The ONIRIA Trilogy. A comic-book fantasy saga.
The ONIRIA Trilogy. A comic-book fantasy saga.
Help Ferran Xalabarder turn his hallucinogenic fantasy saga into a full printed reality. ONIRIA, where even Mr. Sandman doesn’t dare,
Help Ferran Xalabarder turn his hallucinogenic fantasy saga into a full printed reality. ONIRIA, where even Mr. Sandman doesn’t dare, Read more
First of all, I want to thank you in advance for taking the time to read this presentation.
When you start one of these campaigns, everybody advises you on what you have to do and what you don’t have to. Appearing in a video talking straight to the camera is a must for what I see. Though I’m afraid that this is a line that I’m not going to cross. Cameras hate me, or I hate cameras, I don’t know what was first yet, but the real thing is that I strong and sincerely believe that the important issue here is my stuff, my illustrations, my story telling, my comic… ONIRIA in this case. And, if ONIRIA can’t convince you by itself, then I know for sure that I won’t be able to do it myself no matter how many times I appear in front of a camera.
Maybe I’m wrong by thinking so, but that’s my decision, and I leave the result to your fair judgment.
…Aside from that decision, following this link you can find an animated video, a trailer of some sort I made to present the first book of the saga:
The objective of this campaign is the printing of the first tome of a four books trilogy; Oniria: Genesis, Oniria: Revelations & Oniria: Apocalypse. Yes, a trilogy in four books is not very usual, but I have to recognize that the Apocalypses issue was too long as to fit in one single regular volume.
Everything started in a collection of short stories that I illustrated & wrote during the last years. Some of those stories were published a while back at the Heavy Metal Magazine http://www.heavymetal.com/. I have plenty of material that has never been published yet, so the idea is to put all the stories together, in chronological order, corrected, amplified, remastered and print them in a four books collection.
Only in the first book there are 19 pages never published before and a fistful of new panels in the published ones.
The final objective for this campaign is to make a minimum of one thousand copies print of the first book: “ONIRIA; GENESIS”, with which ignite the saga. In the long term, the idea is to publish one volume in English every 9 months or so to have the time to finish the two books left of the Apocalypse. Pitifully I cannot dedicate all my time to this saga.
Here goes a link to a review of one of the ONIRIA chapters published in the Heavy Metal Magazine in case you want to take a look:
The money gathered that’s left from the different fees involved, will be dedicated to wage all the printing expenses and the making of the rest of rewards.
Here you can find the precise break down:
Kickstarter percentage, credit cards & banks fees: 10%.................. 500 $
Print cost of deluxe edition (1000 copies edition) ......………………4500 $
"...I tell you, I swear, here, next-door, there is this oneiric realm outside time & space, a void in-between braincells, an insane dimension where everything’s possible and nothing makes sense, a realm called Oniria where Mr Sandman doesn’t dare."
It’s important to know that this is not a comic for children, this is a comic oriented only for very open minded adult readers.
In short, the story has a little bit of everything, a little bit of everything that dreams are made of… but it’s mainly an adventure, an odyssey of two very different women with a troubled past into an oneiric fantasy realm. It’s nonsense and silly sometimes, like dreams use to be, but it also has some profound stuff. Under the fun and fantasy layers, there is some very serious stuff going on…
Here you have the synopsis from the back cover of the book:
At the early stages of 2013, a massive polar flip changed the world we know forever, creating an alternative future, a parallel reality. From the ashes of that world emerged a fanciful system called Utopia. And that’s where the story begins…
The ONIRIA saga tells the tale of two completely different women, two Utopian citizens, Amanda Honeyland and Ms Frosy who, abducted by a mysterious entity, are fused together in a single body to embark, against their will, upon the most hallucinating adventure of their lives inside a bizarre oneiric realm. They’ll soon realize that Oniria is the name of that “place”, a colorful void out of time & space, where all dreams and nightmares interlock to create a liquid and crazy world where everything is possible and nothing makes sense. A world full of a little bit of everything that dreams are made of. An outlandish kingdom populated by its own particular creatures and entities. An insane domain where “Gods” use to play their twisted mind games…
Step by step, madness after madness, Amy & Ms Frosy will deeply sink into that screwy realm. And, enslaved by a weird creature called the Dreams-Eater as they are, they will try to adapt the best they can to their new shocking environment and condition, while dealing at the same time with the most hidden traumas of their own. The usual that happens when your brain must handle an experience barely intended for a human mind to comprehend… But this is part of the plot… someone’s plan requires that the two girls go through their most hidden traumas as to unleash the fantastic and epic almighty confrontation that will take place at the end… It won’t take too long for them to discover that they are merely toys in hands of superior forces.
It’s a 72 full colored pages book. Printed on quality paper, hard covers, and with a French album size (9,213 x 12,165 inches / 23,4 x 30,9 cms.). The perfect size, big enough as to enjoy the illustrations to the max.
The artwork was realized with a combination of hand painted artwork and computer finishing.
If you want to read a different and longer presentation, you can find the one that Amanda Honeyland did here:
The framed original art:
Risks and challenges
I think the risks are minimum. The two first 72 pages’ books are fully completed and ready to print, and the first volume of the Apocalypse is almost half done… it’s completely drawn and just lacks the coloring.
Having this in consideration, the only risk, and challenge, will be to finish the two final books… but publishing one book every nine months, gives me time enough to finish both.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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