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'Transreality' is a graphic novel about a 21st century man thrust into a post-singularity, transhuman world.

What makes us human? Our body? Our mind? Our experiences? 

Imagine a universe where no one dies. The human mind is a digital program that can be copied, saved and reprogramed. The idea of self and identity are completely redefined. This is the world of Transreality.

Transreality is a graphic novel that tells the story of James Watson, a man living his everyday life in 2013 Yorkshire...or so he thinks. As this futuristic story unfolds, James discovers a universe of splintered cultures, artificial intelligences, uplifted animals and virtual worlds. James explores his new universe, his place in it and what it means to be human.

Transreality will be a 128 page, full color, soft-cover graphic novel. 

$18,000 Stretch Goal 

If the $18,000 goal is met, everyone who's pledged $20 or more will receive a special, bonus, 24 page, one-shot, mini-comic book! This book will be set in the Transreality universe and will be a separate, complete story that explores the life of someone else in the 22nd century.

The book will be designed and drawn to 8.3" x 5.8" (UK A5 size).

This will be a Kickstarter exclusive. As in, I will not sell it anywhere else, EVER (though the story may end up in an anthology somewhere down the line.) This print will just be for you guys.

Why a graphic novel about this weird stuff?

I've been a fan of sci-fi my whole life. Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who... you name it. In the last few years I've stumbled upon this exciting new genre of science fiction called 'transhumanism.' Its ideas have been touched on over the years in movies and books, including some of my favorite sci-fi novels Accelerando by Charles Stross and Recursion by Tony Ballantyne. There is even a kick-ass role-playing game about it called Eclipse Phase.

But I have yet to find a comic book that really gets into the nitty gritty. A comic that tackles the subject of the evolution of not only human society, but of the physical human body and mind. What can we become? The possibilities are endless and I hope to scratch the surface with Transreality.

Why am I bugging you about this?

So far, only the first 20 pages of Transreality exist.  This Kickstarter is to complete the remaining 108 pages and get the finished graphic novel into print. And it needs YOU!

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    A Digital Consumer - You'll receive access to the blog, a backer credit in the book, AND a PDF copy of the finished 128 page graphic novel.

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    A Little Something Extra - You'll receive access to the blog, a backer credit in the book, a PDF copy of the finished 128 page graphic novel AND a Kickstarter exclusive wallpaper for your computer.

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    The Real Double Deal - You'll receive access to the blog, a backer credit in the book, a PDF AND two signed and numbered physical copies of the graphic novel - one of them gift wrapped for that lucky someone (UK postage included). *For non-UK shipping please add $6 to your pledge.

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    Behind The Scenes - Blog access, backer's credit, PDF and print copy, AND you'll also get special, behind-the-scenes updates every two weeks! With this level of backing you will get to look at pages in progress, see script changes, and know what's going on in my head as I work on this project! This will be an honest look behind the scenes to see what goes into making Transreality. And you can give input!

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    A Copy of the Script - Blog access, backer's credit, PDF and print copy, behind the scenes access AND a limited edition printed copy of the script Transreality with notations. These will only be made for the kickstarter, then never again!

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    A Cameo - You will receive access to the blog, a PDF and physical copy of the graphic novel, 'Behind The Scenes' updates, a print copy of the script, plus YOUR LIKENESS will appear somewhere in the graphic novel! You might have blue skin or scales, but it will be recognizable as you! A few photos will be required to participate at this level.

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    Original Artwork - You will receive access to the blog, a PDF and physical copy of the graphic novel, 'Behind The Scenes' updates, a print copy of the script, plus a full-color COMMISSIONED CHARACTER ART piece. Tell me what you who you want drawn and where they are and I'll make it. It could be a character of your own design, a historical figure or even your favorite D & D character. Whatever you like! A high quality print will be mailed to you as well as a digital copy.

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    Your Character Poster - You will receive access to the blog, a PDF and physical copy of the graphic novel, 'Behind The Scenes' updates, your likeness will appear somewhere in the graphic novel, plus you will be mailed a 24 x 36 inch full color FRONT COVER POSTER featuring your character in the center. Similar to the existing cover, but with your character as the star. This will be a one of a kind item and you get the original photoshop file as well!

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    A Starring Role - You will receive access to the blog, a PDF and physical copy of the graphic novel, 'Behind The Scenes' updates, a print copy of the script, plus your likeness will be used for a CHARACTER in the graphic novel! You will have dialogue and interact with other characters. Again, you may need to be altered to fit into the setting, but it will recognizably be you! A lot of photos are required to participate at this level. You may be required to send specific poses (from home with a web cam or some other easily e-mailed media).

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    You Are In The Future - You will receive access to the blog, a PDF and physical copy of the graphic novel, 'Behind The Scenes' updates, plus a character will be BASED ON YOU in the graphic novel! Not just the way you look, but you. Your name, your likes, your dislikes. A future version of you will exist and interact in the graphic novel with the other characters. Again, you might be tweaked to fit into the setting, but it will recognizably be you! A lot of photos are required to participate at this level and we'll need to chat so I can get the scoop on you. You may be required to send specific poses (from home with a web cam or some other easily e-mailed media). You will also need to be a bit flexible, so we can fit you into the story and setting.

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