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Dreams are bought and sold on the streets and a massively powerful government is losing its grip all in a hugely intricate universe.
Dreams are bought and sold on the streets and a massively powerful government is losing its grip all in a hugely intricate universe.
Dreams are bought and sold on the streets and a massively powerful government is losing its grip all in a hugely intricate universe.
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Check our preview of the Limited Concept Issue! 

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For those of you coming late to the campaign, don't worry! You can find out how to get your hands on a copy over on our website: www.huckleberrycomics.com and follow us on Twitter @HuckleberryDSR to keep up with the latest from Huckleberry Comics! 

    Imagine a world where dreams are literally bought and sold on the streets. A world where wars are fought in alternate planes of reality and the grip of a massively powerful government is slipping. Watch the United Imperial Nation’s slow motion collapse though the eyes of people from the highest U.I.N. order all the way down to the criminal classes; as well as outsiders, intelligent machines, crime lords and just your average joe.  

   Our fist issue will follow Leech, John, Jake and Salvia as their lives are set on a collision course with a fate none of them could have predicted. Check out the first seven sample pages down below to get the flavor of what we're trying to do here at Huckleberry Comics and most importantly, enjoy! If you like it consider checking out the many very cool rewards we have at all levels! Also, down below is a Q & A to learn more about the project as well as more in depth info on what Z's and Ethers really are.

 Isn't that cover cool?! You can get a poster of it as one of the rewards. Just, ya know ... figured I'd mention it ;)

 Because this is hard to read on Kickstarter, I'll just write the exposition here to save you the squinting: 

     "I used to live in Lagula city. Which, as you probably know, has a population of right around 150 Million. I was one of the lucky ones, living the good life on L4. I got to where I was by having good foresight. Seeing trends, noticing where things were headed. So when I decided to leave, people wanted to know why. And my answer was simple, I saw where things were going, and I didn’t like it. The Radicals weren’t the only reason, but they were a part of it. And at the time they were nothing more than a whisper’s echo. Today that’s grown into an audible his and the higher ups are starting to shift in their gilded chairs. But you’ll see what’s to come. We all will. Right now, I want to show you how this whole twisted tale began."

 

 

 

 

 

Remember in the video, how I said when the story switches to follow a different character the art style changes with it, but the colorist stays the same to keep the cohesive feel of the universe? This is a page from where we start to follow John and Salvia, so you can get an idea of what that style looks and feels like:

 Alright, there's your taste of Dream State Radicals! If you like the style, if you like the concept, or just think this would a be a cool thing to have in your collection please consider helping us out here on Kickstarter. We have some pretty awesome rewards lined up including variant covers, signed copies, concept art post cards, posters, and a whole bunch of other fun stuffs! Check it out on the side bar to your right and down below. 

Z's & Ethers

Z on the left Ether on the right
Z on the left Ether on the right

In the DSR universe dreams are recorded (and sometimes synthesized) from people like artists. Artists Z's, as they're called, in other words their dreams, are very sought after due to uniqueness of the experience. Once the dream is recorded it's stored in a sort of long thin glass canister with silvered steel bars around the exterior. It's about 3 inches long and a little thicker than a pen. They glow all different colors. It's replaced pretty much all drug use as it's the ultimate escape, you can experience super detailed dreams in first person and you get to choose what you want to experience. Wether it's being the biggest celebrity on Mars, staring in your very own spy thriller, or walking through a filed of strawberries you get to choose the reality you want to experience. But once a dream (or Z) is used it's gone forever. It's a single use deal. And they're not cheap. They vary in price, the more sought after the person who created the Z the pricier it is. Like a brand name sort of. However, there's also Ethers. Ethers are the same shell structure as a Z except they glow a fluorescent green. Ethers are persistent dream states that don't go away. They're like permanently accessible alternate realities. As the U.I.N. is in slow motion collapse it's the only place left the government can hide their secrets. Walkers are basically lucid dreamers who can manipulate the dream state and can actually bend the reality itself. 

If you're interested in hearing more about the background of Dream State Radicals, Huckleberry Comics and how this whole thing came to be, here's a few bits of a Q&A I did about the project just this month:

Q: How excited are you to launch Huckleberry Comics and what was the inspiration?

A: I’m very excited, but also very proud of what we have managed to produce thus far. These artists are so talented and have such a unique approach I am blown away by the final product. I couldn’t have hoped for a better team. As a published poet and writer I have ideas for novels and stories quite often. One of them was a Blade Runner inspired gritty sci-fi thriller. It was supposed to be a novel, but it just wasn’t working. It wasn’t ‘jelling’ as they say. I mentioned the concept of the story to a friend and he said, “Hey, that would be so cool in graphic novel form.” So I got in touch with a pencil and inker over at Dark Horse Comics and asked him a few questions about it. It seemed expensive, time consuming and difficult. But I love a challenge. After converting the novel to graphic novel format I found that this medium, the graphic novel, was perfect. Things started to fall into place and I never looked back. There couldn’t be a better way to tell the story of Dream State Radicals and I’m thrilled with where this project has been and am incredibly excited for both the future of Dream State Radicals and Huckleberry Comics.

Q: How will the money raised help you further your cause? 

A: 100% of the funds raised on Kickstarter will go towards the production of our debut flagship title, Dream State Radicals. We have nearly a dozen talented artists working on this project and they all, rightly so, expect to be paid for their work. That includes letterers, colorists, multiple pencil and inkers, concept artists etc. Not to mention the printing cost of the physical copies (which is where 50% of the money raised is going. And of course the rewards (which are substantial and plentiful) They all cost money to be designed and produced. I would like to note that I have funded the first 8 pages out of pocket and all those pages are viewable on our website and on our Kickstarter campaign page.  

Q: When people read your graphic novels, what do you hope they get out of it? 

A: My goal when creating Dream State Radicals was to forge a universe as detailed and unique as Harry Potter or Star Wars. A place where readers could lose themselves and come to think of the characters as close friends or even family. I sometimes have readers ask me about what my specific intent for a poem is or the deeper meaning behind a short story and I always refuse to say. Whatever it might have been was simply fuel to create a work of art, how it’s interpreted is up the the reader. It’s one of the things that makes the process and the product beautiful, and I feel the same way about Dream State Radicals.

Don't forget to read the descriptions for each of these panels on the right side bar, they might give you a chuckle. 

Immortalization, what could go wrong?

 

 Here's a pretty O.K. screen-cap of one of the concept art post cards:

 Cool right? Imagine that in printed glossy goodness!

The poster of the many levels is the elevator panel from page one by the way, without the exposition so you can see all the cool details.

This is where things get interesting. Signed variant covers, exclusive trading cards, physical Z's from the DSR universe ... 

 I mean ... who wouldn't want to be a board member, right?! Anyway, if you liked any of the cool stuff you just read through up there just clickity clack one of those support buttons on the right. And what would help us out almost as much as directly supporting the project, is letting other people know about it! Wether you mention it to a co-worker, family member or go to a con to spread the gospel of Dream State Radicals whilst cosplaying as Leech, it would be super appreciated and helpful! 

Korean

Korean is a a common second language in the universe of DSR. There's an actual storyline reason for this, but really it's just because I like Korean and think it's a super cool language! Anyway, because of that we have a translator (as you saw in the intro video) on staff. Which would make it, although somewhat more expensive, not entirely too difficult to get this produced in both in English and Korean. So, if enough of the backers here are interested in getting a Korean copy of Dream State Radicals just mention it either here on Kickstarter or by tweeting us @HuckleberryDSR

Thanks!

And don't forget about those stretch goals!

 

Risks and challenges

Well, I suppose the biggest risk isn't meeting our fundraising goal! In which case Huckleberry Comics and Dream State Radicals will cease to be. Other than that, I suppose writer's block could be a threat but the entire first issue is already written!

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    Commander. A title even to the people who hate them find impressive. These guys are not to be messed with and hold significant power in society. An excellent level to help make Dream State Radicals a reality. Not only do you get the other perks but an added poster of Lagula Cities many levels.

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