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Subject:Harper’s Ferry Book 05: Possession is Some Part of the Law
Time:01:43 pm

Here’s the final installment of Harper’s Ferry 1859! After the momentous events of this issue, a certain somebody continues on to Texas and gets involved in some of the troubles down there. So there may be a next chapter someday, and if there is it’s called Texas 1860. I’m researching it as we speak. If this last story is any indication, it’ll probably be done in 2017 sometime. And I probably won’t have this one produced yet. But one does one’s best, and at least the script is good.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JFsQOUxjlwy4rGh8XtzveNkCyFae-qYPV_KXJTcgnOg/pub

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Subject:Harper’s Ferry Book 04: The Assault by Osawatomie Brown and His Men upon the Town of Harper&#
Time:06:29 am

This is the chapter where it all comes together.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Qe4FveLfE5nebgsfJl0nuECf1su5kbUGCqQ7VsSjcAk/pub

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Subject:Harper’s Ferry Book 02: Spontaneous Combustion
Time:07:24 am

Here is part two.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13BSB8TsaHtXMMuVKetSHmumM4RNBrjkksqhaZPqBG9s/edit?usp=sharing

So the whole thing totals in the 200-300 page range, which is of course completely beyond my ability to produce. You gotta pay at least $100 a page to get competent work, and I can’t do it myself — I’m snowed under with projects for two or three years already.

Plus I don’t WANT to do it myself. The whole plan was to write a perfect script. I want to be involved at every step of the production, and I thoroughly intend to go through the final art for the pages and add historical trivia to the backgrounds of shots, but for once in my life I want to find somebody else to draw one of my scripts.

But that artist that I need, the one who’s crazy enough to work a year for free, they have yet to appear. At the moment, the best hope appears to be in the direction of grants and sponsorships. Gewel took an important step forward in figuring that stuff out, so I hope there’s more news soon here.

I could also do a Kickstarter, but the amount of money I’d need to pay the artist would be hard to do on crowdfunding, and since you need the art to get the funding, and there is currently no art at all, then we are way ahead of ourselves.

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Subject:Harper’s Ferry Book 01: Spontaneous Combustion
Time:08:19 am

Here is part one of the completed, edited, fully ready-to-draw script that I wrote about John Brown’s attack on Harper’s Ferry, the incident that (more-or-less) triggered the Civil War (in the parts of the country that were not already at war). I started this in April or May of 2013 and put the final touches on the edits this week.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1y73v8eSf91HGbyA4Y1OraoHipzw_vyWR0hZzqIFqMJY/edit?usp=sharing

One of the things that I’m trying to do with this script is to work out the technical problems of comic book scripting and arrive upon a format that actually works to convey these stories. So if you have any interesting observations about the format, please let me know.

Anyway, here’s part one. It was necessary for the story to start at a slow burn, so I tried to make it like sitting and watching a forest fire.

The American slave system was very, very bad indeed. I think the only way to convey the extent of the devastation is through fiction. It’s not as simple as people getting whipped in fields. It was an entire cursed way of life.

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Subject:Fief 271
Time:04:01 am

I’m worried about nature just declaring open war on us. After we encountered about a hundred ticks in one weekend and even dogs are getting sick from Lyme disease, I just don’t know what the fuck. I don’t know what’s going on or how to keep safe from it. Depressing shit.

We can’t kill nature, but we sure can make it mean.

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Subject:270 fief
Time:12:43 am

On my fortieth birthday I saw a flock of turkey buzzards fly by. I think there were fifty or sixty of them. I think they were flying south.

After a while, one single one of them flew back.

If that’s an omen, I thought, that’s fine. One turkey buzzard is usually enough.

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Subject:269+fief
Time:11:02 pm

So this gig that I got, drawing the comic Monomania, that’s just one incarnation of this story. There are a lot of ways that the writers, Mike and Joey, could have gone. A comic was one of the last forms they arrived on. But good things appear when you go in the wrong direction. Creatively, that is. I wouldn’t use that tip to navigate around the city or anything.

Here, the way they appeared is that the writers got a table read for the piece. At some point they thought it was going to be an animated series (ideas go through many forms on their way to incarnation) and they got some people together and read the script out loud. Turns out that’s the best way to get a story across that I’ve ever seen. Makes sense. Story is essentially a verbal concept. Comic book scripts have never quite worked.

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Subject:phiepuph268ph
Time:10:41 pm

I can’t watch these Survivor shows without being painfully aware of the camera crew at every moment. You don’t have to worry about carnivores attacking you when you have a bunch of film students driving around your very natural experience in a giant circle.

I wonder what it’s like to be a filmmaker watching these people starve themselves to death for your amusement. I bet it’s not a lot different from working on other shows.

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Subject:F13F^267
Time:11:08 am

Favorite anti-liberal slur of all time: Libboloon!

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Subject:266 fief
Time:07:54 am

In college I had one teacher who absolutely believed that Roman Polanski was the greatest director of all time. He believed this so strongly that he made us watch Polanski’s student films. One of them was about two guys who carry a dresser around Poland. The dresser had a mirror on it. The teacher talked about that mirror for months.

I’ve always been oddly grateful to that guy, because, even though he was completely wrong (Paul Verhoeven is the greatest director of all time) but he did make me pay attention to Roman Polanski movies, and they are a kind of good that no other movie is.

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