In the near future science is able to distill human personalities into a drug-form. Called utopiates –a merging of the words utopia and opiate— these drugs allow users to swap personalities with the “mental imprints” of other people. This is the common thread that links the stories in the Utopiates graphic novel. Over the course of 120 pages, we follow the interconnected lives of three individuals who inject the “souls” of other people. Each is a user of utopiates for his own reasons, but all learn that the cost of soul swapping is extremely high. At its core, UTOPIATES is an unflinching portrayal of human behavior at its most extreme. Created in the spirit of William Gibson and Phillip K. Dick, UTOPIATES portrays a gene-spliced tomorrow that falls somewhere between Blade Runner and The Wire.
Phil Hester (Fringe & Swamp Thing) says, “Comics is a stormy, dangerous coastline, shallow and sharp but UTOPIATES stands like a lighthouse guiding you to the safe harbor where smart, intense comics still exist.”
THE GRAPHIC NOVEL:
UTOPIATES is the first installment of the what my bio-tech noir mythos. It features tales of obsession, revenge, and redemption in a gene-spliced future that is already too close for comfort. It features artwork by me, Kat Rocha (Titanium Rain, Batman/Catwoman), and amazing cover art by Salvador Trakal.
READ IT FREE!
You can read a rough version of Utopiates free online here: [Link]