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A 32-page sci-fi comic exploring causality and determinism.
What's done cannot be undone. Is what's not done determined elsewhere?
A 32-page sci-fi comic exploring causality and determinism.
What's done cannot be undone. Is what's not done determined elsewhere?
A 32-page sci-fi comic exploring causality and determinism. What's done cannot be undone. Is what's not done determined elsewhere?
84 backers pledged £2,401 to help bring this project to life.

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Undetermined Vol. 1: Placed into Abyss - Sci-Fi Comic

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Stretch Goal City...!

Stretch #1 - Sticker Pack - Unlocked

Stretch #2 - Beer Mats - Unlocked

Stretch #3 - Bottle Opener - Unlocked

Stretch #4 - Papercraft cutout - Unlocked

Stretch #5 - Fridge Magnet - Unlocked

Stretch #6 - Window Sticker - Locked (for now...)

What's a Papercraft? An genius cut-out-and-keep model of the Undetermined characters. Episode #1 will be Robert. Here's an example of a previous Papercraft model from the artist.

Sample Papercraft cutout set
Sample Papercraft cutout set

You think your future is Undetermined? Think again...

"Believable characters in a fantastical story that manages to keep a smart edge to it without dumbing down or patronizing the reader, this ends up being one of those surprise packages that turn up in the indie world every now and then." Comics Anonymous

"I wasn't sure exactly where I was going until the last page of this comic, and on subsequent re-reads, I found the genius that's embedded deep into its DNA. This is an intelligent work that will stimulate good imagination and conversation. I highly recommend getting lost a little in Robert's "typical" life." Fanbase Press

"Behind every good storytelling is a social commentary of substantial quality. Perry digs into our modern landscape and transcribes it well into the pages of Undetermined" DecayMag

Robert is your typical teenager. Grumpy. Lonely. Centre of his own universe. He'd gladly swap his life with anyone...   

A not-so-chance encounter with a girl from school begins to change his life, his decisions and his destiny. But not in a way he could ever imagine. 

Join Robert, and his best buddy, Cat, as he discovers why his future is still undetermined.

Or is it...?
Or is it...?

Themes of Quantum Multiverses 

Undetermined explores ideas of causality and determinism. In quantum theory, every decision is played out across infinite multiverses. 

What if we could swap lives with the versions of ourselves who made those different decisions? What would happen to the universe we left behind? 

Are all our futures undetermined? Or are we directed by a higher authority?

Ever looked in a mirror and wondered who was looking back?
Ever looked in a mirror and wondered who was looking back?

The idea behind Undetermined
 

Undetermined is a collection of ideas I've had over the years. The first idea comes from years back when my mother placed two mirrors at opposite ends of our front room, creating an infinity mirror effect. I felt disturbed by my reflection descending perceptually into darkness. Of all those other me's, what if one was different? Where might they have come from, and were they looking back at me?

The concept of multiverses and quantum physics has always fascinated me. If the theory is true that all our decisions are played out across an infinite number of multiverses, is there a link between us? Entanglement theory suggests this is the case... So imagine if we could manipulate these alternate universes and versions of ourselves to our advantage?

This isn't about changing the past and creating time-travel paradoxes. Rather, what if an event could stress the fabric between these multiverses, allowing us to replace the version of ourselves who'd made that alternate decision?

Calamity can follow a series of events
Calamity can follow a series of events

Determinism vs Chaos  

Are our fates determined? Or does free-will allow us our own choices?

Perhaps there is a higher order allowing us free-will, but curtailing the extent to which we can express it.

If such an authority exists, what if it began to lose control? What if another force began to assert chaos, disturbing the deterministic flow of our universe?

Chance encounters?
Chance encounters?

Undetermined Vol. 1: Placed into Abyss  

Volume 1 begins to explore these ideas and many more, introducing us to Robert, who (like all teenagers) thinks the world revolves around him. 

Maybe in Robert's case, this might have an element of truth...

We all need a little 'me' time...
We all need a little 'me' time...

Stretch Targets 

Before we look at the rewards, here are the additional goodies you'll receive if you backed the 'Actual Comic Pack' and above:

£1,350 - Undetermined Sticker pack 

£1,500 - Undetermined Beer/drink mats 

£1,750 - Undetermined Bottle Openers

£2,000 - Undetermined Papercraft cutout

£2,250 - Undetermined Fridge Magnet

£2,500 - Undetermined Window Sticker

Rewards 

We have a very special reward available on our later tiers.

This is our Undetermined Infinity Mirror; USB-powered, custom-built and wrapped in the comic's images.

What's more, the Infinity Mirror is remote controlled, so you can adjust the colours of the lights and the transitional effects.  

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For something even more special, if you back the limited edition top-tier reward, you will receive a larger, custom designed Infinity Mirror with text of your choice.   

We've also created a jigsaw (which is a tough one, believe me):

And dedicated some earrings to Cat: 

Let's run down the rewards:  

Undetermined Production  

The Writer - Andy Perry

Andy is an estranged Northerner, now living in London. He has a funny accent which few people down South can understand. This is particularly problematic when ordering Toast or Coke.  

Andy has always had a passion for writing, and has recently taken a break from a career in IT to focus on a number of writing projects, one of which is Undetermined.

You can find out more about him at https://andrewmarkperry.com

There is an author Q&A at the Review Fix site

The Artist - Chris Holmes

Chris is a British expat now living in New Zealand where he runs his own marketing and design company. Chris is a big Death’s Head comic fan, and you can see his art across various websites and social media pages.  

Video Voice Artist - Rebecca Travers

Rebecca is a Welsh actress, singer and voice-over artist currently living and working in London. She has performed in theatres and short films, and records regular voice work for charity and private sector companies. You can read more about Rebecca at her website.  

Infinity Box Production - Darrell Strike

Darrell Strike specialises in IT System Integration, Solution Architecture and Data Security. But he really gets his kicks out of modifying, hacking and jail-breaking any electronic gadgets he can lay his hands on. Styling towards Retro and Steampunk themes, Gaming Machines and Arcade cabinets are a passion he never gets tired of. You see some of Darrell’s creations at his Pinterest site. 

Special thank-you - Simon Birks from Blue Fox Comics

A special thank-you goes to Simon for all his support and advice from the comic idea's inception through to its launch. Simon's help has not only been invaluable, but his comics such as Hexes, Sinners and Robyn have been inspirational. If you haven't already, check out his collection at his website.  

Proof Readers

Thanks also go to Jack Jennings for being one of the best spotters of a missing/misused apostrophe. Check out Jack's band 'You Win Again Gravity' at their site.

Thanks also to Sam Marshall for proof-reading and providing encouraging feedback.

Beyond Undetermined

Robert's journey will continue in Undetermined Vol.1 - Episode 2

Thank-you! 

For taking the time to read about Undetermined. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section.

Risks and challenges

We have a finished comic, ready for press. We have built the Infinity Mirrors ready for shipping, and designed the rest of the merchandise!

Funding this Kickstarter will ensure the comic goes to press and that the rest of the rewards are ordered and shipped to you in all their glory.

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    Deluxe Digital Pack

    A high-quality PDF of Undetermined Vol. 1, including extra bonus material.

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    An Actual Comic Pack

    Receive a print copy of Undetermined Vol. 1 comic through the post PLUS the Deluxe Digital Pack in your inbox.

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    I've Signed My Life Away Pack

    Receive an author signed Undetermined Vol. 1 comic through the post PLUS the Deluxe Digital Pack in your inbox.

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    Deluxe Print Pack

    Receive a signed Undetermined Vol. 1 comic, four A5 prints, a bookmark, pocket mirror AND have your name printed in the back of the comic! PLUS the Deluxe Digital Pack.

    Includes:
    • Undetermined Vol. 1 Deluxe PDF with extra bonus material
    • Signed Undetermined Vol. 1 Printed Colour Comic
    • Your Name printed in the back of Undetermined Vol. 1
    • Set of 4 Undetermined A5 Prints
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    My Life's in Pieces Pack

    Everyone loves a jigsaw! Receive the Deluxe Print Pack PLUS an Undetermined jigsaw.

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    • Undetermined Vol. 1 Deluxe PDF with extra bonus material
    • Signed Undetermined Vol. 1 Printed Colour Comic
    • Your Name printed in the back of Undetermined Vol. 1
    • Set of 4 Undetermined A5 Prints
    • An Undetermined Bookmark
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    My Style is Undetermined Pack

    Looking Undetermined? Receive the 'My Life's in Pieces Pack' PLUS 'Cat' earrings and an Undetermined branded T-Shirt!

    Includes:
    • Undetermined Vol. 1 Deluxe PDF with extra bonus material
    • Signed Undetermined Vol. 1 Printed Colour Comic
    • Your Name printed in the back of Undetermined Vol. 1
    • Set of 4 Undetermined A5 Prints
    • An Undetermined Bookmark
    • An Undetermined Pocket Mirror
    • A pair of Undetermined Cat Earrings
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    Placed into Abyss Pack

    Ever stared into the Abyss? Now's your chance! Receive the 'My Style is Undetermined Pack' PLUS an Undetermined USB-powered, remote-controlled Infinity Mirror!

    Includes:
    • Undetermined Vol. 1 Deluxe PDF with extra bonus material
    • Signed Undetermined Vol. 1 Printed Colour Comic
    • Your Name printed in the back of Undetermined Vol. 1
    • Set of 4 Undetermined A5 Prints
    • An Undetermined Bookmark
    • An Undetermined Pocket Mirror
    • An Undetermined Jigsaw
    • A pair of Undetermined Cat Earrings
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    Undetermined Origins

    How was Undetermined determined? Receive the 'Placed into Abyss Pack' PLUS Original Artwork AND have your own custom Avatar created by the artist.

    Includes:
    • Undetermined Vol. 1 Deluxe PDF with extra bonus material
    • Signed Undetermined Vol. 1 Printed Colour Comic
    • Your Name printed in the back of Undetermined Vol. 1
    • Set of 4 Undetermined A5 Prints
    • An Undetermined Bookmark
    • An Undetermined Pocket Mirror
    • An Undetermined Jigsaw
    • A pair of Undetermined Cat Earrings
    • An Undetermined One T-shirt
    • An Undetermined Infinity Mirror
    • Original Undetermined Comic Artwork
    • Custom Avatar designed by the Undetermined Artist
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    Multiversally Undetermined Pack

    Become uniquely Undetermined... Receive the 'Placed into Abyss Pack' PLUS we will build you a larger, custom Infinity Mirror with the text of your choice. You will also receive the front or back cover Original Artwork and a custom designed Avatar created by the artist. AND have yourself or your comic character crossover into the Undetermined Multiverse in Vol. 2.

    Includes:
    • Undetermined Vol. 1 Deluxe PDF with extra bonus material
    • Signed Undetermined Vol. 1 Printed Colour Comic
    • Your Name printed in the back of Undetermined Vol. 1
    • Set of 4 Undetermined A5 Prints
    • An Undetermined Bookmark
    • An Undetermined Jigsaw
    • An Undetermined Pocket Mirror
    • A pair of Undetermined Cat Earrings
    • An Undetermined One T-shirt
    • Custom Avatar designed by the Undetermined Artist
    • Original Front or Back cover art
    • Customised Undetermined Infinity Mirror
    • Crossover into the Undetermined Multiverse
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    Alternately Undetermined Pack

    Take a trip to an alternate reality... Receive the 'Placed into Abyss Pack' PLUS we will build you a larger, custom Infinity Mirror with the text of your choice. You will also receive alternate front or back cover Original Artwork and a custom designed Avatar created by the artist. AND have yourself or your comic character crossover into the Undetermined Multiverse in Vol. 2.

    Includes:
    • Undetermined Vol. 1 Deluxe PDF with extra bonus material
    • Signed Undetermined Vol. 1 Printed Colour Comic
    • Your Name printed in the back of Undetermined Vol. 1
    • Set of 4 Undetermined A5 Prints
    • An Undetermined Bookmark
    • An Undetermined Jigsaw
    • An Undetermined Pocket Mirror
    • A pair of Undetermined Cat Earrings
    • An Undetermined One T-shirt
    • Custom Avatar designed by the Undetermined Artist
    • Customised Undetermined Infinity Mirror
    • Crossover into the Undetermined Multiverse
    • Original Alternate Cover Artwork
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