Frequently Asked Questions
(1) Why don't the Girl and the Fed have names?
(2) Is the Fed in the FBI, the CIA, or some other agency?
(3) Where does this take place?
(4) (my personal favorite) Oh my God, why don't they have eyes?
Some of these details are intentionally excluded because I don't want to represent any specific person or organization; others were initially omitted because I started the comic with no artistic skills at all and gradually added the details as I improved. And they do have names. Readers should treat the comic as an illustrated book from which a new page is released three to five times a week, so please keep in mind that books don't answer every question as it is asked - it's a long-term project so if there's something that isn't immediately resolved, it will probably be answered later. For example, we've learned that the Fed started his career in a top-secret government delivery service called the Post Office.
I know that some people like the original version better but listen, guys, life is a process. I had no idea how to draw when I started the comic, and the story wobbles because the characters aren't consistent. These are mistakes. Mistakes can and should be fixed.
The Girl (AKA: Hope Blackwell): A woman in her mid-twenties, independently wealthy (thanks to Ben and gaming the stock market), is "employed" as an intern at a newspaper where she has an antagonistic relationship with her boss, and is pretty darned good at judo. She has a close relationship with Ben, having bonded with him seven years previously: it is only after meeting the Fed that she realizes Ben is actually a ghost and not a drug-related flashback.
Benjamin Franklin: While we know plenty about Ben Franklin the man, not much is known about Ben Franklin the ghost and he wants to keep it that way. He's tight-lipped about the Afterlife and thinks the living should stay out of the affairs of the dead. Apparently, Ben doesn't feel the same restrictions apply towards the dead themselves, as he was the one who put the Girl on a watchlist.
The Fed (AKA: Patrick "Pat" Mulcahy): A large man in his early thirties who has spent the last five years in a psychological and emotional fog thanks to the Pocket President. He is one of five hundred federal agents who participated in an experimental data networking program, and has only recently been able to shake off some of the negative effects of the Pocket President. He's now wondering why so many of the other agents in the Pocket President program have simply up and died...
Speedy: A genetically-engineered koala who is exceptionally good at problem-solving, particularly language-based problems. He was befriended by the Fed and his mentor, Rose, eight years ago.
Mike, Josh, Helen, and Rose are minor characters:
Mike: A master martial artist and practitioner of zen Buddhism. He also sees ghosts, and he recognized the same ability in the Girl several years before the story begins.
Josh: Another agent in the Pocket President program and a good friend of the Fed's.
Helen: The mysterious housewife.
Rose Myers: The Fed's mentor and former boss. In 1972, Rose was hired to clean up some of J. Edgar Hoover's more embarrassing mistakes. Following this, she started the Global Services Administration, a delivery service for the Intelligence sector. As the packages the GSA handles tend to be furious or ticking, its agents have the skills and training to make sure that these packages get delivered with the bare minimum of fuss. Rose was training the Fed to be her replacement and has a bone to pick with the head of the Pocket President Program. She has since left government service and operates a freelance agency for mercenaries, with on-site daycare and recreational activities for the community's children.
There are also some bad guys too, but we don't know much about them yet. Here's what we do know:
The Pocket President (AKA: Bitty Bush, Damned Bitty Bush, The-Fucking-Thing-That-Lives-In-My-Skull, etc.): A personal digital assistant hardwired directly into the user's brain. It automatically loads when its host experiences certain emotional states, such as doubt, and can be manually activated to search any number of databases at a prompt from its user. The Pocket President was designed to improve communications for undercover field agents who couldn't carry phones, computers, or other equipment, but rumor has it that the device has another, secret purpose.
Agent 146/Clarice Finch: An agent in the Pocket President program. She does not suffer the negative side effects of the chip to the same extent as the other agents.
Rudy: An agent in the Pocket President program who does most of Agent 146's dirty work. Unlike Agent 146, he does not enjoy it.
Asst. Director Richard Smithback: The head of the Pocket President program. He meets with some very unusual friends behind closed doors ...
You shouldn't feel the need to send me anything about lesbian koalas or oversexed koalas or anything else related to koalas and their sex lives - I'm perfectly happy knowing that they are perfectly happy without knowing the specifics. As for the thumbs? I'm sorry to have to bring this up but Speedy isn't real.