About this project
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)!
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!
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!
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!
- 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)
"Chet's art is beautiful and scary. His style has a modern twist crashing into a classical approach." - Adam Jones (TOOL)
"Chet Zar Knows monsters. They flow from him with grace and perfection that make their creation seem effortless.”
- Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth)
"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)
"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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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