Cutting edge sci-fi graphic novel from 01 Publishing pulls readers into the dark underworld of bio-tech noir.
“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”
-Phil Hester (Swamp Thing, Fringe)
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. According to writer/artist Josh Finney, “The gene-spliced drugs of Utopiates serve as a metaphor. These stories aren’t about drugs and addicts, but rather about what it is that makes the human animal tick.”
A HUSBAND & WIFE TEAM
UTOPIATES is the creation of husband and wife team Josh Finney and Kat Rocha. Best know for their sci-fi war epic TITANIUM RAIN (Archaia Entertainment), Josh and Kat have been producing graphic novels together since 2009. Or as Kat puts it, “The Bonny and Clyde thing has been great for both of our developments as artists. I’m his editor, he’s my art director, and we get to tell stories about drugs, murder, and transhumanism. What’s not to love?!”
THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
UTOPIATES Volume One is the first installment of the what author Josh Finney calls his bio-tech noir mythos. It features tales of obsession, revenge, and redemption in a bio-tech fueled future that is already too close for comfort. It features cutting edge artwork by Josh Finney & Kat Rocha (TITANIUM RAIN, BATMAN/CATWOMAN, & INTERZONE MAGAZINE), and cover art by Salvador Trakal. UTOPIATES Vol. 1 is currently available on Amazon.com, DCBService.com, and 01Publishing.com. A Kindle edition is forthcoming.
The entire first chapter of UTOPIATES Volume 1 can be read online at:
To schedule an interview and/or receive review copy of UTOPIATES please email: Josh@glitchwerk.com.
ABOUT 01 PUBLISHING
01 Publishing is dedicated to producing quality science-fiction / horror specifically for an educated, adult reading audience. Titles include UTOPIATES, CRAZY MARY, the forthcoming OPERATION: TERMINUS, and the NEW BREED ANTHOLOGY. 01 Publishing’s current roster of talent includes Josh Finney & Kat Rocha (Titanum Rain), JK Woodward (X-Men, Doctor Who), Michael Colbert, Tom Pinchuk (Hybrid Bastards), and Patrick McEvoy (Arkham Horror, Game of Thrones).