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7 dystopian short stories by writer/artist Morgan Adam Miller PLUS a Kickstarter exclusive SOUNDTRACK

About this project

This project is thought-provoking and sure to rile your imagination. Every panel of the graphic novel and every sound of the original soundtrack are very unique in their approach of creating a sublime atmosphere that will make you sympathize with the characters, but be glad you're not one of them. You'll feel warm and fuzzy, yet defeated. This is Dystopica.

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 STRETCH GOALS!

Ok, I've been talking about stretch goals, so here's what I'm planning at the moment:

IF WE REACH $700- Bonus Legend of Zelda inspired track for the soundtrack (7-8 minutes long probably)

IF WE REACH $800- I will draw a one-of-a-kind pencil sketch on the inside cover for every backer that is already receiving a signed copy of Dystopica, IN ADDITION to my signature

If we happen to reach those stretch goals, I will post some new stretch goals. 

 Personally, I am a big fan of Kickstarter (I've backed 75+ projects), and have found that both the comic and music communities here are particularly awesome. My project is high quality and pretty unique, and I think that the Kickstarter crowd is the perfect fit to make it happen. One thing that I wanted to achieve with this project was to make a quality product with a great amount of value for the backers.

I have no plans to make it rich with Dystopica. I just want to be able to unleash this creative passion project, and get it into as many interested hands as possible. It is for this reason that I am attempting to price my rewards much closer to the cost for backers, as opposed to a retail price.

 Dystopica is a 48-page graphic novel anthology that is composed of several short stories.  Each story's topic shares a common theme- it takes place in a dystopian setting (see what I did there?) in which the reader gets a small glimpse of the inhabitant(s)'s life.

The front cover of Dystopica
The front cover of Dystopica

My inspiration for employing this format of storytelling came from a wide array of other works, such as Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone TV series, video games like Majora's MaskIco and Fragile Dreams, and various short stories by great authors, such as Edgar Allen Poe and Ray Bradbury.

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Not only is each story entertaining and intriguing, but each one is crafted in a manner in which the readers' imagination and analytic skills are able to form their own interpretation of the narratives, lessons, events, explanations, characters and everything else that comprises each story.

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What does this mean?  It means that I don't spell out every detail of the story, so that the readers' mind will fill in the details and create their own story background.  Each tale simply thrusts you into the middle of the story, without spending a single line of dialogue explaining how you got there, or where you are going.

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I want you to ask yourself questions such as, "Who is this character and what are they doing here?" or "What has happened to the world and what went wrong?"  So far, I am very pleased with the results, and have already seen that there will be many different interpretations of the stories among various readers.

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 I was very particular in utilizing an art style that would really compliment the material nicely while giving the reader something fun, different, and interesting to look at.  I was sure to avoid using a very drab color palette drowning in shades of brown and gray that is so common among the genre.

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 I wanted the art to be dark and dismal, reflecting the dystopian setting and struggles of the characters, yet bright and vibrant to evoke a feeling of hope.

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 *The Dystopica original soundtrack is exclusively available only to backers of this Kickstarter project.

As a musician AND an artist, one of the most satisfying creations is when you mix music with imagery.  The soundtrack explores soundscapes that take the listener from the darkest corners of the room, lift them up, and then send them soaring through the atmosphere before dropping them into the middle of the darkest ocean via lonely guitars, drums, and keys that evolve, crescendo, and combust, accompanied by several strings, effects, random sounds, and more. It is definitely the musical equivalent to the book!

The tracks opt for a more classical approach through movements and segments, akin to (surprise!) musical scores for movies and plays. It is also because of this that each track will range from approximately 6 minutes to around 12 minutes in length. The final Dystopica digital soundtrack will last 45+ minutes from start to finish, with the possibility of adding even more tracks, depending on stretch goals.

To give you an idea of what the soundtrack sounds like, imagine a combination of the bands Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, and Angels and Airwaves.

To give you an even better idea, watch the video at the top of the page. Every note that bounces out of your speakers and into your earballs is from the Dystopica original soundtrack.

Also, if you want to skip the video, you can directly listen to some samples of the tracks by clicking on these:

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$1- Thank You!

As appreciation for your help, I'll give you one free song from the Dystopica Soundtrack.

Free Song from the Digital Soundtrack
Free Song from the Digital Soundtrack

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 $5- Digital Book

For just $5 you can receive a full digital copy of Dystopica.

Digital Book
Digital Book

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$5- Digital Soundtrack

Just want the Dystopica Soundtrack?  For just $5, you get the whole thing (45+ minutes of music!)

Digital Soundtrack
Digital Soundtrack

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 $8- Digital Combo

$8 will net you the whole digital book and the whole soundtrack for a discounted price!

Digital Book + Digital Soundtrack
Digital Book + Digital Soundtrack

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$13- Physical Copy of the Book

If you just want the printed copy of Dystopica

Printed Book
Printed Book

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$15- Physical Copy + The Digital Soundtrack

Add two bucks, and I'll throw in the soundtrack

Printed Book + Digital Soundtrack
Printed Book + Digital Soundtrack

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$20- Deluxe Edition

Here's the most bang for your buck! If you donate the retail price for the book, I'll give you a signed copy of Dystopica, the digital soundtrack, TWO signed posters (11x17"), and YOUR NAME will be printed in the "Thank You" page of the book for all to see!

The Book(signed)+Soundtrack+2 Posters(signed)+YOUR NAME in the "Thank You" page of book
The Book(signed)+Soundtrack+2 Posters(signed)+YOUR NAME in the "Thank You" page of book

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$50- Collector's Edition

If you like one-of-a-kind stuff, this reward tier is for you!  You will get everything from the Deluxe Edition tier PLUS I will send you my notes for one of the stories.  Get a glimpse of the creative process with sketches, page layouts, story outlines and more!  Usually written in a notebook, but not always.  I'll sign them and take a picture with them for authenticity.  Only 7 of these rewards are available (one for each story)

The Book(signed)+Soundtrack+2 Posters(signed)+YOUR NAME in the "Thank You" page of book+My Notes for One of the Stories
The Book(signed)+Soundtrack+2 Posters(signed)+YOUR NAME in the "Thank You" page of book+My Notes for One of the Stories

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$70- Inked Art Commission Edition

Want a commission piece of comic art?  For only $70, you get everything from the Deluxe Edition tier, PLUS I will draw and digitally ink any 1 or 2 character portraits of your choice.  Choose ANY character (or two) you want from ANY universe or franchise, and I will make it happen with your input.  I will email you a digital copy of the art.  As an alternative, if you would like a physical piece of commissioned art, you can choose to have a penciled (not inked) drawing on 11x17 bristol.

The Book(signed)+Soundtrack+2 Posters(signed)+YOUR NAME in the "Thank You" page of book+Inked Art Commission
The Book(signed)+Soundtrack+2 Posters(signed)+YOUR NAME in the "Thank You" page of book+Inked Art Commission

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$100- Colored Art Commission Edition

Similar to the Inked Art Commission reward, except I will draw, ink, and fully COLOR any one or two character pictures.  It will be emailed to you (no physical art option for this tier, sorry)

The Book(signed)+Soundtrack+2 Posters(signed)+YOUR NAME in the "Thank You" page of book+Colored Art Commission
The Book(signed)+Soundtrack+2 Posters(signed)+YOUR NAME in the "Thank You" page of book+Colored Art Commission

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WHERE'S THE MONEY GOING?


What's that? "Why such a low funding goal for such an awesome project?"  Well, I'm setting the goal low at $600 and the reward tiers low as well, so I can hopefully get people interested, hit the goal, and at least print some (about 80 for the small first run) copies of the book.  If we go over the target goal, great!  I'll get more copies printed and into shops!  If, somehow, we manage to go WAY over the goal, then I'll be sure to  add some extra stretch goal content!

The book is complete and I am putting the finishing touches on the soundtrack.  I am the only person involved in this project, so nobody still needs to get paid.  There is NO MORE money needed to go toward completing the content.

All of the money from this Kickstarter project will go directly to printing copies of the book, shipping rewards to backers, and paying Kickstarter and Amazon fees.  It is ready to go! 

Risks and challenges

Like I said, the book is complete. All of the music is recorded and I am putting on the finishing touches, which will be finished before this Kickstarter is even over!

The only risks that I could possibly foresee would be delays with the printer, or a massive equipment failure (and even then, I have several backups).

I have already spend about a year on this project, so all of the hard work is done and the risk is extremely minimal.

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    THANK YOU! Every little bit helps. And as a token of my gratitude, I will email you one song from the Dystopica Digital Soundtrack!

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    **DIGITAL BOOK** I will email you a DIGITAL copy of Dystopica

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    **DIGITAL SOUNDTRACK** You will receive a copy of the FULL Dystopica Soundtrack

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    **DIGITAL COMBO** You will receive a DIGITAL copy of Dystopica + the Dystopica Digital Soundtrack

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    **PHYSICAL COPY** Includes one PHYSICAL printed copy of Dystopica

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    **PHYSICAL COPY + SOUNDTRACK** Includes a physical copy of Dystopica + the Dystopica Digital Soundtrack

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    **DELUXE EDITION** Includes a SIGNED and NUMBERED physical printed copy of Dystopica + TWO Dystopica 11x17" posters (signed and numbered) + the Dystopica Digital Soundtrack + YOUR NAME IN THE "THANK YOU" PAGE of the book

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    **COLLECTOR'S EDITION** Includes EVERYTHING from the Deluxe Edition + my notes and planning materials for one of the stories (see reward description details to the left for more information)

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    **LINEART COMMISSION EDITION** Includes EVERYTHING from the Deluxe Edition + I will digitally draw and ink ANY 1 or 2 characters of your choice and send it to you along with a personal note of gratitude (see reward description details to the left for more information)

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    **COLORED COMMISSION EDITION** Includes EVERYTHING from the Lineart Commission Edition + I will color your commission! (see reward description details to the left for more information)

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