Reality Hackers volume 0.1: HERiTAGE
Issue 1 of a 3-part cyberpunk mini-series
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It's the Enlightenment 2.0, and Information is the New God.
Mankind has lost connection to the soul and awareness of the trueSource of reality.
In this nihilistic world, we are kept asleep. But it is a dreamless sleep.
An unscrupulous artificial sentience called the C.O.R.E. - the result of mankind’s unceasing strivings to become ‘more than human’ - appears outwardly as a machine. Infesting our cities, it spreads as far as possible across the human landscape in order to make even that a part of the ‘posthuman’.
The C.O.R.E. keeps us docile through suppressant drugs called the ‘dream-stoppers’, and the encouragement of mindless hedonism and self-indulgence. It considers the malleable, emotional human mind as having no business scrutinising the status quo, or using its subjective 'freedom' of thought to interpret it. Thus, a techno-totalitarianism has formed.
Humans possess the natural ability to access the source code of reality through a process called reality hacking. In its jealousy, the C.O.R.E. does everything in its power to stop signals emanating from the trueSource from reaching the human mind.
Some are born immune to the C.O.R.E.'s suppressant drugs. A minority of these individuals pass through undetected, living as secretive free-thinkers in society. They are known as the hackBloods.
Issue 0.1:HERITAGE presents a group of nine young hackBloods. In the desert, they create a paradise for themselves, free from the restricted and mindless world the C.O.R.E. has created for most sorry souls. This is the birth of their formation into the greatest hacker group ever known, and the beginning of their descent into chaos.
Their leader, Javentry AKA 'chAoTek218', recounts his childhood and coming to terms with his abilities. This is thus the beginning of his journey of figuring out just exactly what it means to be human in a truly post-human world.
Issue 1 essentially sets the stage for a journey of struggle against the C.O.R.E., and the seeds of a deliciously chao-rotic relationship between Javentry and his consort, Rubella Wyrda AKA 'morningstar'.
Issue 1 is fully inked, and in the process of being coloured and finalised. The Kickstarter funding will go towards printing, shipping and packaging this first issue, and costs for the higher tier rewards. I will finalise and announce stretch goals during the campaign in the event of going over the funding target.
If the campaign is successful I will be able to attend comic conventions this summer and autumn with the remaining copies of the comic, and get it out there! :) It will also help me to be in a better position to start the process of drawing issues 2 and 3, for which I will run a second, larger campaign, perhaps to collect all 3 issues into one volume.
For £2 you will receive a PDF of the comic in high-resolution through email, and get your name mentioned on the inside back cover.
For £5 you will receive the PDF copy and a signed, printed copy of the comic in full colour, and get your name mentioned on the inside back cover.
For £8 you will receive the PDF copy, a signed, printed copy of the comic in full colour, a set of 3 postcards with concept and cover art (I will post examples of these here soon) and get your name mentioned on the inside back cover.
Reality Hackers Soundtrack bundle
For £10 you will receive the PDF copy, a signed, printed copy of the comic in full colour, a set of 3 postcards with concept art, and a WAV file containing the exclusive Reality Hackers theme song made by the amazing synthwave artist Vosto and get your name mentioned on the inside back cover.
LIMITED - Personalised cyberpunk portrait bundle
For £50 you will receive all of the above, plus a personalised cyberpunk portrait of yourself or someone you know. All you need to do is send me a headshot photograph and I will cyberise you!! You will receive the other items in the bundle first, but please allow a few extra weeks to receive your portrait.
I have added 3 more of the personalised cyberpunk portrait £50 pledges – so grab them while they’re hot!!
PLEASE NOTE - Shipping is included in the pledge price for UK backers but outside of that is a small extra cost - please check this before pledging!
£1500 = Cover Art by a Special Guest Artist
I’m placing this stretch goal as the priority as it’s the most exciting! A very special artist that some of you may be familiar with has agreed to do an awesome cover design. If we can hit this it will be super cool and every person who pledges will get a copy with the special cover art!
In the case of not reaching the first major stretch goal by the end of the campaign, I will still try to meet the other, smaller stretch goal rewards if enough funds are made.
£1850 = Enamel pin badges of Rubella’s tattoo
You might have noticed the numerical tattoo on Rube’s head beside her brain device. What is its significance, you might ask? Well, this won’t be revealed until later in the story, but for now you can dedicate yourself to finding our her secret by wearing a replica of her tattoo on your jacket lapels, your neon swim shorts, your plasma gun holsters or simply decorating your backpack.
Every backer who pledges £10 or above will receive a pin badge in their package.
£2000 = x2 Trading cards featuring character bios of Javentry and Rubella
Start your collection of Reality Hackers trading cards with these two weirdos!
Every backer who pledges £8 or above will receive x2 character trading cards in their package.
It has been my dream since childhood to hold a fully finished, coloured and professionally printed comic book of my artwork and story in my hands. I hope that you can help me make this dream a reality, and receive something meaningful and entertaining from the story in the process. I give many thanks to everyone who backs this campaign :)
Risks and challenges
As this is a pretty small-scale project there aren't too many risks involved. I am planning to finish the colouring and final editing by early May, and then send everything to the printer soon after that. Then it shouldn't take long to do all the packing and posting. The postcards will be easy to print, and the theme song is finished. The only reward which will take extra time is the cyberpunk portraits, but these are limited in number and so will not take much time to do, and if you pledge for one of these you will still receive everything else in your bundle at the same time everyone else's is sent out. :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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