Milton Manners / Prodigy
Who are the Manners?
The Manners family has been a prominent presence in the town of Liberty since it's settlement in 1686. Throughout generations, members of the Manners clan have served as elected officials, business owners and community leaders. In today's Liberty, however, the Milton family is down to two; Mindra and her only son, Milton.
To say Milton Manners has a lot to live up to would be an understatement.
Who is Milton?
When Milton Manners was a boy his mother, Mindra, would host a small book club meeting every Sunday at the Manners Estate. Those in attendance, The Radcliffes, Ferrises, Coteys, Aguilars and Greys, would bring their children along so they could play with Milton. Milton would encourage the other children to play "superhero" - where each would create his or her own superhero power and identity. As Pantheon, they would spend countless afternoons exploring the massive estate grounds and defending it from super powered invaders. It was the happiest time of Milton's life.
He fashioned himself Pantheon's resident genius. It was his idea after all.
Sounds like it was good to be Milton!
Pump the brakes.
When Milton was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor his happy days would come to an end. His mother would no longer host her book club meetings so Milton's small social circle shrunk to zero. In his solitude Milton turned inward, towards his creation. His Pantheon. He spent almost every waking moment working on his friends' superhero characters and building the fictional world Pantheon lived in.
Milton's mother grew concerned with her son's anti-social behavior and enlisted locally renowned psychologist, Dr. Gunnar Nilsen, Ph.D. (more on him later) for help. Eventually, Milton would come out of his shell and reconnect with some old friends.
OK… happily ever after?
Not quite. Mindra Manners became overbearingly protective Milton (the sole heir to the Manners' name). She even went so far to home school the boy. Any friend who wanted to see Milton had to come see him.
When Milton was 16 his mother passed away. Family layers made sure Milton had control over the Manners estate.
Why do you call him the "catalyst"?
At first, Milton was a plot device. A non-character. When I would talk about the story and share the script, people would want to know more about him. I realized the story required more "Milton", which will happen in direct and non-direct ways.
But essentially, I created him to die. To give his friends the powers they once dreamed of.
Why do you hate this kid?
I don't! To me he is the soul of The Pantheon Project. The kid who refused to let his dreams go, no matter what. Even turned to them for comfort. For better or worse.
Are you… Milton?
Haha, no! Although sitting in my house and plugging away at The Pantheon Project does get lonely…
"One supreme fact which I have discovered is that it is not willpower, but fantasy-imagination that creates. Imagination is the creative force. Imagination creates reality." -- Richard Wagner
Art by Leila del Duca. Design by Erik Taylor, Kevin Caron and Leila. Colors by Kit Seaton © Erik Taylor, 2012