New Kickstarter Launching February 2nd

 

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I am happy to report that Rebecca and I have nearly finished prepping the next Kickstarter campaign page and we will be ready to roll on the 2nd of February. We are hoping that everyone who has supported us thus far will continue the journey with us and also help us spread the word. We’ll be offering issues 1-3 in this campaign and we will continue offering back issues for new readers in our future campaigns. Our hope is that by word of mouth we can continue to grow our fellowship. That is why we have also made a PDF version of issue 1 available absolutely free to our amazing educators of the world (see this blog entry). My college major was Secondary English Education and I have always been passionate about passing along the great literature of the world to the next generation. I believe comics can be so much more than men and women in pajamas fighting super-powered gorillas… not that that isn’t wonderful as well. But I’ve always held up the comics medium as one of seemingly boundless potential that intermarries art and literature. That is why I’ve spent countless hours researching, reading, and consulting with scholars to ensure that I’m not merely giving readers stories that entertain, but also that motivate them to seek out and experience the great classics. That is, after all, where the “deep magic” is to be found.

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The back matter for our Kickstarter Exclusive Edition third issue will illuminate the origin of our intrepid guide in Terra Somnium, Irving Rat. I am rarely asked questions by interviewers that allow me to speak about the formation of specific characters in my stories, so I am incredibly excited about sharing it with you in the pages of our book. And if you have any questions about characters, events, themes, or anything else in our story,  feel free to send them on to me at info(dot)hpcomics(at)gmail(dot)com. They just may show up in a future issue!

-Dwight

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I’m Bringing The 80’s Back!

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Photo Credit: Dwight L. MacPherson. All Rights Reserved.

We took some time off in the middle of a busy week to catch the U2 Joshua Tree show in Tampa on June 14th. Rebecca goes back a long way with these guys, from her time living in Dublin, Ireland, through her years of working in the music biz and hanging out with the band–which is another blog post in itself, one I have been trying to get her to write for ages!

The show was phenomenal in every way! I’ve always been told that U2 is a band you have to experience live, and they were right. This was my first time seeing the band I’ve loved since I first saw the video to “Sunday Bloody Sunday” on MTV when I was a teen, so it was really a special experience. Rebecca and I danced and sang along as the band played a grueling set that lasted more than 2 hours. We were in the pit, so we could see the sweat dripping from Bono’s hands. At one point Bono remarked that it was “Muy caliente!” And it was. Hot and humid and Bono was–well–classic Bono, dancing and gesticulating through the Joshua Tree set (and especially during the encore). We were spent after the show, so I’m sure the band was as well! We are now all much older. This isn’t the ’80s, after all!

This experience was made even more awesome because I’m working on a comic that takes place in the 80’s–a time Rebecca and I feel very nostalgic for as pop culture and music was so unique, fresh, and fun. I am having a blast writing the story and I’m sure you are really going to really dig it. Especially if you are a child of the 80’s.

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Speaking of my ’80s superhero team, we are sharing our awesome artist’s, Emiliano Correa‘s, I-TEAM character designs exclusively with our patrons. So if you’d like to become an HP Comics insider, you can do that  RIGHT HERE! 

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Autumn Musings and Poe

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Photo © Dwight L. MacPherson

Poem for Explication: Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Dream Within a Dream”

We cannot imagine what our last thoughts will be, nor can we know if Poe experienced these feelings as he drew his final breath. What we can take away from this poem is a sense of the bigger scheme of the universe and our place in it. We spend our whole lives striving—working like dogs if need be—to attain what will ‘make us happy.’ I believe Poe would say that ‘All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.’ If we can grasp this concept, then perhaps we may yet reevaluate our priorities and release our sand into the surf with peace and tranquility when it is our time to stand upon the infinite ocean’s shore.

While looking through my files, I came across this conclusion from my explication for American Poetry class at East Tennessee State University.We were studying Three Centuries of American Poetry, and this particular explication focused on Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Dream Within a Dream.”

I tend to think about the tragic life and death of Edgar Allan Poe every Autumn. Maybe I  associate Poe with the air turning crisp, falling leaves, shorter days, and darker nights. This time of the year finds me sticking closer to home–and finding more time for introspective thought. With less than three months until a new year, I begin working through my annual mental list of accomplishments, of where I was and where I want to be next year. I’m certain Poe never imagined that he would meet such a sad end. From my research, I have found that he had many goals and ambitions that were never realized. I can only pray that I will live to fulfill my own.

-Dwight