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by Mark Savary
So, what's this all about anyway? Well, basically, "Autumn Lake" is the culmination of a project I've been toying with since about 1984. I've always referred to it as "the comic strip that never was," simply because it was not destined for the funny pages as I'd hoped. Incidentally, that's why the comic is also sort of "newspapery-looking" in its layout, with black & white dailies and a full-color Sunday edition. "Autumn Lake" is set in a fictional New England town. Why New England? Well, that's where I'm from, and it goes along with the old adage, "Write what you know." The citizens of Autumn Lake proper live in a small town world without the small town dregs. They enjoy all of the plusses, and few of the minuses (in other words, their town is "idyllic," or a "picture-post card" town). Doors and cars needn't be locked. Neighbors all know each other and look out for each other. It's perfectly safe to go out walking alone in the dead of night, with nothing more to fear than a pesky mosquito or two. The citizenry are educated, literate, domestic; no screaming redneck trailer-trash or gangsta' gang-bangers need apply. There's something old-timey about the people, the town, the comic. They live in the 21st Century, but do not generally use cell phones or own iPods. They like to garden. They like quiet. They like sunrises and sunsets in equal measure, and they know how to drive in the snow, thank you very much. They seem to stand in quiet defiance of the profiteering corporate mentality that masquerades as "progress." Points of interest? There's a covered bridge, a lake, a park, cranberry bogs, and a flower shop. Our heroes? Mark and Dennis, and everyone else. Mark is the nostalgic one, the romantic, the artist, the loser, the foolish, the lonely, the spendthrift, who all the pretty girls shoot down. Dennis is the more intelligent one, the questioning one, the scientist, the mathematician, the inventor, the one who still lives at home with his Mom. Both are TV, comic book, sci-fi, and pizza junkies. Both like foiling the hopes and dreams of the town grouch, Sherm Sherman. Both think the world could be a better place if (Mark), they could just learn to appreciate the past, or (Dennis), someone (preferably himself), could come up with a mankind-saving invention. Both hate vegetables.
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