Preview – Utopiates Volume 1

Utopiates Volume 1

Writer: Josh Finney
Art: Kat Rocha
Publisher: 01 Publishing

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.”

Utopiates Vol. 1 is currently available on Amazon, DCBService.com, and 01Publishing.com. A Kindle edition is forthcoming.