Hart stressed that the company would be joining his “ecosystem,” saying, “I would not be asking for this particular number if you didn’t have to access my real resources. You said, ‘We’re going to get some creative people to come in: new animation, new stories.’ I have that.”
This is the first time we remember animation producers appearing on the show. The company recently released a teaser for Black Sands, the Anime, a planned animated show based on its comics series Black Sands: The Seven Kingdoms. The series, which Black Sands is producing independently, will be “very much in the vein of Arcane,” de Raat tells Cartoon Brew. A pilot short will be pitched to potential distributors.
Black Sands offers “a strong focus on stories from Black history before slavery and the rich legacies our African ancestors left us,” de Raat continues. “We fight every day to counter the Hollywood agenda-based single story and tired trauma-filled narratives.”
The company has sold over 200,000 units; through online fundraising campaigns, it has drawn in more than $2 million, which, de Raat says, has “primarily been used to develop our BSP Comics distribution app and to sign new creators to our platform.” He adds, “The BSP app is an amazing development engine for us, as we can see in real time which properties have the highest engagement with our audience.”
Based in Middletown, Delaware and Vancouver, Black Sands conceived its animation studio from the start as fully remote. The studio is developing adaptations of the company’s comics properties, which also include Cosmic Girls and Mori’s Family Adventures. They company says it has worked with senior animators from studios including Disney, Sony, Pixar, Bron, Amazon Studios, Nickelodeon, and Rainmaker.