (as in Stargate).
Can you say… Spearhead from Space?
Also, if the 1989 Cocytus has a “male” spaceship pad, and the 1993-5 design has a “female” pad, should we say the design in-between has a “chaotic” layout?
1333. That’s the number of individual packages now being sorted, filled, labeled, and shipped. We’ve got quite the assembly line going on here at Spicy Horse, and I thought you’d like a sneak peak behind the scenes…
But before we get into the physical, let’s talk about the digital. A digital release package has been put together containing the following items:
High Resolution PDF of Alice: Otherlands Art Book (50 pages, full colour)
Alice: Otherlands Logos / Spicy Horse Logos
“Leviathan” Conceptual artwork - (Alice Dress Renders, Environment Concepts, Model Test Renders, Rendered Images/Stills, Story boards)
“A Night at the Opera” Conceptual artwork - (Dragon Test Footage, Production Photos, Sketches, Storyboards)
Alice: Otherlands MP3’s Soundtrack/Score - 2x MP3’s, composed by Walter Sickert
Alice: Otherlands Wall Poster Artwork - High Resolution Download - 600mm x 1630mm approx
Alice: Otherlands Graphics/Borders + Alex’s Artwork - 7x full colour illustrations + collection of design elements used in A:OL media
Alice: Otherlands Blu-Ray & DVD cover/disc artwork - Suitable for printing or digital application
High Resolution copies of all Spicy Horse Alice: Otherlands Artwork, suitable for printing- 22 full colour illustrations, namely;
A Royal Blue Knight - Shu Yan
A Wilde Mind - Zeng Shuo
Above the Clouds - Shu Yan
Alice 20000 Leagues Under - Joey Zeng
Butchers Mind - Tyler Lockett
Butchers Mind II - Luis Melo
Lust, Money & Time - Zeng Shuo
Otherlands Gallery of Minds - Lin Ran
Painter’s Mind - Fancy
Stone Queen - Zeng Shuo
The Mind of Arthur Conan Doyle - Zeng Shuo
The Mind of Bram Stoker - Shu Yan
The Mind of Charles Darwin - Pt1 - Zeng Shuo
The Mind of Charles Darwin - Pt2 - Zeng Shuo
The Mind of Henri Matisse - Nako
The Mind of Robert Lewis Stevenson - Zeng Shuo
The Mind of Sarah Bernhardt - Zeng Shuo
The Mind of Thomas Edison - Nako
The Mind of Vincent Van Gogh - Chen Xue Jiao
The Mind of William Morris - Nako
The Others - Alice Otherlands
Wonderland Transformed - Tyler Lockett
A separate set of downloads will be made available for the video files, with a file for each of the following:
ISO disc files (2x files, one for BluRay, one for DVD)
Hi-res video files (format TBA)
Release time for digital assets has been set for Halloween - Midnight, October 31st, London time. If you’d like to view the countdown online, you can follow this link.
Digital content will be available as file downloads (via Mega), videos will also be made available on YouTube and Vimeo, sound files on SoundCloud, and other elements released via my blog. All links and sites will be shared in full via an update here on Kickstarter.
With all the 01010101 stuff out of the way, let’s get back to the physical realm…
The Signing Table
The Signing Table
I was able to fit 72 books per “round” on these tables, then go around signing them one-by-one. Another small table contained a handful of books I’d sign while waiting for the larger table to dry. In total I did 13 rounds and spent 12 hours on this process! 12-13-72… Hey, that’s my birthday! Spooky :P
If you’d like to see daily progress updates during the physical shipping phase, be sure to check out my Instagram feed. I’ve captured and shared some fun images at various stages of receiving, preparing, and shipping physical backer rewards.
In case you’re wondering, it took 2 full days to sign 1000 books, another 2 days to sign all the DVDs and BluRays, and we’re now entering our 2nd day of picking, packing, and labeling the individual boxes. Lulu has been overseeing the entire process.
Guarding the Boxes
Guarding the Boxes
What happens next?
My hope is that we’ll have all the boxes filled by early next week - and I’ve scheduled a pick-up for next Tuesday (November 3rd). From Shanghai the items will go together to Shenzhen for sorting and forwarding. Some may go straight from Shenzhen to various locations around the world - others will have to make a quick stop in Hong Kong. Whatever route they take, once they leave China (via ether start-point) delivery time will be anywhere between 5 and 30 days - depending on how far the package must travel.
Packages will be assigned tracking numbers, but I have no way to automatically attach and send these numbers to each backer - so I ask that you wait at least 30 days from November 10th, and then contact me directly via Kickstarter if you suspect your package has gone missing. I’ve been using this same shipping company for my fashion site Mysterious and have found them to be reliable with tracking and delivery.
Lastly, I wanted to post a massive “Thank You” to everyone helping support production on the campaign - Alex, for his amazing work on the Art of book and supporting art content; Caroline, Lijie, and Martin at Spicy Horse for helping with packing/shipping; and all of the artists - Troy, Ed, Walter, Kian, and the amazing illustrators at Spicy Horse. It’s wonderful to see all your effort and artistic expression taking flight and heading out to the world.
Alright, I have to get back to printing labels and packing boxes!
Title: Pas de Deux Category: Arrow Word Count: 650 Rating: G A/N: For allstartstofade, who asked for this concept so long ago she probably forgot about its existence, on her birthday. I hope you get all the wonderful things you deserve today and enjoy ♥ Many thanks to effie214 for the read through and title suggestion. Summary: Dear god, is that Oliver?! Read: AO3 or here
Walter Ulbricht (1893 – 1973), German politician, president of the central committee of the Socialist Union Party of East Germany, deputy minister president, and president of the State Council of East Germany, two months before the construction of the Berlin Wall