Sunday, August 19, 2007

'Deadline' Bob MASTER of A n n A r b o r 1978 = HELP DESK =

Now that Page Six of 'Deadline' Bob MASTER of A n n A r b o r 1978 has been published I suppose that this would be a good time to begin a review of the major plot points of this series in order to clear up any confusion that might occur as the plot thickens.

First of all, a note on the style. The look of 'Deadline' Bob MASTER of A n n A r b o r 1978 is inspired by the Spanish and Latin American art of Fumetti, combined with the collage-style paintings of Rod Kierkegaard Jr. popularized by Heavy Metal magazine in the 1970s. This seemed the best choice for this Graphic Novelization in that the basic premise and execution of 'Deadline' Bob is built around a mystery that promises to be answered on Page Sixty Four and that the art of the Fumetti always suggested a much larger story than it actually displayed and was also limited by the constraints of the photograph in a way that the hand drawn comic strip was not. I thought it would be good to pursue this method in order to convey this, my first Mystery.

On Page One we learned that several young people think of 'Deadline' Bob as being the kind of man that 'never surrenders'. We also learn that 'Deadline' Bob is somewhat modest and does not particularly like hearing such accolades while he is present. We see that 'Deadline' Bob wears a beret, which in 1978 was a somewhat uncommon hat for a man to wear, so we can safely assume that he has a somewhat artistic nature.

We also assume that 'Deadline' Bob is some sort of student, as this is the famous college town of Ann Arbor and that he is well known by the youth set.

On Page Two we learn that 'Deadline' Bob is in a relationship with a girl with purple hair, the nature of that relationship is unknown. Is this conversation happening at a party or could they be in Imogene's, the club pictured on Page One? A Purple hairstyle during this time period is also limited to the more avant garde set , much like 'Deadline' Bob's beret suggesting that she is a part of his demographic. We learn that she is fed up with his 'tough guy' act though we have not seen what that looks like yet.

'Deadline' Bob refers to the girl as 'Baby' so one of two things can be assumed: [1] 'Deadline' Bob has poor boundaries with females or [2] 'Deadline' Bob has an intimate knowledge of this young lady.

We also finally see what 'Deadline' Bob looks like. A man of ethnicity, though it is difficult to ascertain exactly which one, but since this is Ann Arbor one could be safe to assume Eastern or Northern Europe. Although that admittedly involves taking a leap of inference in that 'Deadline' Bob may not even be a native of this town.

On Page Three we see that a young lady [not the one with purple hair] is so taken with 'Deadline' Bob that she has dedicated a song to him during her set. A fact which her guitar player has difficulty understanding.

This seems to suggest that 'Deadline' Bob has, indeed, a popularity among the youth of Ann Arbor. We wonder if this is what the title of the work suggests when it uses the word Master.

We assume by now that this must be occurring at Imogene's Club, where most of the action in this narrative has so far taken place. [At least that's the implication].

On Page Four we learn that 'Deadline' Bob has an antipathy towards the homeless. We see that a part of him wants to teach the homeless man a lesson, while the another part of him may want to simply humiliate the man further.

'Deadline' Bob appears to be setting a sort of logistic trap for the homeless man, baiting him with a gift of food knowing full well that what the homeless man really wants is money for either drugs or drink.

It is safe to assume that overall 'Deadline' Bob just wants the homeless man to go away.

On Page Five we see that 'Deadline' Bob has prepared a large quantity of prawns for his dinner guest. We also see that the guest is somewhat 'rough around the edges' and could use a bit of training from Amy Vanderbilt. 'Deadline' Bob attempts to shield his hurt feelings with a bit of humour and perhaps a sincere wonder of the validity of prawns as a dinner choice. Perhaps his guest pursues a Kosher lifestyle or has an allergy to shellfish?

On Page Six we learn some shocking news: 'Deadline' Bob is a Roman Catholic priest! We also learn that his full name is Father Robert Lisiewicz [making good the above assumption that 'Deadline' Bob is of Eastern or Northern European descent. We can now safely assume that he is Polish]. We also learn that he has been away for a great deal of time, perhaps a decade or so, and that he is now back and appears to be attempting to either [1] take care of some old business or [2] visit an old friend.

We also learn that his leaving was not by his own choice and that he does not feel comfortable discussing what he perceives as a problem for the Holy Seat. He asks Brother Tad to meet him at Imogene's and we also learn that he is some sort of performer [perhaps this explains the beret?]

Please stay tuned as we dig deeper into the saga of 'Deadline' Bob MASTER of Ann Arbor 1978.