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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 10 2014
$4,569
pledged of $14,000pledged of $14,000 goal
98
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 10 2014

About

In the near future, science is able to distill human personalities into a drug-form. Called utopiates—a merging of the words utopia and opiate—these drugs allow users to swap personalities with the "mental imprints" of other people. Every user has his or her own reasons for seeking chemical escape, but all soon learn the high price of "soul swapping." At its core, Utopiates is an unflinching portrayal of human behavior at its most extreme. The first chapter of the Utopiates graphic novel can be read free online HERE.

Created in the spirit of William Gibson and Phillip K. Dick, Utopiates portrays a gene-spliced tomorrow that falls in a dark territory between Blade Runner and The Wire. Based on the hit graphic novel by Josh Finney and Kat Rocha, the Utopiates audio drama will be a full-cast adaptation of the book, produced by AudioComics and starring Denise Poirier, best known as the voice of MTV's Æon Flux.

This project will be helmed by Audie Award-winning director Bill Dufris and performed by both veteran and emerging voice actors. This is not an audiobook, but rather an audio film with a full-cast, immersive sound design and an original score by BBC composer Jonathan Sharp. Choice songs from bands Bio-Tek, New Mind, and Slingshot Venus will appear in the production. Going above and beyond the classic radio plays of old, Utopiates will bring the art form into the 21st Century, applying the same level of detail, sound design, and effects we've come to expect from a high-budget film.

This will be the second outing for Josh Finney and AudioComics: in 2011 they teamed up to adapt Finney's futuristic war story, Titanium Rain. The production was nothing short of groundbreaking, and in turn was nominated for two Audie Awards (the Oscars of the audio book industry) in the categories of Best Audio Drama and Best Original Work, and won both and Earphones Award an the coveted Silver Mark Time Award for science-fiction excellence in the audio medium. Below is an extended cut from Titanium Rain:

More extended samples from the Titanium Rain audio drama can be heard at www.TitaniumRainAudio.com.

Upon completion, backers will receive the Utopiates audio, either in compact disc or digital form, depending on what pledge options you choose. But if we can achieve at least one critical stretch goal, your Utopiates experience will encompass so much more.

If your help takes us beyond our initial pledge goal to raise an extra $5000, Utopiates will become a TWO DISC SET, and include three all-new original stories set in the Utopiates universe. The lead story for this second disc will be penned by none other than veteran cyberpunk author, John Shirley. Over the course of his career, Shirley has become an institution all is own, known for his groundbreaking Eclipse Trilogy novels, his collaborations with William Gibson, and for his many scripts for film and television--most notably, Shirley wrote the screenplay for The Crow, as well as one of the best known episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

By becoming part of Team Utopiates you'll have the opportunity to get in on a range of unique incentives. Along with coffee mugs, limited art prints, and a chance to have your name appear in the audio drama, backers who select one of the Artist Incentives will have custom artwork rendered for them by either renowned fantasy artists Patrick McEvoy or Salvadore Trakal, or the creator of Utopiates, Josh Finney.

ALL BACKERS AT ALL LEVELS WILL RECEIVE, IF WE REACH OUR GOAL, TWO COMPLIMENTARY AUDIO DRAMA DOWNLOADS: A NEW EPISODE OF HORRORSCOPES AND THE SINGLE NARRATOR  AUDIO BOOK TITANIUM RAIN: EMBEDDED (READ BY JP GUIMONT)!

Are there a few extra items you would like to add to your selected incentive? These add-ons are available at all levels. Please add $10 if outside of the US.

• Utopiates graphic novel, additional copy :: $15

• Coffee Mug :: $25

• Titanium Rain audio drama (Mp3) :: $5

• Horrorscopes anthology (Mp3) :: $5

As stated previously, if we can hit the critical stretch goal of $19,000 the Utopiates audio drama will expand to a two disc set. That said, we also have some other fun unlockable goals such as exclusive art prints, postcard sets, and enhanced CD packaging.

DOUBLE THE CONTENT! By reaching this benchmark the Utopiates audio drama will double in size and include three all-new stories. One will be scripted by Utopiates creator, Josh Finney. One will be by a known author who has yet to be announced. And the last story will be scripted by none other than cyberpunk legend John Shirley.

Everyone who pledges $55 or more will receive an exclusive set of art postcards featuring all-new Utopiates themed paintings.

Everyone who pledges $55 or more will receive a limited set of Utopiates art prints.

Pack upgrade! For all backers who order Utopiates on CD, their two disc set will come in a full-color, six panel, high-end gate-fold CD wallet which will features extensive artwork by Utopiates creators Josh Finney and Kat Rocha.

Launched in 2009, AudioComics is dedicated to superior audio entertainment that moves beyond the radio plays of old to create a 21st Century "audio movie" experience like no other. Founded by industry veterans William Dufris, Lance Roger Axt, and Elaine Lee in 2010, the company is known for high-end SFX, soundtracks, and superior acting.

Their productions are adapted from only the most innovative comics and genre fiction on the market today. Along with Josh Finney, AudioComics has worked with (or will be working with) such talents as Jamal Igle, Thomas Jane, Tom Kirkbride, and Todd Dezago.

Awards and Recognition…

• Silver Mark Time Award, The American Society for Science Fiction Audio: Titanium Rain, Vol. 1

• Earphones Award, AudioFile Magazine: Titanium Rain, Vol. 1

• Audie Award Nomination, Best Audio Drama: Titanium Rain, Vol. 1

• Audie Award Nomination, Best Original Work: Titanium Rain, Vol. 1 

Risks and challenges

The only possible risk comes with our director's schedule as a narrator and director of audiobooks. As he is a prominent member of the audio book community, he is sometimes called upon to work on an audio book for any one of a number of companies. Should this occur "Utopiates" would be delayed by no more than a month.

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    UTOPIATES - DIGITAL COPY. Receive a DRM-free MP3 copy of the Utopiates audio drama.

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    UTOPIATES - COMPACT DISC.
    Get your copy of the Utopiates audio drama on compact disc! The CD will include liner art by Utopiates creator, Josh Finney.

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    DIGITAL EVERYTHING PACK.
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    THE TITANIUM RAIN EXPERIENCE.
    Along with your digital copy of Utopiates, you'll received an MP3 copy of the award-winning Titanium Rain audio drama. Titanium Rain was first collaboration between Josh Finney and AudioComics. More information and preview clips can be heard at www.TitaniumRainAudio.com. Includes the Digital Everything pack.

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    THE HORRORSCOPES EXPERIENCE.
    Along with your digital copy of Utopiates, you'll received an Mp3 copy of the first season of the Horrorscopes audio drama anthology. Horrorscopes is AudioComics' premier horror series, featuring the works of HP Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, and Edgar Allen Poe. 10 episodes total! Includes the Digital Everything pack.

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    GRAPHIC NOVEL PACK V1.
    Get a signed copy of the Utopiates graphic novel along with your MP3 copy of the audio drama. Includes the Digital Everything pack.

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    GRAPHIC NOVEL PACK V2.
    Get a signed copy of the Utopiates graphic novel and a copy of the audio drama on COMPACT DISC. Includes the Digital Everything pack.

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    COFFEE MUG & COMPACT DISC.
    Get an exclusive limited edition coffee mug with your copy of the Utopiates audio drama (on compact disc)! Includes the Digital Everything pack.

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    ELITE PACK.
    If you’re not looking to get in on any of the limited/exclusive items, this is your best value. With the Elite Pack you get a CD copy of the Utopiates audio drama, a signed copy of the Utopiates graphic novel, a limited edition Utopiates poster signed by the creators & cast, an MP3 copy of the Titanium Rain audio drama, AND everything in the Digital Everything Pack.

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    THE AUDIOCOMICS AUDIOTHOLOGY! Okay, the big kahuna for full-cast audio: along with your digital copy of Utopiates, you'll receive MP3 copies of the award-winning Titanium Rain audio drama, the complete season of Horrorscopes, AND an MP3 of AudioComics' first production, STARSTRUCK, based on the play that became the legendary comics series from Elaine Lee and Michael Wm. Kaluta! That's almost 9 HOURS of award-winning full-cast audio! Includes the Digital Everything pack.

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    ORIGINAL PAGE ART, (Limit: 7)
    Own a piece of original page art from the UTOPIATES graphic novel. These are the pencils rendered by Kat Rocha. Includes the Elite Pack.

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    ULTRA-RARE UTOPIATES, ISSUE #1, (Limit: 5) Receive a signed copy of UTOPIATES #1. This is the ultra-rare B&W comic book series that was printed in 2007. Less than 1000 were printed. Includes the Elite Pack.

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    YOUR NAME IN UTOPIATES (Limit: 5)
    Be immortalized in the Utopiates audio drama! Have your name appear as one of the InterSec shock troops who appear in chapter two. Your name will be said loudly, and often for the first few minutes of the audio during a battle scene! Includes the Elite Pack.

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    JOSH FINNEY ART COMMISSION (Limit: 3)
    A custom art commission from Utopiates author/artist Josh Finney! Includes the Elite Pack.

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    McEVOY ART COMMISSION (Limit: 3)
    A custom art commission from fantasy artist Patrick McEvoy! Longtime fans will recall Patrick's signature pin-ups that appeared in issues #2 and #5 of the Utopiates monthly series. Includes the Elite Pack.

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    SALVADOR TRAKAL ART COMMISSION (Limit: 3) A custom digital sketch from acclaimed artist Salvador Trakal! Salvador painted the striking cover art for the Utopiates graphic novel. Includes the Elite Pack.

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    VOICE MAIL BY AEON FLUX / DENISE POIRIER (Limit: 3)
    The voice of Aeon Flux, Denise Poirier, will record a voice mail message for you! Included with this incentive is a Utopiates coffee mug and everything in the Elite Pack.

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    PRODUCER LEVEL. You will be a PRODUCER on the project! You'll get an official Producer credit on DISCOGS.com and in the credits of the audio drama. This means your name will appear in the liner notes, online, and spoken in the end credits of the audio drama. NOTE: the producer's credit will be in name only--but still that's pretty cool. You'll also get a custom "Utopiates Co-Producer" T-Shirt too! Included with this incentive is a Utopiates coffee mug and everything in the Elite Pack.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER LEVEL. You will be a EXEC-PRODUCER on the project You'll get an official Executive-Producer credit on DISCOGS.com and in the credits of the audio drama. This means your name will appear in the liner notes, online, and spoken in the end credits of the audio drama. You'll also have access to an early cut of the audio drama where you can provide notes and feedback on the cut. (Other than that, producers credit will be in name only). You'll also get a custom "Utopiates Exec-Producer" T-Shirt too! Included with this incentive is a Utopiates coffee mug and everything in the Elite Pack.

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    "PRESENTED BY..." LEVEL You'll be credited as the presenter of this project! You'll get your name (or company's name) mentioned in the opening AND end credits of the audio drama as "Utopiates, presented by Audio Comics Company and <your name here>." You'll get an official Executive-Producer credit on DISCOGS.com and in the credits of the audio drama. You'll have access to an early cut of the audio drama where you can provide notes and feedback on the cut. You'll also get a custom "Utopiates Exec-Producer" T-Shirt too! Included with this incentive is a Utopiates coffee mug and everything in the Elite Pack.

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