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"War of the Worlds: Goliath"
“March of Robots!”
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For the past couple of years, during the month of October, Dacosta has conducted a daily sketch project, called #Botober. The project was both a personal challenge and a way of celebrating his love for all things robotic. Shortly after completing the most recent #Botober, Dacosta decided he wasn’t going to wait for another year before starting another, and so “March of Robots!” was born.
"War of the Worlds: Goliath", the independent animated feature film of Characters Engage member Joe Pearson, received a limited US theatre release, starting March 7th. From April 1st, 2014, "War of the Worlds: Goliath" will also be made available on DVD and 3D Blu-ray by Anderson Digital & Barking Cow Media Group.
The film is directed by Joe Pearson, executive produced by Kevin Eastman (co-creator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and features the voice talents of Adrian Paul (TV’s “Highlander”), Adam Baldwin (TV’s “Chuck,” “Firefly,” Independence Day), Peter Wingfield (TV’s “24”, XMen 2), Mark Sheppard (TV’s “ Battlestar Galactica,” “Firefly”), Elizabeth Gracen (TV’s “Highlander”), Jim Byrnes (TV’s “Highlander,” Wiseguy), Beau Billingslea (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Matt Lescher (TV’s “The West Wing”), and James Arnold Taylor (TV’s “Star Wars,” “The Clone Wars”).
In a parallel universe, World War One is imminent as we follow the gripping story of human resistance fighters who march to battle against the second invasion of the Martians. In 1899, the Earth was attacked by ruthless invaders from the planet Mars. The Martians’ 80 ft tall, heat-ray spewing, Tripod battle machines laid waste to the planet, but the invaders ultimately fell prey to Earth’s tiny bacteria.
Fifteen years later, Man has rebuilt his shattered world, in large part by utilizing captured Martian technology.
Equipped with giant, steam-powered Tripod battle machines, the international rapid reaction force is Mankind’s first line of defense against the return of the rapacious Martian invaders.
And return the Martians do. The rematch finds the multinational battle squad tripod “Goliath” on the front lines of a vicious interplanetary offensive. This time the Martians are using even more advanced alien technology. In the crucible of combat, the young crew helming the mighty Goliath will be tested to the limits of their endurance and courage as they fight for Mankind’s very survival under the onslaught of an implacable enemy.
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“March of Robots!” will be an 80 page softcover book printed in full color on art-quality paper, measuring 7.75” x 10”. Inside the book you’ll find all manner of robots, from super cute bots to action-ready mech. Dacosta aims to give an insight into his process, from rough pencil sketches to the finished vector illustrations, as well. The project also has a digital side, which goes beyond the boundaries of traditional print, by incorporating "augmented reality". Dacosta will be creating a companion app, enabling you to view animated 3D models and other elements of select images through your smartphone or tablet cameras.
The goal is to create a new robot illustration a day on Instagram, while creating an artbook to document the project. To finance the production of the "March of Robots!" artbook, Dacosta has also set up a Kickstarter campaign. While the Instagram challenge will run for 31 days, the Kickstarter campaign will run from March 1 to April 14 midnight EST.
Please check out the “March of Robots!” Kickstarter campaign and support this fun project:
You can also follow Dacosta's progress on Instagram: