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Looking thru some old shots 
  virtual_gravy
 
04:27pm 01/01/2006
 
mood: amused
Happy new year!!!

I have been digigng thru some old shots from 2005 with M-A and Jen and a found a few alt shots that I never posted as well as some new stuff i forgot about entirly. So as a warmup for the "walking_monkey  Winter road trip 2006", here are some new shots of M-A and Jen:



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Tea With Penwan 
  virtual_gravy
 
05:55pm 10/11/2004
 

I finally got around to renewing my i-pix license. So I pumped out an i-pix from the last Penwan shoot to celebrate.

Have a spot of tea with PENWAN.

 

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Bwahaha! 
  teitha_noriel
 
06:36pm 27/07/2004
  So you've all seen the glamorous photo shoot pictures, right? Well, I have here a few legit, behind the scenes pictures. Pictures of everyone looking not-necessarily-so-glamorous. Secret pictures. Shhh. Don't tell anyone that I showed them to you.

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  virtual_gravy
 
09:22pm 22/07/2004
 
mood: busy
Here is yet another installment of M-A and JEN's Fantastic Foto Fest!

This one went more cyber punk.

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Here is yet another installment of M-A and JEN's Fantastic Foto Fest!

This one went more cyber punk.

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Jen and M-A Penwan Head shots 
  virtual_gravy
 
03:21pm 22/07/2004
  Here are the headshots of Penwan Masterminds Jen and M-A.

Is it hot in here?
Oh!
It is just Jen and M-A.

*Sizzles*

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Here are the headshots of Penwan Masterminds Jen and M-A.

Is it hot in here?
Oh!
It is just Jen and M-A.

*Sizzles*

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Cooking with Jen and M-A 
  virtual_gravy
 
12:07am 22/07/2004
  This one was hard to pick. We took tons of them. :)

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This one was hard to pick. We took tons of them. :)

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Walking Monkey 
  virtual_gravy
 
10:30pm 21/07/2004
 
mood: amused
Here is a little image made to promote our company "Walking Monkey"

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Here is a little image made to promote our company "Walking Monkey"

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Also be sure and check out Jen's account of the weekend photo shoot here: <lj user="teitha_noriel">

More images to follow...
 
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Shot 2 
  virtual_gravy
 
10:41am 21/07/2004
 
mood: awake
Here is image number two of the new images.

We worked with several different themes around the city. Some of the images are more complex ones that require lots of computer work, others are more simplistic direct photos like the first one.

There are quite a few of them. We will be publishing a slide show for you wonderful people in the next few days. But in the mean time:

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Here is image number two of the new images.

We worked with several different themes around the city. Some of the images are more complex ones that require lots of computer work, others are more simplistic direct photos like the first one.

There are quite a few of them. We will be publishing a slide show for you wonderful people in the next few days. But in the mean time:

<a href="http://www.jeremymasonmcgraw.com?rf=JMMLJ_pen" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.jeremymasonmcgraw.com/stories/penwan_7_20_2004/street.jpg"" align="Center"</a>

More to come... Stay tuned.
 
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Penwan in pictures 
  virtual_gravy
 
11:18pm 20/07/2004
 
mood: artistic
Greetings People of Penwan.

This weekend marked the first Penwan group photo session.

We will have lots of new images making their way to the internet soon.

Here is a little peak:

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Greetings People of Penwan.

This weekend marked the first Penwan group photo session.

We will have lots of new images making their way to the internet soon.

Here is a little peak:

<a href="http://www.jeremymasonmcgraw.com?rf=JMMLJ_pen" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.jeremymasonmcgraw.com/stories/penwan_7_20_2004/dsc_8062.jpg"" align="Center"</a>

More to come... Stay tuned.
 
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Penning Penwan 
  teitha_noriel
 
10:50pm 08/07/2004
 
mood: contemplative
Wow, Penwan Community.

I just wanted to swing through with the updates from the visual end of this project. Character work on our first issue is complete, and merely awaits the cooperation of my stubborn hard drive in order to lay out the intensely LARGE page documents. My computer, sweet and obliging though she may be, fails to recognize the importance of leading Nova to her favorite spot beneath a tree in the Penwan outskirts...or the crippling scenes that have to flash in static rapid succession through Autumn's mind as Nova's hand closes around hers...or the delicacy with which we're shading the falling patterns of light and shadow through the treetops. No, it is my computer's job to shrug her shoulders and reply, "No, I'm sorry Jen. You don't have enough room. Delete your entire life from me and then we'll talk."

Sketch work has begun for the first cycle of books. I don't know whether or not I'm at liberty to say which play we're tackling first...suffice it to say that the visual style of the first issue is going to undergo a severe and desperate shift for the first cycle. Lush blue greens and tender skin tones, all hugged in curving line work, will be replaced with stark emptiness and weighty shadow, all throbbing from beneath with a pulsing red undercurrent.

I'm sorry, was that a hint?

So as my hard drive slowly defrags in preparation for page layouts, I wait. Characters are running around in my head with no where to go, and it's beginning to frustrate me. I'm running off now, to pore over the finished characters and make sure that I haven't left anyone out.

See you on the other side.

Jen
 
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Ladye's Ramblings 
  ladyegreen
 
06:18pm 02/06/2004
 
mood: artistic
Cross posted from my own journal..from a couple days ago.

Good evening,

It's 10:13pm by my watch. I'm sitting in my computer chair trying to write up a summary on penwan because I promised city_of_dis that I would do so, back in April. *sighs* I haven't completed in my assignment because lately my brain has been full of my own world Quinn. The two writing styles his and mine...just clash horribly and I can't exist in my world and his at the same time. I'm afraid of overbleed, that probably makes no sense to anyone who doesn't write.

As Penwan says...there's something in the water.

Penwan is fantastic..bloody brilliant. One day I'm going to chortle to someone that I was one of the fortunate few who knew M-A before the entire world. But, alas, not near as closely as those whose real life he inhabits.

Penwan...what to say about Penwan? Penwan is reading about glass being ripped from your soul out through your skin and instead of feeling pain you are mesmerized by the droplets of blood glistening for a half a fraction of a second in the air. But other times in other scenes it is the laughter of the greatly amused who finally realize that life spins in their minds and yet is still subject to a script and cue cards.

I think everyone who reads Penwan is going to walk away with something radically different in mind. I think M-A will be lucky to find two people who agree it is about the same thing and lucky to find two others that actually nail what he meant. It is rich, excessive, and the nooks and crannies hold things that might have sharp teeth, or may be a small mammalian creature holding up a pair of wax teeth twice its size.

Mental mind f**k and like all manners of f**k's it is as grand, abusive, thrilling, normal, insane, desired and justified as the person experiencing it. I recommend you experience it when it becomes available.

I've read what I've been sent and several times I've come away with mental vertigo. Brushed up against characters that moved me, characters that made me laugh, and characters that made my skin crawl. People I felt sorry for and people I wanted to feel sorry for others. It is a kaleidescope of interconnected events and people....Poems created in flesh and brothers that last fought it out on the deserts over a handful of tribes.

L.
 
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Somehow character driven with a plot. Who knew this was possible? 
  arkadeis
 
01:46am 14/05/2004
  In the play My True North we meet a number of characters who will be vital to the later plays. As such this play is more about the development of characters then about the actual plot bits. This is the story of the birth and childhood of a set of triplets. Lets start in on the characters shall we?

First we meet Chakra, the father. He is a hippy, and an all around slushy guy. Not a lot of personality at this point. He is like an ottoman, you are glad he is there but he isn’t exactly a hot topic of conversation. Although it might have already been implied when I called him a hippy, he is a pothead.

Summer comes next. She is something of an enigma. She acts as a midwife during the birth of the twins. Her strength lies in her connection to the mystical and to other people. She believes strongly in the powers that be. Also a pothead.

Lavender, the mother, comes next as the birth progresses. Like the other two, she is a hippy. She also has a strong sense of the sacred in her life, although at times the pot they all smoke gets in the way. Well, I don’t think she sees it as getting in the way, but I certainly do. Have we noticed a theme yet? If I were my English teacher I would start assigning random symbolism to weed at this point. But no, that comes later.

At this point we are introduced to the triplets themselves. In true hippy fashion they have a naming ceremony for the kids shortly after their birth. Oh hippies, how fun you are to watch and mock. I am going to pull quotes from this ceremony to describe each kid individually.

First we meet Nova, one of the triplets. This is their second name, the public one given to her by Lavender. I name you Nova. Your spirit is one of purpose and power. You will be an explosive force of fire and energy. Your light will shine for all to see and when you have passed, it will burn greater still, my beautiful daughter. I really have nothing to add to this one. Nova is amazing. She cares so much about the world, and about people; yet she is fiery and perfectly capable of the explosion her name implies.

The next to be named is Slushyboy, as with Nova the quote is his second name given this time by Chakra. At birth he was joined with his brother, but they were surgically separated early on. You will be a fun spirit who sees the world as his playground, knowing more than most and understanding the workings of a universe that perplexes its lost souls. I name you SlushyBoy in the spirit of fun and frivolity. For most of this play this name seems ironic. He feels anything but fun and frivolity. He is serious when he is not flat out insane with depression. But as we all get to know him better, we see the simple truth behind the name Chakra gave him at birth.

Last we get to meet Fenchel, the other of the conjoined boys. } You will be a bright, shining beacon. You will be trustworthy, loyal and true to yourself and others. You will be a healer. I name you Fenchel. And he is. His love for Slushyboy is astounding; they are very nearly a single entity. Yet even with this love, which is all consuming for Slushyboy, he is able to take some time to understand Nova and Summer in ways the Slushyboy cannot. He proves his loyalty many times.

Here is where I assign random symbolism to weed. The kids fight over it, with the implication that they do it a lot. Nova owes Slushyboy some pot. She gives it to Fenchel under the premise that the boys share everything, but he promptly smokes all of it without letting Slushyboy know. Mmmm hippy teenagers, the best of both worlds.

The fighting is less about the pot, and more about a literal manifestation of their relationships. Nova feels left out constantly, and knows that Fen will smoke it all. She more or less does this to be a bitch and get on Slushyboy’s nerves. We have all been there.

Lets talk a little more about that Nova being an outsider bit, as this is where the title comes from.

Nova is depressed because she was not joined at birth. Slushyboy and Fenchel are closer to one another than they are to her. She needs to find what she called her true north. This concept is based on a metaphor she made in one of her many writings.

Looking at the house from above
Our beds all line up from room to room
But I am furthest North
To the North of the others is someone else
To my North is the bathroom
There is no one for me
But the toilet.


No one seems to fully understand and appreciate her pain, except for Summer. Her constant empathy and ability to…read is the wrong word…understand the thoughts and desires of other is shown when she tells Nova the story of Tristan and Isolde. Isolde is a part of Nova, either in rebirth or in the nature of history repeating the same stories time and again.

That’s about all I want to talk about in terms of plot. Like I said, in the case of this play (or at least my reading of it) the characters are the important thing. That and I am not revealing some of the things that happen. Wouldn’t want to spoil anything.

Each of these characters have quite unique personalities in themselves and in their interactions with one another, which to me is one of the signs of a great writer. M-A shows his skill here by quickly giving us a window into each persons soul.

And so, now that we have all met, I am going to shut up. Unless y’all comment that is, I will try to respond to all the comments.
 
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  arkadeis
 
03:00pm 24/04/2004
 
mood: artistic
I am going to be writing in this community on a fairly regular basis through the summer, and maybe a little beyond then, depending on what happens and how I feel about my semester. What I am going to be doing is giving some reactions to the plays; more or less writing reviews of them.

Although for the most part I will be doing this in no particular order, I would like to go ahead and start with My True North, which is, in part, going to kick off the comic book. This should be posted within the next week or two, as work and school allow. As I have no part in the comic book process itself, from here on they are going to come in whatever order I feel makes sense. This might be exactly how it will happen in the books, it might not even be close.

A few notes about the plays. I have by no means read them all, but I have read enough to catch on to a thing or two. They all interlock, sometimes in very odd/unexpected ways. This is one of my major struggles in planning these; I have no idea how best to order them. There might be a time I combine two plays into one post, or even more. I also will almost certainly refer back to plays I have already discussed. If it gets confusing for you, please just ask me and I will try to clarify.

Another selling point about these plays is their unusual mix of mood. Although at times I might describe a play as overall being funny, there will be serious/disturbing moments in it, and the other way around. Basically just keep in mind that our benevolent leader likes to play with people’s emotions. In a good way.

One final warning before we begin. These are my reactions/interpretations only, they are in no way the definitive way to read these plays. They are, in fact, not even how the author reads them in many respects. We got into quite the discussion about my interpretations. In fact we had a few. I suppose he still doesn’t agree with me per se.
 
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Penwan Update 
  city_of_dis
 
02:18pm 07/04/2004
 
mood: accomplished
Hello, Penwan peeps!

Our Penwan meetings have been exceptionally productive, a lot of ground has been covered, and we'd like to keep you in the loop!

Currently, we are planning for a late summer release of the first issue of Penwan. For those of you familiar with the story, this issue will deal with the interactions between Nova and Autumn in the play My True North. This may be labeled #1 or #0, depending on how we decide to arrange the narrative.

Penwan will be published as a monthly series, 6 months on and 6 months off. Each issue will be 12-20 pages, full color and we expect that the price will be somewhere in the $4 range for each issue. The first issue will have an initial limited run of 1,000 copies, which will all be signed and numbered by Jen and I. The off months will be the times in which Jen does her magic with the artwork, I polish up, edit and rearrange the scripts/story into 6-issue series, and we keep you updated on our progress on the website. Expect to see sneak peaks of new characters and art, fan mail and chances to wins t-shirts, poster prints of the art, signed scripts and other fun, fun bonuses.

We should be sending out our first newsletter next week, so get all of your friends to go to the site and join the mailing list.

Some new character sketches and other artwork will be on the site soon, so keep checking back.

Now comes the part where your help will be the most appreciated:

Promotion.

In order to get this book on its feet and make it successful, we need Penwan fans to spread the word. Once the website is updated, we will inform you here. Once that is done, we'd like you all to tell your friends about the book and about the site. If you have read/seen any of the plays, feel free to write reviews and reactions to them here in this community - we might post what you like on the website.

Also, for extra fun, go up to strangers in public and whisper "Find Penwan" in their ears, then walk away. If they're curious people, they will search for the word until they find us, and we want curious people to read our book. Screw the non-curious monkeys.

M-A
 
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Penwan Meeting 
  city_of_dis
 
02:43pm 27/03/2004
 
mood: optimistic
Hello everyone,
This is just to keep you updated on the progress of the book. This afternoon, we are holding our first telecomference with everyone involved in the production of this series and from there, we will be able to keep you posted on everything Penwan. We have people from every corner of the country (and abroad!) contributing, and we're about to kick things into high gear. Here is our team, thus far:

Jennifer Gillette
Art/Development

Marc-Anthony Macon
Script/Development

Jeremy Mason McGraw
Website Design/Development

Kennda Lian Lynch
Promotion/Legal/Business Planning

Nick Schall
Research/Web Development

John Pettersson
Web Content

After the meeting, one of us will post notes to let you know how things are developing. We also have new art to show off, which will be up on the website (www.penwan.com) within the next week.

Thanks for your interest and stay posted!

M-A
 
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We need some help 
  arkadeis
 
07:47pm 20/03/2004
 
mood: devious
This is only somewhat on topic, but it needs to be done.

I was talking to our beloved host M-A the other day about that nickname meme thing that was going about. After explaining what it is (and has anyone known him to be up on livejournal random fads?) he told me he doesn't have any nicknames.

At first I thought this was just another way he is weird. How anyone can grow up without generating a number of random nicknames is beyond me. Then I decided it is somewhat sad. This is a major childhood stage that he missed out on.

I have decided that all of us in the Penwan Community need to give him nicknames. It can be anything, it can have context or not, be funny or not. Whatever.

I'll go first. I now dub you My lil' demi-god of licking. Context for this is your most recent post, proving you are a demi-god, and the fact that you seem to lick people a lot. Plus that icon...you know the one.

Anyway, lets hear some more kids.
 
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Lost and Confused 
  ladyegreen
 
10:14pm 11/03/2004
  Okay, so I've been reading something else..and now I want to go read penwan...except..except...I can't find the damn story on the site.

It may be my browser...however, because it's kooky from time to time.

Help?

Ladye
 
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Hark my fellow Oatmeallings 
  arkadeis
 
03:59pm 10/03/2004
 
mood: accomplished
I think it is time to let everyone know that I am in love with M-A. Or at least his writing. I am about 2/3 of the way done with the third play of his I have read. Curse his talent!

Anyway, I just wanted to say that I think Robin is still my favorite character, with Marian in a close second. As a direct result of Marian I had a fantasy involving gnomes taking me to their home planet. Made for a fun hour of class though.

Also also want to post this just to test out the word Oatmeallings. I think I need to work out the spelling a bit more, but generally I am happy with it.

I will be posting more here as I read more, hope no one minds. I told you I would post something in here M-A, sorry its so short and it took me so damn long. I will post more next time, I swear.
 
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ROBIN! 
  pravoxian
 
11:15pm 23/02/2004
 
mood: bouncy
Deaths name is Robin...
The grim reapers name is Warren

And theres a kid named Jupiter who has an imaginary friend named Pain and who builds pain kits...

I LOVE THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL!!

THANK THE GODS FOR SENDING city_of_dis TO US.....

Thank You.....*sniff*....*sniff*
 
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Of A Boy Who Bleeds 
  deathisahedgeho
 
03:55pm 19/02/2004
 

There’s a boy in the classroom with blood on his face, talking to the best lover he ever had. There’s a girl in the mental ward with a suitcase that’s too big, talking about gnomes and Smurfs and her most favorite bands. You’ll meet her again, sadder then, older, with ghosts in her house and a memory that won’t go away. Welcome to Penwan. This is what it can do to you.

 

Jupiter’s Only Moon isn’t the first Penwan story in terms of any chronology, but if I had to pick one starting point, one gateway into this quiet little Washington town, I think Jupiter’s Only Moon would be it. Partly it’s due to craft – unromantically enough. There are enough hooks here – to use a banal term – enough hints and innuendos – to ensure that you’ll stick around. That ending? It’s not an ending. And the beginning isn’t where it really begins, either. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you won’t be meeting some of these people again. Penwan makes people stay.

 

It’s not just craft, though; it’s not just the technical ability of an immensely skilled storyteller. It runs deeper than that. There’s something in the water. There are hooks and hints and innuendos in any given episode of any daytime soap opera you want to name; any daytime-television hack knows enough to get people invested in the overall story arc. And for all we know, Penwan might be a soap opera. It’s a soap opera in the same manner that Twin Peaks was a soap opera. Or your town is a soap opera.

 

Beneath the papers of the comic book, or the script, or the computer screen you’re reading from, Penwan is alive. It breathes, moves, watches. It knows who you are, and it knows why you came. Its inhabitants all have stories. And Jupiter’s Only Moon makes you want to hear every single one, starting with the sad kid in the hospital bed with the razor in his hand. And he’ll tell you his, albeit unwillingly. He doesn’t talk much. The people around him do; they talk so much you can’t make out what they’re saying half the time. That doesn’t mean their stories aren’t important or necessary or that they won’t be told in due time; but this isn’t their story. This is the story of a boy and his moons.

 

I mean, I have to come clean; of course I’m biased. You want to talk about personal impact, first impressions, what this all means to me? Jupiter’s Only Moon was the first Penwan play I ever read, the first time I came to this strange little place where the boiler room is hell, the sasquatches walk in the woods, and a frog can be the best friend a girl’s ever had. Defining it in pop-cultural terms, Penwan might be Twin Peaks with They Might Be Giants on the stereo, but in Jupiter’s Only Moon they’re playing the saddest song I’ve ever heard.

 

This is Jupiter’s story, a story about why he’s in the hospital and who put him there. A story about planets and friendships and blood. And there’s pain in there, too – lots of pain. And death (he has an Australian accent.) It doesn’t last as long as many of the other stories the people in Penwan will tell you, because Jupiter, as mentioned, isn’t a big talker; but it doesn’t have to. In it there are beginnings of a thousand other stories, a thousand stories to make up one single little town in Washington. This is Jupiter’s story, brief and sad as it is, but Jupiter’s story will get a lot of other people talking. Keep your ear to the ground and you’ll hear them.

 

Maybe not at first; maybe you’ll avert your eyes from the computer screen, or put the script down, or close the comic book, and you’ll have met Jupiter and there’s a part of you that considers the encounter finished; but soon you will begin to notice the vibrations, the rumbling, the mumbling roar of a distant crowd. Penwan is out there; Jupiter showed it to you.

 

Go find it.

 
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