Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
HYPNO KOMIX project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
$742 pledged of $3,000 goal
backers
By Jason Lucia
$742 pledged of $3,000 goal
backers

About this project

Good evening.

I'm Jason Squamata.  I write comics.  Graphic novels, if you will.

I write a lot of things, in fact, but my favorite thing to write is a comic book script.

There's something about the form,

telling stories visually in a medium unbound by budget or physics.

Writing panel by panel recipes for beautiful images.

Running movies in my head according to predetermined plot beats.

Daydreaming a collage and dictating its contents 

in an intimate letter to one special artist

whose aesthetic splices perfectly with the story and gives it shimmering skin.

A comic script is telepathy in print,

sheet music for a hallucination that I share 

with the complex visual headspace of my collaborator.

Dream photography flashed and frozen in pages, frames, and bubbles.

A collage that comes to life when you start reading it.

...

To find ONE such artist, who can interpret and convert these psychedelic loveletters

into actual magazine-sized explosions of graphic glory and sequential splendor...

To find ONE such artist would be a blessing.

To find THREE such artists is a miracle.

It happened to ME, and I want to share this miracle with you...and the world.

...

HYPNO KOMIX.  Four titles.  Six issues each.

Illustrated by three visionary art-monsters...

OWEN HUNTER is a brilliant, classically trained comics prodigy with a Herge-esque European finesse to his line and his density of detail.

The acting of his figures will enchant and immerse you in a world so vivid, it competes with reality.  And completes it.

Owen draws OTHERMAN & THE ORAKULOIDS.

******************

SIR RICHARD WENTWORTH is a secret legend, 

a virtuoso cartoonist whose style splices the vicious graphic minimalism of Saul Bass

with the crackling hoo-hah intensity of Jack Kirby.

You may know Wentworth's unmistakeable eye from album covers and concert posters.

He draws TEENAGE LUVKRAFT and plays the cosmic surf of its soundtrack like the rock star he is.

********************

Then there's ANDREW Mc KENZIE, a dashing art superstar who learned weird graphic magicks in the Orient.

His bold design stylings evoke an optical UberPop mix of Bridget Riley and Jim Steranko.

His every page is a ravishing mash-up of harsh geometries and hypnotic symbol systems.

His mode is nouveau noir hardboiled psychedelia on HYPNOZINE

and hi-res HypnoPunk propaganda pastiche on AMERIKAN ZERO!.

The four of us have been working like demons on these comics for the past couple of years.

I have six issues for each book plotted and thumbnailed and the first two issues of each book scripted.

We all have dayjobs and some of us have families, so the process has moved a little more slowly than we'd like,

'but, at long last, these books are ready to hit the streets.

We are ready to unleash a line of fresh visions, fresh characters, and fresh worlds on the marketplace.

If you love fierce and beautiful images.

If you love strange and beautiful stories.

If you love graphic novels that are designed for weirdling adults and wise children,

If you love comics.

You will love HYPNO KOMIX.

And, like someone in love, you can help these books to hatch, grow, and circulate.

You can help us make our dream a reality.

By helping these stories and these images get into the heads of the people who will love them,

you can help make the world a stranger place.

We need funds to print and distribute a limited run of

OTHERMAN & THE ORAKULOIDS #1

TEENAGE LUVKRAFT #1

AMERIKAN ZER0! #1

and HYPNOZINE #'s 1 and 2.

Your donation will also help us to soup up and maintain our website

and acquire the software that will make these books available to you digitally.

We'll be selling the books through our site and through select retailers.

I'll be shipping them personally.

Money raised beyond our goal will allow me to pay my artists,

'buying them some time to illustrate the next episode of each book, and the episodes to come.

Without tooting my own horn or the horns of my cohorts,

I honestly feel that these books are so beautiful and so original that they NEED to be seen.  Everywhere.

And we have four more titles thoroughly outlined, waiting in the wings.

These comics, their sequels, their spin-offs, the HYPNO KOMIX to come, the books yet undreamt of...

all this art will be "cool" and "crazy" and "fun" at the very least, 

but it COULD add up to an aesthetic revolution, a revolution of the eye and the heart and the mind.

A HYPNOCRACY, if you will.

Your enthusiasm and kindness and generosity will buy you a place in this HYPNOCRACY.

So...

thank you for hearing me out.  If you've made it THIS far, you're my kind of people.

HYPNO people.

You can find sample pages, script excerpts, soundscape downloads, and promotional videos for all our titles on

HYPNOKOMIX.COM

the HYPNO KOMIX channel on YouTube.

the HYPNO KOMIX blog at blogspot.com.

You can get the freshest updates by subscribing to the HYPNO Twitter feed.

You can LIKE the HYPNO KOMIX FAN PAGE ON FACEBOOK.

Feel free to friend me while you're at it.

I'm Jason Squamata, in the HYPNOPLEX, designing and deepening univrses as we speak.

Thank you to Kickstarter, this marvelous interweb oasis of compassion in a desert of trivia and greed.

And thank YOU, my friend.

We will be so very thankful for any contribution you can make to our endeavor.

The rewards we would offer you in return are listed below.

HYPNOCRACY NOW.

NOW=FOREVER.


Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    You get a personalized thank you on the HYPNO KOMIX WEBSITE. You are added to our mailing list as a HYPNO KID. All the latest HYPNO updates, delivered directly to your inbox.

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    You get a PDF of HYPNOZINE #1 by Squamata and Mc Kenzie, with a complete spoken word soundscape by Jason Squamata, Esotronica, and Sir Richard Wentworth.

    Less
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    You get PDFs of HYPNOZINE #1 and #2, with a complete spoken word soundscape for both issues.

    Less
    10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    You get a PDF of all four first issues: HYPNOZINE #1, OTHERMAN & THE ORAKULOIDS #1, TEENAGE LUVKRAFT #1, and AMERIKAN ZER0! #1.

    Less
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    You get one copy (in print) of each first issue (see above) and HYPNOZINE #2, along with a complete HYPNOZINE soundscape and an original sketch by Sir Richard Wentworth.

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    You get one copy (in print) of each first issue (see above) and HYPNOZINE #2, along with a complete HYPNOZINE soundscape, an original sketch by Sir Richard Wentworth, and one HYPNOZINE poster by Andrew Mc Kenzie.

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    You get one copy (in print) of each first issue (see above) and HYPNOZINE #2, along with a complete HYPNOZINE soundscape, an original sketch by Sir Richard Wentworth, one HYPNOZINE poster by Andrew Mc Kenzie, and a "BIRTH OF HYPNO" DVD (including a behind the scenes featurette and a collection of promotional videos).

    Less
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    You get one copy (in print) of each first issue (see above) and HYPNOZINE #2, along with a complete HYPNOZINE soundscape, an original sketch by Sir Richard Wentworth, a "BIRTH OF HYPNO" DVD (including a behind the scenes featurette and a collection of promotional videos), and 2 HYPNOZINE posters by Andrew Mc Kenzie.

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    You get one copy (in print) of each first issue (see above) and HYPNOZINE #2, along with a complete HYPNOZINE soundscape, an original sketch by Sir Richard Wentworth, a "BIRTH OF HYPNO" DVD (including a behind the scenes featurette and a collection of promotional videos), 2 HYPNOZINE posters by Andrew Mc Kenzie, a HYPNO KOMIX sketchbook PDF, and a poster representing your favorite HYPNO title.

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    You get one copy (in print) of each first issue (see above) and HYPNOZINE #2, along with a complete HYPNOZINE soundscape, an original sketch by Sir Richard Wentworth, a "BIRTH OF HYPNO" DVD (including a behind the scenes featurette and a collection of promotional videos), 2 HYPNOZINE posters by Andrew Mc Kenzie, a HYPNO KOMIX sketchbook PDF, a poster representing your favorite HYPNO title, AND if you submit a short bio and a picture of yourself and indicate a preference as to the HYPNO world you would like to inhabit. you will be written into the story, provided with a nicely designed microfiction and a sketch of your character. You get a thank you in the first issue of each book.

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    You get one copy (in print) of each first issue (see above) and HYPNOZINE #2, along with a complete HYPNOZINE soundscape, an original sketch by Sir Richard Wentworth, a "BIRTH OF HYPNO" DVD (including a behind the scenes featurette and a collection of promotional videos), 2 HYPNOZINE posters by Andrew Mc Kenzie, a HYPNO KOMIX sketchbook PDF, a poster representing your favorite HYPNO title, AND if you submit a short bio and a picture of yourself and indicate a preference as to the HYPNO world you would like to inhabit. you will be written into the story, provided with a nicely designed microfiction and a sketch of your character AND a full script for a 10-page story featuring your character, with thumbnails and sketches by Squamata. Also a personalized audio book with Squamata reading the short story, album lyrics, or favorite chapter from the novel of your choice.
    You get a thank you in the first issue of each book.

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    You get one copy (in print) of each first issue (see above) and HYPNOZINE #2, along with a complete HYPNOZINE soundscape, an original sketch by Sir Richard Wentworth, a "BIRTH OF HYPNO" DVD (including a behind the scenes featurette and a collection of promotional videos), 2 HYPNOZINE posters by Andrew Mc Kenzie, a HYPNO KOMIX sketchbook PDF, a poster representing your favorite HYPNO title, AND if you submit a short bio and a picture of yourself and indicate a preference as to the HYPNO world you would like to inhabit. you will be written into the story, provided with a nicely designed microfiction and a sketch of your character AND a full script for a 10-page story featuring your character, with thumbnails and sketches by Squamata. Also a personalized audio book with Squamata reading the short story, album lyrics, or favorite chapter from the novel of your choice.
    You also get an inked original page of comic art by SIr Richard Wentworth or Owen Hunter.
    You get a thank you in the first six issues of each book.
    You also win a dream date with Jason Squamata.

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    You get one copy (in print) of each first issue (see above) and HYPNOZINE #2, along with a complete HYPNOZINE soundscape, an original sketch by Sir Richard Wentworth, a "BIRTH OF HYPNO" DVD (including a behind the scenes featurette and a collection of promotional videos), 2 HYPNOZINE posters by Andrew Mc Kenzie, a HYPNO KOMIX sketchbook PDF, a poster representing your favorite HYPNO title, AND if you submit a short bio and a picture of yourself and indicate a preference as to the HYPNO world you would like to inhabit. you will be written into the story, provided with a nicely designed microfiction and a sketch of your character AND a full script for a 10-page story featuring your character, with thumbnails and sketches by Squamata. Also a personalized audio book with Squamata reading the short story, album lyrics, or favorite chapter from the novel of your choice. You also get an inked original page of comic art by SIr Richard Wentworth or Owen Hunter. You get a thank you in the first six issues of each book. You also get the option of NOT having a dream date with Jason Squamata. But let us know. Otherwise, he'll be on his way over.

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (60 days)