Douglas Rushkoff, author of eight books on media and culture, as well as the novels Ecstasy Club and Exit Strategy, marks his graphic novel debut with Club Zero-G. Teaming with Canadian independent comic artist Steph Dumais, Rushkoff has delivered America’s answer to Japan’s animé: a mind-altering journey into a universe where consensus reality is up for grabs.
The story follows Zeke, a gangly, unpopular, 19-year-old college student—a townie who also happens to attend the elite college in his community—who has discovered a terrific new club where he is accepted and popular. There’s only one catch: everyone at the club is dreaming. It only exists in the shared dream consciousness of its participants. If at all.
For there’s the rub: Zeke’s friends think he is simply going crazy. His girlfriend in the club won’t even acknowledge his existence in real life.
As Zeke descends further into the Club Zero-G reality, he learns that this shared dream space is actually a psychic field created by four mutant children from the future—the last of their kind, conceived by human space travelers in zero gravity and exhibiting strange deformities and abilities. Living in a future where independent thinking is considered a threat to “consensus,” they are hunted by the authorities, and seek the help of teens from the 21st century who, they hope, can still alter the course of reality.
But Zeke eventually learns this is all a setup, and he is being used by the militaries of the present and the future as a portal into the psychic field of the Zero-G kids, so they can be destroyed. Unless, of course, he is just going mad.
The battle for Zeke’s mind becomes an interdimensional battle for reality itself, in this daring, adult, American, animé adventure.
|Steph Dumais is a graphic designer, web developper and comic artist. He is the creator of the Zombie Commandos From Hell! series published by Boneyard Press and has designed a dozen album covers for various bands within the industrial music scene, including a compilation soundtrack for his own comic series.|
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