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Set in 2052, Tamara's Escape is a tale of one young woman's  flight from tyranny in the Confederacy to freedom in New Albion, Colorado.
Set in 2052, Tamara's Escape is a tale of one young woman's flight from tyranny in the Confederacy to freedom in New Albion, Colorado.
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Hi! My name is Rebecca Robinson and welcome to the world of MORE PERFECT UNION! I am a writer and having written professionally for 15 years, I created LouisaLux Entertainment in 2012. My resume includes writing for web and paper comics and art magazines, as well as creating a television mini-series and composing and performing music for the series. Current events inspired me to develop More Perfect Union, a thriller that explores a near-future dystopian North America torn between extremes of conservatism and liberalism.


Things are difficult in America right now.  But what happens if the divisions between blue/red, urban/rural can't be resolved?  One scenario is set 35 years in the future:  

Tamara O'Neal, a 17-year old girl from Alexandria, Virginia in 2052, makes a harrowing journey across 2,000 miles of Southern landscape to get to safety and freedom. 

During her escape, her eyes are opened to the truth about ConFed Territory, and her horror becomes steely resolve to fight against ConFed’s cruelty and injustice.     

"Bittersweet" poster - Chad says goodbye to his remaining child.
"Bittersweet" poster - Chad says goodbye to his remaining child.

Helped on her journey by her father Chad O'Neal, mother Jocelyn, and guide Henry Blackstone, her transformation from spoiled princess to dedicated revolutionary and her enduring friendships with two other young teens, Mallory and Peter, begin here in Volume 1, “Tamara’s Escape.” 

I've teamed with Ratchet Creations to create a dark vision of life in the middle of the 21st century by taking current events and spinning them to their most extreme logical conclusion.  Your donation will help us complete Vol. 1 of "Tamara's Escape" and print 500 copies for distribution at Comic Cons in summer of 2018.  The ultimate goal is to produce Volumes 1-4 of More Perfect Union, complete the webcomic "Evan's Story" set in 2031 and fund the completion of an animated short "The Great Shift," set in 2023 after Civil War II.   

Evan's Story cover
Evan's Story cover
Evan's Story
Evan's Story
"Reverie" from Evan's Story, available as a poster reward for backers
"Reverie" from Evan's Story, available as a poster reward for backers

Background to More Perfect Union: 

More Perfect Union started out as a story about marriage. Disillusioned after the breakup of my marriage in 2007, I started writing a story about a Utopian country named New Albion where there was no marriage, only contracts, where women were in charge and everyone was free.  It's a bit spooky how many of the issues I present in More Perfect Union - women's rights, discrimination against Muslims, the rise of virulent and intractable far-right sentiment in the South - are now becoming reality.

I didn't realize until several years after I had started writing that I had created New Albion to be a place where I wouldn't be ashamed of my failed marriage! After all, if there is no marriage, and contracts are renewable every 4 years, a decision to decline a contract re-up would not bring on the same pain and shame as a failed marriage...or would it?  

In my story, the yin to the yang of the utopian New Albion was the Confederacy, which had risen again after an inciting incident in 2020 brought on another Civil War. The through story involves the Fernandez, O'Neal and Bassett families, whose fates become intertwined through three generations of cultural conflict and war. 

This story has taken many twists and turns. Most recently, I decided to write a prequel to the story entitled "The Great Shift" which lays out the aftermath to Civil War II that is similar to what happened in India in 1947.  During the Great Partition in India at the end of British rule, people were given a choice of where they wanted to live based on their religion: Pakistan and Bangladesh for Muslims, India for Hindus.  Over a few weeks, tens of millions of people changed places, going from South to North, from East to West and all places in between. 

The problem was that moving that many people safely was nearly impossible, no matter what the departing British government said.  Murder, rape, thievery, mayhem, families separated, parents killed, children orphaned - all occurred on the heels of a fleeing British government.  Of all the research I did about the Great Partition, most hair-raising were stories about "blood trains," where all the occupants of trains were robbed and murdered by thugs, who then sent the trains onward, leaking blood from all the carnage inside. 

As one of the great untold stories of the 20th century, the horror inflicted upon hundreds of thousands of people in India and Pakistan during The Great Partition resonates to this day.   

The Great Shift is a small echo of this story; it follows two family groups as they move from Illinois and New Mexico to the safety of New Albion in 2023 during the split up of the former United States. The privations and suffering they experience along the way, and the lifelong bonds that are formed, inform "Evan's Story," set in 2031 presented as a web comic, and "Tamara's Escape," set in 2052.    

 A journey of despair, courage, sacrifice and determination, the stories in More Perfect Union will entertain as they illuminate the strength of the human heart in the face of great adversity. 

I hope you are enthralled, thrilled and curious about how the story turns out. Your support will help this story come to life!  

Fanboy Planet recently interviewed Rebecca at the Silicon Valley Comic Con in April, 2018.  Here is the link to the podcast.

Lady Liberty in the junkyard
Lady Liberty in the junkyard

Risks and challenges

We already have our artist/writer team secured, and the scripts are finished. Your contribution will help pay for the artist to finish Volume 1, "Tamara's Escape."

I will be searching for a comic book publisher to produce the remaining Volumes of More Perfect Union and aid in the comic's release and distribution.

FUTURE STRETCH GOALS:
My biggest challenge will be to get enough funding to produce More Perfect Union Volumes 2-4, which are already written but need secure monetary commitment through the end of the year.

We are also in development for an animated short film that traces the beginnings of the story in 2023, as well as a video game. We plan to follow the characters in The Great Shift as they endure pain, sorrow and joy in the formation of a new Utopian territory out of the rubble of the United States.

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    Full Color Poster of Vol 1. characters (Tamara, Chad, Jocelyn, or Henry) or Evan's Story "Reverie," signed by Writer/Artist

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    Printed sheet music of New Albion National Anthem signed by the composer (Rebecca Robinson) and MP3 download of anthem.

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    Kid or pet in limited edition comic

    Your favorite child or pet will be drawn into a scene in an upcoming limited edition comic.

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