|   The first strip of Chapter 8: The 503rd Oregon (The Left Must Hold)
Posted on 2014-03-07
|This chapter's big theme is going to be painfully obvious next strip. There was some foreshadowing for it last chapter, but it was all subtext. I had to do a whole bunch of setup for this, far more than any other chapters, because it's really an extraordinary chapter.
It's all going to be either a wish gone horribly wrong or a drug trip, however you choose to interpret it. On the overt level, this and the next 51 strips are not going to "count," but on the level of subtext and symbolism it's going to absolutely matter; and in at least one instance it will have massive potential real-life implications, for those of you who catch it.
The twin rhetorical devices of Phil's magic shoes and Demitri's crazy huge stockpile of LSD offer the possibility for a "realistic" strip like this to explore some truly bizarre scenarios, and I've got a few lined up. Because the strip is grounded in reality, these sorts of chapters are going to be few and far between.
But every now and then, it can be kinda fun to let everything get extremely weird, just to see how these characters react. So let's throw them through a time vortex, cue up this music and get ready to rock and roll on Monday.