Kickstarter This! UKIYO genius loci
So a few weeks ago I talked about a relatively new cyberpunk webcomic series, Who Is The Girl by Cary Polkovitz. The series focused on a cam girl and her early outings as she tries to grow her image. Since that post, series creator Cary Polkovitz has launched a Kickstarter for Who Is The Girl’s companion series UKIYO/genius loci which Cary is calling “an existential take on the cyberpunk genre.”
Cary Polkovitz, who is no stranger to the world of Kickstarter and the publishing industry having already had a successful campaign on Kickstarter for his book series Often Overlooked. Following its success, Cary wants to give us a new cyberpunk experience that inspired by series and movies like Ghost In The Shell and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas but he needs our help.
What Is UKIYO/genius loci?
Cary describes UKIYO/genius loci as a project 20 years in the making. UKIYO/genius loci is the Director’s Cut to the original 300-page graphic novel UKIYO. UKIYO/genius loci will be a 12 issue graphic novel series that plans on being part cyberpunk, part hard-boiled detective story, and part existential treatise, which, sounds a lot like The Animatrix which is the animated spin-off to the cinematic sci-fi series The Matrix. Cary Polkovitz promises that UKIYO/genius loci will be an “exploration into what it means to be an individual in an increasingly non-individualistic world.”
One of the many marks of any great Sci-Fi series is how the author is able to use those elements from the genre with and use them to tackle various social issues and Cary plans on doing just that. UKIYO/genius loci will follow five main storylines, Donovan Vaux and the un-named characters of The Girl, The Inspector and The Soldier. We will follow along as all of the character attempt to find the answers to who they are in a world filled with drug-use, war, corporate greed and identity crisis.
Pledge Rewards For UKIYO/genius loci
Cary has included a number of rewards for his backers. The rewards listed here aren’t the only rewards for backing UKIYO/genius loci, though, they are worth mentioning.
Pledge $5 USD or more:
Three whoisthegirl.info stickers for your support.
Pledge $40 or more:
The first three issues of UKIYO/genius loci signed by the author as well as three whoisthegirl.info stickers and a pill-shaped flash drive containing a digital copy of the entire run of UKIYO/genius loci!
Pledge $400 USD or more:
The entire 12 issue run of UKIYO/genius loci signed by the author as well as three whoisthegirl.info stickers and one of the sketchbooks used in the creation of the book UKIYO/genius loci or the accompanying website whoisthegirl.info. This reward is great for someone who loves Cary’s distinct art style.
Pledge $500 USD or more:
A one-of-a-kind skate deck created by Cary Polkovitz, the entire 12 issue run of UKIYO/genius loci and three whoisthegirl.info stickers!
Pledge $600 USD or more:
And finally, we have this. It is the most expensive of the rewards available in addition to that, it’s limited to only one person. This reward will net you an original painting of The Girl created by Cary Polkovitz, the entire 12 issue run of UKIYO/genius loci and three whoisthegirl.info stickers!
After being burned by publishers for the last few years while trying to get this series produced Cary has decided to venture out on his own and turned to Kickstarter to fund his amazing cyberpunk graphic novel series. So if you are already familiar with the cyberpunk webcomic series Who Is The Girl and you loved what you read and everything Cary is doing then, support him by funding his newest series. If you haven’t read it check out Who Is The Girl. Having read all of Who Is The Girl that has been released so far I can say I am hooked. The series has had an amazing track at introducing new elements and world building. It not only has me completely hooked but I would love to see more of what the world of UKIYO has to offer.
The Kickstarter ends Apri 2, 2016 and is more than 35% funded. So while there is still time to help Cary Polkovitz the rewards themselves are limited.