Hyperparanoid: An Ascension Story by James Carman Book cover

An Ascension Story

by James Carman & Jaf Farkas

“As a HyperParanoid person myself, I believe it’s entirely possible your story is close to what is really going on, except that, well, singing has no effect on “Our Reptilian Overlords.”

R. Crumb, Award-winning Cartoonist, a pioneer of the Underground Comix Movement with Fritz the Cat & Zap Comix

An Ascension Story

by James Carman & Jaf Farkas

“As a HyperParanoid person myself, I believe it’s entirely possible your story is close to what is really going on, except that, well, singing has no effect on “Our Reptilian Overlords.”

R. Crumb, Award-winning Cartoonist, a pioneer of the Underground Comix Movement with Fritz the Cat & Zap Comix

Science Fiction at its very best!

May 2173. An ET group, the Eon Breeders, seize the Solar Republic, plundering its resources. They suck the life force out of the sun. There is one being they seek to totally crush, LC. She is a hybrid-being imprisoned inside a playground with invisible walls. LC knows the Eon Breeders’ weakness, but she must find the perfect note, an ascension song.

A hodgepodge of rebels, activists and extremists are thrown into LC’s jail. They have 12 hours to escape their death sentence. The inmates despise each other. Can they overthrow their tyrants or will they run out of time as they descend into a whirlwind of madness?

“HyperParanøid sings to awaken a world gone mute.”

Neil Guar: Director, Portal to Ascension

Meet Your Jailers:

The Eon Breeders

May 2173.

An ET group, the Eon Breeders, seize the Solar Republic, plundering its resources. They suck the life force out of the sun. There is one being they seek to totally crush, LC. She is a hybrid-being imprisoned inside a playground with invisible walls. LC knows the Eon Breeders’ weakness.

A hodgepodge of rebels, activists and extremists are thrown into LC’s jail. They have 12 hours to escape their death sentence. The inmates despise each other. Can they overthrow their tyrants or will they run out of time as they descend into a whirlwind of madness?

The Prisoners

“Each character becomes amusingly fluid and ultimately polyamorously perverse, uniting spiritually and sexually to escape the mind control of aliens.”

Bruce LaBruce, Award-winning Film Director

LC

An ephemeral A.I. savant who believes song and dance will enable the inmates to escape prison. LC practices magic with math equations. She preaches nonviolence in a violent world.

Jordan Max

A crazed conspiracy theorist who’s been imprisoned in a psychiatric ward all his life. He has written a new Bill of Rights for all sentient beings AND wants to bring back the Solar Republic that was taken over by ETs.

General Umbuntu

A domineering Solar Force General. He’s imprisoned for treason because he tried to overthrow The Solar Directorate.

The General believes in rule of law, as long as the rules are his.

Goldcakes

A slimy financial genius, now Minister of Commerce. he considers everyone below his station to be an expendable slave. He secretly wants to sing with LC, but that would mean interacting with riffraff.

Korrections

A Jail Warden with a heart fuzzy as a landmine.

He’s forgotten he was once human.

Amrita Esmerelda Razdan

Amrita initiated a gender separatist movement on a Jovian moon. Amrita is feisty, charming, and lethal. She’s always right, even when she’s wrong.

Ming Liang

A Noble prize winning physicist, kept alive to investigate zero-point propulsion.

Ming would like to fall in love, but no one has ever held her hand.

Helena The Ghost

Helena was murdered by her fellow inmates. She predicts the future for LC.

She leads other ghosts in their fight against the Eon Breeders.

About Hyperparanoid

SCRIPT for the movies turns into a graphic novel

” ‘HyperParanoid’ raises an alarm. This prophetic book demonstrates the need to overcome the abuse of being kept dumb and blind under totalitarian control.”

Linda Moulton Howe, Emmy Award-winning Reporter and Editor

Hyperparanøid started out as a script for the big screen. During Covid, James Carman realized he could turn it into a graphic novel and craft it during the lockdown, without the limitations of a film budget. Together with illustrator Jaf Farkas, they wove a tale rich in love, cruelty and magic.

About James Carman

WRITER, FILM MAKER and PRODUCER

James Carman is inspired by the worldly and otherworldly. He creates content that looks behind the veil of consensual reality, examining what most are ready to ignore. His art is for the curious and brave. It is for those who want humanity to evolve spiritually.

James is an accomplished and award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer. His feature length documentary, ‘The Hidden Hand; Alien Contact and the Government Cover-up that explores the phenomena of Alien Contact, has won 5 awards and is distributed internationally. He has also shot many feature films that were screened in festivals and theaters worldwide: (Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto film festivals.) Five films he shot were shown at the MoMA retrospective of Bruce LaBruce.

He shot 10 films about sexual criminals for Shu Lea Cheang’s 3x3x6. They were the centerpiece of the Taiwan Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale. In 2023, he produced his most recent short Bitter Brownies, which has won over 27 awards.

In creating HyperParanoid, he made use of all of his skills as an award-winning director, film maker and script writer together with Jaf Farkas, who helped bring to life James’ vision and film language. Together they wove a futuristic, dystopian sci-fi tale rich on love, cruelty and magic, “a stark interpretation of the world we already live in,” which uniquely mixes humor, prophetic and riveting story telling, and music. James is known to burst into song with his close friends – some times encouraged to stay and play his guitar and at other times, excused from the premises. His uplifting and quirky humor shines through the inventive, archetypal and creative playground of Hyperparanoid.

About Jaf Farkas

DESIGNER, ART DIRECTOR and ILLUSTRATOR

Jaf Farkas is a New York based scenic designer and visual artist who has created for film and television since 2004. He brings collaboration, vision, and practical expertise to all of his projects. He loves creating worlds and leading a passionate team of artists and craftspeople.

He was raised on a steady diet of sci-fi films, all manner of comic books, gothic horror, fantasy illustration, Heavy Metal magazine, and Warren publications. Jaf lives in the Catskills and loves pine trees.