The concept for Hobo Fires grew from summers I spent riding freight trains across the continent and from other summers building shanty boats and floating down the Mississippi, Ohio, and Missouri Rivers. Meeting hobos in railroad jungles, befriended by river rats on those old water ways, sharing food and love with townies, simultaneously devouring books about cosmology, science, social justice, physics, geography, plant identification, and human evolution: I was unknowingly compiling a framework for Hobo Fires.
One backpack, two boots, and the open road. In the near future a young woman named Poenee hits the road and travels the country by hacking rides on robotic freight trains.
HOBO FIRES is a unique adventure, I have never seen anything like this in print. Skillfully written and illustrated. An exploration of love and hate, a contemplation on being together and being alone on the road to understanding. At 335 pages, Hobo Fires is a substantial and captivating read!
As a high tech hobo Poenee soon discovers that getting on a train is the easy part. Poenee steps boldly into the night and deep into the jungles of the hobo hackers, there she meets a travel companion named Raukkus.
Poenee and Raukkus survive encounters with robot police, android agents, android police riots, feral humans, tornadoes, unseen digital foes, and court ordered brain monitoring chips.
As Poenee & Raukkus travel on robotic freights they simultaneously hack the culture of a hyper techno society that exists everywhere and seeks to control everything, including their bodies and desires.
A court ordered chip implanted in the brain of Raukkus threatens their freedom and they quest to have it removed. On the way to the underground surgeon they meet another traveler named Booska and become fast friends.The road offers a sweet summer of adventure.
The trio end up together at a wild music festival in Minneapolis, and after a whole lot of trouble the chip in Raukkus' brain is successfully removed.
Poenee, Rakkaus, and Booska are inspired by life, they form a band and go on tour with their new found freedom: from Minneapolis to points east, Chicago, Chattanooga, Pittsburgh, New York
Sharing the stories of their past, exploring the ways of different people in the wild world of an accelerating future, they find at the end there is nothing but love to pass around the fire.
Here is a breakdown of how the $6000 to publish Hobo Fires will be spent:
$4900 Quality & ethical printing for 335 page graphic novel with pages printed in B&W with color cardstock covers.
$400 Printing full color posters.
$700 Shipping for books and posters (335 pages = big heavy book!)
All miscellaneous expenses such as Bar Codes and Proofs are included in the $4900 for printing figure.
Risks and challenges
The book is finished and I have the experience to bring it to fruition in the form of a published book no matter what it takes. I have the persistence and patience to find a publisher, but if I hit a brick wall in that direction I know I can make a door, I can do it myself because I've done it before! But this time I won't be doing it myself, because we will be doing it together. D.I.Y. meet D.I.T.! Do It Together!
I have been publishing zines and books for 20 years, striving with each one to raise the bar and make it better than the last one. Hobo Fires will be in print before the pumpkins are ripe, I guarantee it.
- (30 days)