Wake Up! “In Our Dreams Awake” Now on Kickstarter (Crowdfunding Spotlight)

Independent comic book creator John McGuire recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for In Our Dreams Awake issue 1, a 26-page book featuring elements of both cyberpunk and fantasy.

Co-created by McGuire and Egg Embry, this first issue of the miniseries is split into two separate “dreams”, with one illustrated by Edgar Salazar and the other by Rolands Kalniņš.

Here is the official plot synopsis taken from the In Our Dreams Awake Kickstarter campaign page:

Jason Byron dreams of two lives. In one fantasy, magi reactionaries won, technology is banned, and Jason is a portrait painter hiding a contraband telescope. In the other world, he leads a cyberpunk gang amid a future of flooded cities and gilled aliens. When he closes his eyes in one world, he awakes in the next. Jason’s only desire is to wake up in the arms of his true love, Laura… Uh, or is it Fem’a Lin?… If only he knew which one was real?!

In a society ruled by mages, Jason Byron is a master artist trying to provide for his family. He has a secret heirloom, a telescope. With it he can see the stars, but can he see the trouble his illegal piece of technology will bring to his family?

In drowning London, Jason Byron deals in chum, the hottest drug among aliens. He and his true love are trying to escape their world. Can they keep the peace long enough to get away before the world is pulled beneath the waves?

In Our Dreams Awake is the story of what happens when both of those worlds begin to spin out of control. What happens when Jason no longer knows which world is the dream and which one is reality?

Backers can get a digital version of In Our Dreams Awake issue 1 for $5, while physical copies (along with a digital PDF) start at $10. If you have more cash to spend, you can also receive the following:

  • Multiple copies of the book
  • Variant covers
  • POWERED by the DREAMR RPG Zines
  • Gilded Age Graphic Novel
  • The chance to have your likeness drawn into the final book

It is also worth noting that there is an additional shipping charge starting at $5 for those in the United States.

Interested? You can check out some sample artwork below or visit the full In Our Dreams Awake issue 1 Kickstarter page here.

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