Bob and George
Friday, February 2nd, 2001 #294
The Aftermath of Bob Palpatine Wannabe
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One recurring problem with the Author as a character is his level of involvement. What, exactly, is he responsible for? What falls outside his responsibilities? I mean, seeing as how he's the Author, isn't he technically responsible for everything? But that brings up other questions, like, if the Author truly cares about his creation, how can he allow evil into the comic? How can he allow his beloved characters to be harmed? I hope I'm not getting too meta here.

On the other hand, if the Author never put his characters into dangerous situations, there would be no conflict, and without conflict, the comic would probably be pretty boring. I mean, what would the comic be like if every time a character got into trouble, the Author just pfoofed in, waved his hand, and erased the villain with a thought? (And since he technically created the villain in the first place, why bother even creating the villain?)

That kind of deus ex machina doesn't really work for me. Instead, I prefer to think that the Author is subtly manipulating events from afar, setting events into motion, creating a series of convoluted circumstances that will ultimately put things exactly as the Author intends, even if the intent isn't obvious from the beginning. You know, like the Emperor from Star Wars.

Besides which, if the Author had just stopped Bob, then Bob never would have gone on his dimension-hopping adventures and George would never had needed to grow as a character, which was, in the end, apparently the entire point of the comic.

Of course, that's what I'd like to think. We all know I just made it all up as I went along.
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