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Where is There?
Talking graphic novel again. I’ve posted a section of page 25 today (October 13, 2021 if you’re looking in the archives). It poses one of the many conundrums that exist in the Subconscious: where is there, exactly?

In this scene, Nemo is talking about taking the long, perilous journey to the Dark Side, but the dark Side isn’t over there, as the name would suggest, but down there. Is that a big deal? Who really cares about the geography of a place that is completely imaginary? What difference does it make if up, down, and sideways are interchangeable? Well, for the guy who drew Subconscious Comics for twenty years, it was (and still is) a big deal.

I always felt that the Subconscious had to make some kind of sense even if it constituted a separate universe that operated under different rules than ours does. There is, after all, some kind of connection between the real world and the dream world, even if it’s not completely obvious. “Where” on this side of the veil might be in a completely different place on the other side. “There” could easily be “here,” and even “nowhere” would have a place of its own.

I’m losing you, aren’t I? Let’s just say that during those twenty years I always made an effort to make sense of the non-sensical because I knew there was a connection there someplace. I will admit that I haven’t had much luck in this quest. I do know, however, that in the Subconscious the Dark Side is down, just as the Bright Side is up and the Inside is out.

It may be that the source of these uncertainties is language. Words and pictures can’t really occupy the same place, at least not in a drawing. You’re either looking at one or the other. You can do both at the same time with animation and a sound track, but that is a much different thing. Dreams and reality are the same way. It gets close sometimes, but they never quite co-exist.

Okay, I’ve left the mother ship again, this time without my tether. So before I go, let me sum up: I’m not sure where “where” is. Furthermore, I am hazy about what “what” is or when “why” is, for that matter. Which is about normal in the Subconscious.

(And yes, Head First the graphic novel continues to move forward toward the big day of its Kickstarter launch. I’ll give you plenty of notice, I promise.)
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