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Date Posted: Sunday, Mar 06
Subject: Re: Eyeballs in the Sky
In reply to:
's message, "Eyeballs in the Sky" on Sunday, Mar 06
>Shame to see this entirely un-Zak related
>article/homage dead and gone. Is there still an
>archived copy of it anywhere?
Oh boy, it's a long story! Short answer: I have it on CD, but Maurice Dodd (writer of the Perishers) did not like the religious angle, so I took it down.
Here's the long version, with far more information than you ever wanted.
First of all, thanks for remembering the site! I was quite proud of it, even though it was full of spelling mistakes. This is how it all began.
Many years ago I had a collection of Perishers books. I loved the detailed backgrounds in the strip, so I used them to create a map of the Perishers' world, and sent it Daily Mirror. The writer, Maurice Dodd, loved it, and he phoned me up and sent me a free Perishers' original which hung on my wall for many years. That was, as I said, many years ago.
Fast forward to 2002, and my personal life was turning upside down. I had been raised in a fundamentalist church, and I was heavily involved in that church. (I spent two years as a missionary, I was lay minister for my local congregation, I published a book about my church, etc., etc.) But by my mid thirties, after intensive study and a lot of pondering, I came to the conclusion that my church was not true. I felt betrayed. I retreated from church-related activities, and spent more time on my other interests - politics, comics, etc. So I made the Zak McKracken site. At this time I noticed that there was nothing on the web about the Eyeballs In The Sky. Having just become disillusioned with fundamentalist religion, I found the crazy crabs described my position perfectly. So I made the web site with a religious angle.
I thought I was being sympathetic to religion - remember that the crabs have GENUINE paranormal experiences. There really are eyeballs in the sky, belonging to a superior intelligence! But I also showed how the crabs religion showed all the confusion and greed you would expect from humans (or crabs). Well, that was my site. I emailed Maurice Dodd about it. And I got a reply. He hated it. I forget his exact words, but I think his faith is important to him, and I seemed to be mocking it.
As I said earlier, my life was turning upside down at the time, and I had already lost a lot of my old friends through rejecting their faith. So when Maurice Dodd didn't like my ideas either, I lost all enthusiasm for the site and the Perishers in general. I emailed him back and apologized profusely, and promised to take the site down and never put it up again.
Well that's the story. If you want I can email you the site (without the offending text).
I still think the early Perishers strips were brilliant, but speaking personally, the magic went out of it for me with that email. I left it another year or two and the magic didn't return, so I sold my Perishers original last month. Next month I will probably sell my collection of books on eBay (I have 25 of the first 30 books).
And that, gentle reader, is why Zak now has the site to himself.
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