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The Plot Outline

June 4th, 2005 (09:44 pm)

This is somewhat rough, but you'll get the main gist:

Setting is post war, a city in the US that will not be mentioned. This city amongst other cities have been blown up by a US bomb. The bomb was released by the Republicans by mistake, and was scheduled to land not where it did, meaning it backfired and destroyed their own land.

Big war before the bombs insinuate the release. Republicans vs. Democrats. This war is the byproduct of another great depression as the President raises taxes to an extreme on the agriculture and gas products. Hungry people equals less rationality equals brutal division for the country and barbaric fighting/slandering.

Media is tied into the war, but with the war being homebound they side with the democrats in assurance of first amendment protection. They are the catalyst to the first battle after stereotyping the republicans.

After destruction from the bombs, the nation halts its fighting. People realize that destroying cities has too great of consequences to keep going. The country shifts into a cold war. The cities marked in debris are said to be desolate and uninhabited.

The media shares with the country that rebuilding the cities would be futile. There are warnings of extreme levels of radiation, and to not visit the aftermath. The national guard builds a fence around the cities in order to keep people out.

Little do they know, the city is not completely desolate. Most of the hobos, strippers, lowlifes, and bohemians managed to survive, but these people are very scattered.

The main character was a bohemian before the war, and is forced to become a hobo. He wanders the city in search for something that will inspire him to live. With the shortage of food and water plus loneliness he finds himself contemplating suicide, but manages to use humor to inspire his adventures.

In the beginning of the novel, the reader is educated about the main character's ability. After the war he has picked up on some awkward frequency that allows a higher level of telepathy. He can have conversations with everything including animals and objects. He befriends a lamppost name Lampy, and Lampy will divulge many stories to the main character between scenes of his wandering adventures.

The villain in the novel will actually be split with the lowlifes which become looters, and the strippers which will become serial killers. Because most of the people don't have anything for the looters, the looters take territory and lives. They make slaves out of the hobos and bohemians.

(I will try to make it so the strippers don't appear like the hookers from Sin City. I promise).

Oh, and is the superpowers being a byproduct of radiation too cliche? If you can think of something different.. please enlighten me. Thanks.

Any questions and comments encouraged. I'm really happy that I have a thick plot to work on... for I usually only get half of it and then become discouraged.

I will be posting pictures of some of the characters as my partner finishes them. This will prove that this graphic novel is the real deal.. ;)


Posted by: Friday Nation (besideserato)
Posted at: June 5th, 2005 05:40 am (UTC)

I'm liking this, the extremism, the bleakness. It's hot--bound to bring everyone who lives in the cities to their most Darwinistic. Can't wait to see the drawings!

Posted by: delusionfade (delusionfade)
Posted at: June 6th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)

Somewhat like Lord of the Flies, no? But no fat kids.. only hungry, dirty primates. ;)

Posted by: Friday Nation (besideserato)
Posted at: June 7th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)

The strippers have to be super-HOT!

Posted by: Travis (the_fleem)
Posted at: June 5th, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC)

This sounds awesome. In regards to superpowers after radiation, it does sound a bit cliche, not to mention impossible, as people most often just get violently ill when exposed to radiation. But if you'd like a suggestion as to how to work around that, I would suggest that perhaps mental illnesses could be used instead (perhaps as a result of the radiation). Such as several characters, or even just one who not so much had a super power, but thought he did. Whether the world and coincidences happen to back up his delusion are entirely up to the tone of the graphic novel. One specific mental illness that would fit nicely is 24-hour bipolar disease, or multiple personalities. Perhaps every twenty-four hours, like when he woke up in the morning, he would be in the up-swing of the bipolar, and think himself a man with extraordinary powers, and when he awoke the next day, found himself weakened and depressed, like a hero who'd been stripped of his powers by a real or imaginary arch-nemesis while he slept.

If you're still leaning towards actual super powers, then my other suggestion would be to watch the narrative-docmentary "What The [Bleep] Do We Know?" [sic], it explains how science is slowly starting to back up the idea that the mind has power over reality. That reality is not real until we make it so with our mind, and if we could be trained in how to stop thinking in absolutes, we could actually bend the world to our will. Many people have known this for thousands of years, but only recently have members of the scientific community, using quantum physics, actually started to help prove this theory. If a character, hero, villian, amused observer had this power, or if multiple characters did, think of the possibilities that a story could have, all while not seeming like a huge deus ex machina, because it is grounded in recent scientific discoveries.

I don't want to seem like I'm forcing my plot ideas on you, but you asked for some ideas and I just thought I would interject some cool possibilities that would keep the novel in reality without seeming too cliche in the matters of super powers. I don't care if you straight up steal my idea either, I'm never going to write a graphic novel, so you're welcome to branch off or take directly from the above partagraphs. Good luck, dear.

Posted by: delusionfade (delusionfade)
Posted at: June 6th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
Why are you so great?

Your last two comments have been greatly appreciated. I enjoyed your thoughts on infinity, and I'm going to respond to that in time...

I like your latter idea about reality and absolutes. I might use that and tinker with it so that I refrain from stealing the idea. But then again I'm sure more people need to know about this eventually, so my novel could just nudge it to the edge of the counter just enough for everyone to reach. :)

Posted by: Travis (the_fleem)
Posted at: June 10th, 2005 06:38 am (UTC)

An interesting add-on is the reality-altering beings could be anything from some sage-like character who watched things happen and altered events to his will, though this brings up thoughts of Sandman, to an antagonist and protagonist who have opposing viewpoints and can alter reality to fit their needs. Imagine the possibilities of two all-powerful beings who oppose one another. Or more than two. Again, there are drawbacks to even this idea, as something similar was done in the film Dark City. The trick is finding a completely new form of affecting things that won't put people in the mind of Dark City or Sandman. Perhaps in more subtle ways, such as all reality-altering characters being as of yet unaware of their immediate powers.

My best advice for this really is to watch that documentary I mentioned, as it explains far better than I can, how our positive thoughts affect our world positively, and our negative thoughts affect our world negatively. It is as I have written and you said you have said: "Life really isn't that hard. It's you that makes it hard". And yes, it would be cool if your novel could teach people about this new science in a more accessible way.

Once again, don't feel bad about blatantly stealing from me, or ignoring me completely. I swear I won't sue you or anything.

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