Instead of a collection of random images related to the theme, I wanted to present a complete story. This story and the characters were somehow suggested by the little people (I forget their name) who lived in a locker in the movie "Men in Black II." The stories are not related, but the idea came from that. All of the art was made with Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens. I wanted to try them on a project, and I am satisfied with the result. And, they were fun to use. Because some readers might take this book to be a children's story, I kept the script and the art as non-violent as possible considering the context is a war story. The result is a kind of parable, with a happy ending. The title says it's Episode 5, but there are no episodes 1-4. That's just a setting tool. The book required a lot of research: asparagus, berries, animals, weapons, so that even though the characters and animals are fictitious, the presentation of the content is authentic. I wanted it to be somewhat believable so it would engage the reader's interest and not set off "fraud" alarms when the reader saw something that doesn't exist. I knew from the start that the story had to have a plot and a moral, and I wanted it to be upbeat in the telling and in the ending. The same story and moral could have been conveyed in more gory and gruesome terms, but there's enough of that in the real news. In this book, the Dappazutals solve their problem the way I'd like to see problems solved. Peacefully, and with plenty of good food!
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