The cover of Series 1 Issue 1 one of Dream State Radicals
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 eight sample pages down below to get a taste of the DSR universe! The art style changes when we follow a different character to reflect that character's world view. So Leech, kind of a sketchy guy living on neg 3 has a grittier world view and that is reflected in his pencil inkers work. When we're following Jake, as you'll see when the story skips a few pages to his introduction down below, is a more average citizen hence the more clean lined approach.
Z's & Ethers
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.
Getting a copy
So, how can you get your hands on a copy of Dream State Radicals? As we continue production on the first issue we're constantly aware of the growing demand. Fortunately you don't have to wait around and constantly check back to find out when it's coming out (which is very soon by the way) you can just pre-order it from our store! That way you'll be sure to get a copy as soon as it's availalbe.