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Enter a foreboding wasteland, and join us for the creation of a field guide to the Dark Universe of Chet Zar's DY5TOPIA!
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NEW STRETCH GOAL: IF DY5TOPIA REACHES $120K ALL BACKERS FROM "THE LOOKOUT" REWARD TIER AND ABOVE WILL RECEIVE THE FREE DY5TOPIA GLOW IN THE DARK BUNDLE!

$90K GOAL REACHED!!! THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT! STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED: ALL BACKERS WITH A REWARD TIER THAT INCLUDES THE DY5TOPIA BOOK, WILL ALSO RECEIVE A FREE COMPANION SKETCHBOOK (FEATURING IMAGES FROM MY ORIGINAL DY5TOPIA SKETCHBOOK)! 

"Softspot Mini"!!!
"Softspot Mini"!!!

 Why Support?

Written by: Mike Correll

Have you ever encountered a painting so intriguing, that you wanted to know what lay outside the confines of the frame? Enter Chet Zar, the prolific “Painter of Dark” who captures what seem to be snapshots of monsters from another world. Each has its own personality and sense of humanity, while the brief glimpses he allows us into their surroundings are both unsettling, and awe inspiring!

Preliminary Sketch for DY5TOPIA
Preliminary Sketch for DY5TOPIA

What You're Supporting...

What if you could help create a book that probes into this unknown realm, a book filled with both old and new Chet Zar monsters? This is your opportunity to enter the bizarre landscapes that Chet has channeled with his sketches, sculptures and paintings. You will be guided through the peculiar geography, culture, and creatures that inhabit a place not far removed from our own: DY5TOPIA. You will see close-up sketches of accouterments, landscapes and dwellings, and read about how this Dark Universe works.

Get on Board!

Whether you are a tried and true Zarmy member, or you have never heard of Chet Zar, this is your opportunity to contribute to an epic, customized book filled with over one hundred and seventy five pages of full-color Chet Zar paintings, sketches and sculptures! With extensive explanations and footnotes authored by your's truly, detailing the more complex workings of this world, and its inhabitants! Join us in the creation of DY5TOPIA: A Field Guide to the Dark Universe of Chet Zar!

Preliminary Sketch for DY5TOPIA
Preliminary Sketch for DY5TOPIA

What Supporters Receive... 

First of all, for a reasonable donation Backers will receive the customized, DY5TOPIA book, which includes over one hundred and seventy five pages of full color Chet Zar paintings, sketches and sculptures. Books will be signed by Chet Zar; some will feature Chet's signature sharpie sketches. In addition, signed copies of Mike Correll's new documentary, Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters (from the first replication order)will be offered + Limited Edition Mystery insert. Backers will also have the opportunity to collect original Chet Zar sketches, studies and paintings featured in the book, as well as 5x7" glossy postcards, signed prints, Ouija Board Planchettes, Chet Zar's first DY5TOPIA Ouija Board, Limited Edition DY5TOPIA enamel pins, sculptures and much more! This is your opportunity to contribute to the creation of Dark Art history! 

Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters DVD
Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters DVD

REWARD NOTES:

  • Reward tiers have been given Chet Zar painting names for easy identification, but you will not receive the image that corresponds with the painting names (see regularly asked questions section) 
  • All postcards are signed; all DVD's are signed + from the first replication order + include mystery insert (this description has been removed from upper tiers for simplicity) 
Preliminary Sketch for "DY5TOPIA: A Field Guide to the Dark Universe of Chet Zar
Preliminary Sketch for "DY5TOPIA: A Field Guide to the Dark Universe of Chet Zar
Black Magick: The Art of Chet Zar (Example of DY5TOPIA book quality)
Black Magick: The Art of Chet Zar (Example of DY5TOPIA book quality)
Example of a Chet Zar Monster Bust
Example of a Chet Zar Monster Bust
Example of Ouija Board Planchette (Ego Death Edition)
Example of Ouija Board Planchette (Ego Death Edition)
Dy5topia Glow in the Dark LE Enamel Pin (Hustle Hard Brand)
Dy5topia Glow in the Dark LE Enamel Pin (Hustle Hard Brand)

"Chet's art is beautiful and scary. His style has a modern twist crashing into a classical approach." - Adam Jones (TOOL)

Preliminary Sketch for DY5TOPIA, Example of Sketch Reward
Preliminary Sketch for DY5TOPIA, Example of Sketch Reward

"Chet Zar Knows monsters. They flow from him with grace and perfection that make their creation seem effortless.” 

- Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth)

Preliminary Sketch for DY5TOPIA, Example of Sketch Reward
Preliminary Sketch for DY5TOPIA, Example of Sketch Reward

"Chet Zar's extraordinary paintings open an elevator shaft that delivers us down into a world of the purest mystery and dread." - Clive Barker (Hellraiser) 

Preliminary Oil Study for DY5TOPIA
Preliminary Oil Study for DY5TOPIA

"Not much more I can say than Chet's works are like hammer-blows of originality." - Wayne Barlowe

Risks and challenges

To successfully produce and publish DY5TOPIA, it will be of the utmost importance that we reach and surpass the minimum goal! The success of DY5TOPIA is contingent on the artist and author having enough time to properly probe this Universe, and translate it through art and literature!

Every dollar above and beyond the minimum goal will ensure that DY5TOPIA becomes ALL that it can be. There are many special STRETCH GOALS and new reward tiers that will be UNLOCKED once the minimum goal is met, so please spread the word, and help bring DY5TOPIA into our world!

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    MOUF: DY5TOPIA Publication Credit

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    UNDERLINGS: 5x7" Signed Postcard featuring one of several images from the book + Publication Credit

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    LOBOTOMITE: 8x10" Signed, Open Edition Chet Zar Print (your choice from 5 older images) + Signed Postcard featuring one of several images from the book + Publication Credit

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    RUSTING: Signed Softcover Companion Sketchbook (featuring images from Chet Zar's original sketchbook for DY5TOPIA) + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    WARLOCK: Signed copy of Mike Correll's documentary, "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD (from the 1st replication order), includes a Limited Edition "mystery insert" + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    THE MISSION: Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    SIAMESE WITCHES: Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    I AM 5: Signed 4x6" DY5TOPIA Gas Mask Flag + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    DOUBLE WHAMMY: Limited Edition Chet Zar Enamel Gas Mask Pin ("Hustle Hard" Brand) + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    CONSULTING THE ORACLE: Signed Limited Edition DY5TOPIA Ouija Board Planchette + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    FIEND: Signed Limited Edition DY5TOPIA Monster Bust + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    CROW GIRL: Signed DY5TOPIA Frame + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    PSYCHONAUT: Signed 17x22" Limited Edition Print featuring one of several images from the book + Signed DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    ONE: Limited Edition Silver "One" Pendant + Signed DY5TOPIA Book + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    HEARTBROKEN: Limited Edition "Heartbroken" Mini Hand Painted Resin Cast, Signed and Numbered + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    DOOMSAYER: Signed Limited Edition DY5TOPIA Ouija Board + Ouija Board Planchette + Signed and sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    INTERLOPER: Original Sketch featured in the book + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    SOFTSPOT MINI: Signed and Numbered Hand Painted Limited Edition Softspot Mini + Signed DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    ONE EYED JACK: Original Oil Study featured in the book + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    INNER CHILD: Custom Framed, Original Sketch featured in the book + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    OVERLORD: Signed Limited Edition DY5TOPIA Monster Bust + Signed Limited Edition DY5TOPIA Ouija Board + Ouija Board Planchette + Signed and sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    SUCCUBUS: Custom Framed, Original Oil Study featured in the book + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    INTERLOPER 2: Two (2) Original Sketches featured in the book + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    DEAD POPE: Original Oil Study featured in the book + Original Sketch featured in the book + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    THE VISITOR: Custom Framed, Original Oil Study featured in the book + Custom Framed, Original Sketch featured in the book + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    THE PINK SCREAM: Original 11x14" Oil Painting featured in the book + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    THE CHOCO TACO: Limited Edition (of 5) Hand Painted "SOFTSPOT" sculpture + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    BLACK MAGICK: Original 16x20" Oil Painting featured in the book + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    NUMBER 1: Custom Framed, Original 11x14" Oil Painting featured in the book + DY5TOPIA Custom Framed, 5x7" Original Oil Study featured in the book (matching) + Standard Framed, 11x14" Sketch featured in the book (matching) + AP Softspot Sculpture + "Heartbroken" Mini Hand Painted Resin Cast, Signed and Numbered + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    THE HEART EATER: Custom Framed, Original 11x14" Oil Painting featured in the book + DY5TOPIA Custom Framed, 5x7" Original Oil Study featured in the book (matching) + Standard Framed, 11x14" Sketch featured in the book (matching) + AP Softspot Sculpture + "Heartbroken" Mini Hand Painted Resin Cast, Signed and Numbered + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit + Secret Mystery Gift

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    WE ARE THE SHADOWS: Original 24x30" Oil Painting featured in the book + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    EGO DEATH - Original, Custom Framed 24x30" Oil Painting featured in the book (first pick) + Original, Custom Framed 16x20" Oil Painting featured in the book + Original, Custom Framed 11x14" Oil Painting featured in the book (first pick) + Signed Limited Edition DY5TOPIA Ouija Board + Ouija Board Planchette + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    NOMEN: Original 30x40" Oil Painting featuring a NEW monster from the book + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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    THE DARK KING - Original, Custom Framed 24x30" Oil Painting featured in the book + Original, Custom Framed 16x20" Oil Painting featured in the book + Original, Custom Framed 11x14" Oil Painting featured in the book + 5x7" DY5TOPIA Custom Framed Oil Study featured in book + 11x14" Standard Framed Sketch featured in book + Signed and Numbered Hand Painted Limited Edition Softspot Mini + Limited Edition "Heartbroken" Mini Hand Painted Resin Cast, Signed and Numbered + Signed Limited Edition DY5TOPIA Ouija Board + Ouija Board Planchette + Signed Limited Edition DY5TOPIA Monster Bust + Signed and Sketched DY5TOPIA Book + "Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters" DVD + Postcard + Publication Credit

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