Posted by: GravatarWon'tDeleteMyAccount | February 24, 2009

Jim Munroe and Salgood Sam: Therefore Repent

So I know it’s been a while.

I was trying to read Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, and trust me, I still am — but each story is so finely written, and so thought provoking, that I wind up putting the book down after each story. Consequently, though I’ve picked it up at least half a dozen times, I’ve also put it down and done something else for a while just as many times. It’s a bedside book for the disturbed, and I’m still reading it, so the post exclusively about it will have to wait.

But, ladies and gentlemen, we are in luck, because today Jim Munroe (writer of Everyone In Silico and Angry Young Spaceman) and Salgood Sam (a notoriously talented illustrator who I really need to do more research about) have released their critically acclaimed graphic novel Therefore Repent under a creative commons license, and it’s available for download right here, right now.

I remember when I first read this, I thought it was a brilliant read, and I loved the artwork. I loved it enough to risk giving it to a friend of mine with pretty high standards about these things. Now I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the “sequel” (there will be six, to be eventually grouped together into a single work in 2010) so I can send them to him as a series of awfully late Christmas gifts.

Therefore Repent tries to answer the question “what if the religious right were actually right?” — meaning what if the rapture actually took place, and hundreds of thousands of people drifted into the skies, never to be heard from again? What would become of the rest of us? It’s an interesting question and the answers provided don’t disappoint. I certainly recommend this one. In paper copy if you can at all afford it. Jim Munroe may prefer you buy it from him through his site, No Media Kings, so check that out first if you’re going to buy it.

The first of the new series will come out in May (so they will make awfully late Christmas gifts, I know. If by some chance you read this — yes you, the engineer in BC — I haven’t forgotten, I’m just slow), will be titled Sword of my Mouth, and they won’t actually be sequels, per se. Rather they take place in the same “post-rapture” world as the first. The artwork will be done by another artist as well, and although I would have certainly welcomed more of Salgood Sam’s work, the new artist, Shannon Gerard, looks to be mighty talented as well.

So I’ll keep reading Horror Story, but in the meantime I’m going to recommend this.

Peace and love to all.

Keep reading, keep writing.

Thom. x.


And in case you missed the embedded links:

Therefore Repent is available in download from here, and in print from here, and info on Sword of my Mouth is available from here. And again, Jim Munroe may prefer you buy it from him through his site, No Media Kings, so check that out first if you’re going to buy it. And do buy it. It’s worth it, it really is. Peace. xx.


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