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From web-comic to hardcover book! Help us collect our comic in book form and we'll give you all kinds of goodies!
From web-comic to hardcover book! Help us collect our comic in book form and we'll give you all kinds of goodies!
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"If I could only walk into someone making fun of geeks and nerds just so that I could have the pleasure of colorfully telling them 'how much they don't know about us' while handing them a copy of the Surreality Anthology 'Personality Complex' as their handbook to today's youth. Then I'll walk away but not before pitching a cool one-liner like, 'you need this'". - David Sanchez, Co-Host of Comics Remixed

"Caleb King is not your typical MPDG. That said, his alter ego, the blue-haired barista Sydney, is possibly the most manic of any pixie dream girl ever, the top-wrung of the pixie evolutionary ladder, as it were. Because unlike most MPDGs, Sydney hasn’t appeared from the aether to change some male character’s shitty mundane life; she hasn’t apparated to assist some sad Zach Braffish hipster. No, Sydney is on her own journey. And, so far, it has been a pretty remarkable ride." - David Pauwels, Writer/Creator of the web-comic Free Mars

"Surreality has been a smart, sexy, and surprisingly nerdy addition to webcomics. Caleb King and Carla Wyzgala have managed to create a cast of relatable characters that I look forward to catching up with on a weekly basis." - Joe Iannacone, Co-Host of Nerd Appeal

Art, geeks, music AND strong female characters you say? COUNT ME IN! Caleb and company are always funny, clever and straight forward with their storytelling. If they ever want to take this project live action… I definitely want to be the Producer! – Vincent Kustush, Producer of Isabella & Lucy

From Web-Comic to Hardcover Book!

Wow! It's been an awesome two years working on Surreality. What began as a kernel of an idea in art school has become a dream come true! Week after week we have been telling our story and our audience has been growing and growing. We are truly grateful and excited about the future of our comic!

We're now attempting to collect the first two chapters of Surreality into a single hardcover graphic novel in the hope of having materials to fund our continuing work on the web-comic. Since we are a three person team, we all are sacrificing to make it work. Please help us reach this goal and put our book in your hands at the same time!

What is Surreality?

Surreality is the story of Sydney, tattooed comic nerd of a girl in her mid-twenties who is going nowhere. She has no ambition. She has no goals. She works a dead end job. She's a gamer, pop culture consumer, sassy, boring, and manic.

She's a complicated girl.

To escape her boring and routine life, she creates fantasies and lives in her dreams. It is in one of these dreams that she encounters her own sub-conscious. This corpse-like version of herself reveals Sydney's true destiny, that of a dried-up and dying individual. Dream-Sydney pushes Sydney forward, informing her that if Sydney does not begin moving forward in life, then this is the future that awaits her.

Chapter 2, Page 20
Chapter 2, Page 20
Chapter 2, Page 34
Chapter 2, Page 34
Chapter 1, Page 7
Chapter 1, Page 7
                     

 Along for the ride are Sydney's friends Chase (a tattoo artist), Chloe (a rising star DJ), Malcomb (egotistical, self-centered rocker frontman), and Abbi (Sydney's older sister and sex kitten).  

Witty, challenging, fun, sexy, and real, Surreality follows Sydney's journey from the whims of adolescence, to the triumphs of maturity. Created/written by Caleb King, Illustrated by Carla Wyzgala, and colored by Kat Guevara.

Chapter 2, Page 39
Chapter 2, Page 39

CHECK OUT THE WEEKLY WEB-COMIC HERE!

About Our Project:

Web-Comics are funny things. We chose to offer our content weekly and free to the viewer. There are no ads on our site. There is no profit making from our weekly endeavor. We do this for love of storytelling, both visually and with words.

We also know that one cannot simply put in a tremendous amount of work on a consistent basis without making money. It is an unfortunate reality. No matter how much we love what we do, we must generate income to fund and continue doing what we are doing. 

This is where you all come in.

We're not looking for handouts, we want to earn your money. We're looking to collect the first two chapters of our weekly web-comic into a very slick and premium hardcover collection. Between the first two chapters of our comic, we have over eighty pages of story, not to mentions all the sexy and amazing pin-ups that artists have contributed to us. We have a TON of content. We want you to hold that content in your hands. We want to charge a fair price, and make it easy for you to get.

This hardcover book will not only be an amazing book, but it will help us generate income and keep doing what we love, that of making Surreality the best we can make it. We travel to conventions all around the United States selling copies of our first book Personality Complex (also a successfully funded KickStarter project!) as well as prints, personal commissions, stickers, and all sorts of other goodies. We want to add our ongoing story to that list.

So, all that said, let's get to the goodies. Most of you will opt in for the book (the whole point of this little endeavor), but there are some awesome incentives that will not only make you a very happy camper, but  also serve to help us fund the snot out of this project! Here they are!

The Book (standard cover)!

Yum-tastic standard cover by Carla Wyzgala.
Yum-tastic standard cover by Carla Wyzgala.
  • Tentacle-tastic variant cover by Caleb King - This is not the final cover art.
  

 The Exclusive Print (This is the image, but the final text placement and all that detail oriented stuff is still up in the air).

ERMIGERD! EXCLUSIVE PRINT!
ERMIGERD! EXCLUSIVE PRINT!

COFFEE! Surreality Jitterz Roast will put some hair on your chest, and also cures male-pattern-baldness.

Drink this crap!
Drink this crap!

Oodles and oodles of original pages waiting for you to love them!

Carla's original pages will make you pee your pants!
Carla's original pages will make you pee your pants!

Did someone mention SCOTT BLAIR!?!!??!?! Get the Blair-Master himself to draw you something magnificent!

Scott Balir will make you awesome stuff!
Scott Balir will make you awesome stuff!
Scott Blair Art will improve your IQ!
Scott Blair Art will improve your IQ!

Chris Hamer! STOP! Hamer-Time!

Hamer SMASH!
Hamer SMASH!
 
Boba Fett!
Boba Fett!
Chapter 2, Page 39 - Original Painting Incentive!
Chapter 2, Page 39 - Original Painting Incentive!
Chapter 2, Page 40 - Original Painting Incentive!
Chapter 2, Page 40 - Original Painting Incentive!
Chapter 2, Page 41 - Original Painting Incentive!
Chapter 2, Page 41 - Original Painting Incentive!
Chapter 2, Page 43 - Original Painting Incentive!
Chapter 2, Page 43 - Original Painting Incentive!

PRINTING!

We're having Chicago based printing company Kraken Print handle our plate-seperated printing. This will ensure as accurate and solid a translation of our digital pages into color. They're awesome!

RELEASE THE KRAKEN!
RELEASE THE KRAKEN!





STRETCH GOALS!
Should we attain our funding goal, we have some awesome stretch goals in mind to keep things moving forward. Once we are close to our goal, we'll list these exciting packages. I know everyone will be excited about the additional goodies!

Risks and challenges

Obviously, funding is a risk. We will do our very best to promote and fund this project with your help, but if it is not successful, then we will have to seek alternative means to fund the book. We are excited about the reward levels for backers and are working closely with the vendors who are supplying our prints, books, and all other rewards to ensure the very best in quality.

Sketches, commissions, and all other custom works of art offered at reward levels could cause delays in shipping. We don't want to rush through your paintings and sketches, so things might get delayed a bit if you're a backer at one of those levels. We will try our very best to get them to you in a timely manner. We appreciate your patience in advance.

We do not anticipate any delay in shipping of items that are not associated with sketches and commissions. Yea for you guys!

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    LOVE ME SOME PRINTS!

    Fifteen bucks gets you an exclusive print just for Kickstarter backers. We won't cheese out and sell this print online or at our convention appearances. What good is an exclusive anything if it doesn't remain exclusive?

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    DIGITAL OTHERWORLD! Backers at this level will receive a digital copy of Surreality: Otherworld directly in the inbox of whatever email you provide us with. Great for those who want it NOW and don't want to wait for shipping. DO IT NOW!

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    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY: THE BOOK!

    You know what you want. You do. You're a discerning individual with unmatched taste. For twenty five dollars, you get a copy of the standard cover of Surreality: Otherworld. Crack it open and smell that one of a kind smell of ink and paper combining to give you one hell of a ride through the world of Surreality.

    Also suitable to use as a coaster or to prop under a chair to keep it level. See? We offer a multi-purpose item!

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    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY: BOOK AND SKETCH!

    Really? I need to explain this to you...? *sigh* If you want to dish out thirty five bucks, we'll draw you a sketch on the inside of your copy of Surreality: Otherworld. We'll let you pick the character you want from Surreality, so tell us who you like and we'll put 'em in there.

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    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY: BOOK AND PRINT COMBO!

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    SUPER RARE VARIANT COVER!

    So, Carla did the art for the super cool standard edition of the book, but some of you don't know that writer Caleb King is also an illustrator. He is providing the image for the super limited variant cover of Surreality: Otherworld. Just 100 copies will be printed, so grab one while you can. These will be signed and numbered and come with an exclusive sketch by Caleb.

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    GIMME THE JITTERZ!

    Backers at this level get a very limited treasure. We've created a special coffee roast that is available to Kickstarter backers only! This dark roast coffee packs a punch with bold flavors and a smooth body. Drink the coffee and read the book, because backers here will also receive the standard cover of Surreality: Otherworld.

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    ORIGINAL SURREALITY COMIC PAGES - TIER ONE

    This tier includes not only Surreality: Otherworld (standard cover), but also a randomly chosen page of original art from the Surreality web comic. Please keep in mind that you will not be able to select the page, but one of us will reach into our giant magical bag of original art and pull out an amazing pen and ink drawn page signed by the lovely miss Carla Wyzgala herself. Book and original art = bragging rights and the powers of telekinesis. Yup. Tele-friggin-kinesis.

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    ORIGINAL SURREALITY COMIC PAGES - TIER TWO

    So, what's the difference between tier one and tire two? Tier two backers will receive a randomly chosen page that contains a KEY MOMENT in the story. Maybe it's the first appearance of a character. Maybe it's a page with something cheeky on it. Maybe it's slightly naughty. who knows? Buy it and try your luck. You'll also get Surreality: Otherworld (standard cover), so you can then see what your page looked like before Kat painstakingly sat down and colored it for you. She really did do it just for you. Just ask her all about it.

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    ORIGINAL COMMISSION: TIER ONE

    Want some original art? Good. Here's the deal. Backers at this level get a one of a kind watercolor commission from writer/creator Caleb King. Pick your character from Surreality and Caleb will paint it up for you. Backers here also receive the standard cover of Surreality: Otherworld. Awesome. If you're lucky, Caleb might just lick the book for you so you can have his DNA and clone an army of his dopplegangers to take over Alabama.

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    ORIGINAL ART: TIER TWO

    Want some original art? Good. Here's the deal. Backers at this level get a one of a kind watercolor commission from illustrator Carla Wyzgala. Pick your character from Surreality and Carla will paint it up for you. Backers here also receive the standard cover of Surreality: Otherworld. Carla has no time for your shenanigans. Don't look her directly in the eyes, and don't ask stupid questions. The last person who did that was never seen with all their toes again.

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    ORIGINAL ART: TIER THREE - Want some original art? Good. Here's the deal. Backers at this level get a one of a kind watercolor commission from illustrator and Surreality colorist Kat Guevara. Pick your favorite FEMALE character from Surreality and Kat will paint her based upon your favorite pop culture vice (Star Wars, World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy, Doctor Who, etc.). Backers here also receive the standard cover of Surreality: Otherworld. Once you decide what character you want and what theme you want to go with, you must also keep Kat fed with a steady diet of whiskey and pain killers until she has completed your commission. This might seem odd, but that's how I get her to work....

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    ORIGINAL ART: TIER FOUR -

    In our travels around the country, we have met some amazing artists. One such artist is modern pin-up artist Scott Blair. Scott's amazing work has earned him an impressive following, and rightly so! His work is killer! Scott has partnered with us to create for backers at this level a 9"x12" marker sketch of any character (not limited to Surreality) you so desire. In addition to Scott's awesome sketch, you'll also receive the standard cover of Surreality: Otherworld.

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    ORIGINAL ART: TIER FIVE -

    Atlanta based artist Chris Hamer, aka Urbnpop, wants to sketch for you. Chris will draw you a one of a kind sketch of any character you so desire. You'll also receive the standard cover of Surreality: Otherworld.

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    ORIGINAL ART: TIER SIX - The cutest damn art this side of awesome comes via super-sugary artist Michael Banks, AKA Sugar Fueled! SF will do you a sketch of whatever character you want from the depths of your imagination in his signature style. Do it, and you'll also receive the standard cover of Surreality: Otherworld. Please note that bribing with sugary products is not only encouraged, but it promptly expected.

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    DREAM SEQUENCE PAGE!

    Chapter 2, Page 43.

    In addition to the standard cover of Surreality: Otherworld, one of you fan boys or girls out there will be lucky enough to own the original watercolor painting of Chapter 2, page 43. This beautiful painting was illustrated by Carla Wyzgala for the ongoing Surreality comic. The painting comes signed and ready for framing. CONTAINS NUDITY. Backers 18 and over only, please.

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    SURREALITY ART JAM!

    Caleb, Carla, and Kat will put their collective visions together and all work on a single painting for you, featuring each of their signature styles! Want a pillow fight with the girls? How about an intense conversation over coffee and dungeons and dragons? How about the three of them firing guns whilst jumping through the air? Whatever! The gang will create for you an original piece based on a theme provided by you. You'll also get a copy of the standard cover of the book. DO IT, FANBAG!

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    DREAM SEQUENCE PAGE!

    Chapter 2, Page 39.

    In addition to the standard cover of Surreality: Otherworld, one of you fan boys or girls out there will be lucky enough to own the original watercolor painting of Chapter 2, page 39. This beautiful painting was illustrated by Carla Wyzgala for the ongoing Surreality comic. The painting comes signed and ready for framing.

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    DREAM SEQUENCE PAGE!

    Chapter 2, Page 41.

    In addition to the standard cover of Surreality: Otherworld, one of you fan boys or girls out there will be lucky enough to own the original watercolor painting of Chapter 2, page 41. This beautiful painting was illustrated by Carla Wyzgala for the ongoing Surreality comic. The painting comes signed and ready for framing.

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    DREAM SEQUENCE PAGE! Chapter 2, Page 40. In addition to the standard cover of Surreality: Otherworld, one of you fan boys or girls out there will be lucky enough to own the original watercolor painting of Chapter 2, page 40. This beautiful painting was illustrated by Carla Wyzgala for the ongoing Surreality comic. The painting comes signed and ready for framing.

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    GINORMOUSLY AWESOME KICK ASS PARTY PAGKAGE OF DOOM!

    Ahem.

    Whatever I put here is bound to be a disappointment after that terrible title, but what the hey, I had to make it sound awesome if you're gonna fork over five hundred bucks.

    This tier of incentives offers a bunch of nifty crap. You'll get the exclusive print, the regular edition of the hardcover book (with sketch), TWO original pages of Surreality art, a copy of the Personality Complex graphic novel, AND.... wait for it.... wait... for

    it

    You'll get to be in the book! You'll actually have dialog! It'll look like you (or your mom, or whoever you specify)! Wow! Awesome! Kick Ass! Donkey punch your best friend!

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    DRINK AND DRAW PARTY!

    What? Yessir! You will get everything in the GINORMOUSLY AWESOME KICK ASS PARTY PACKAGE OF DOOM! tier, AND you'll be invited to a VIP Drink and Draw session with the crew of Surreality and some surprise guest artists! Don't draw? WHO CARES?! Come and hang out anyway! Don't drink? WHO CARES?! Come and hang out anyway.

    This reward is best for Chicago area people, otherwise you'll need to arrange your own transportation to and from Chicago. If you select this tier, we'll arrange for a date and time that works for everyone.

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