a letter or note affixed to an arrow
plural: Messenge℞ \ˈmɛ.sɪn.dʒəɹz\†
a member of a modest corps of Christian heroes and heroines known for riding bicycles and carrying crossbows
Some of the Characters
Jennie, Dean, and Kelsey
Three 2nd graders determined to make their town, and county, a better place.
Woodrow Waters III
A winged beaver and monotreme long thought to be imaginary.
Pointe Blank County
The county name "Pointe Blank" is actually only meant to be a placeholder or default name. The plan is for readers and publisher-distributors of The Messenge℞™ to have the option of substituting in the name of their own real life county before downloading and printing out copies of the comic.
Thus in a very literal sense The Messenge℞ of Pointe Blank County™ takes place in Anytown, USA.
Why did we choose "Pointe Blank" specifically as our default county name? Simply because "Blank County", "Placeholder County", and the like sounded lame.
In order to address the fact that The Messenge℞™ always carry crossbows with them each issue of The Messenge℞ will begin with a scene similar to the following:
Someone asks The Messenge℞ "Why do y'all always carry crossbows?"
A pun about "our crossbows to bear", "the right to bear arms", or "something to bring to bear" is made.
Then all of a sudden someone gets attacked by a bear and The Messenge℞ jump into action shooting the bear with their crossbows.
After the bear drops to the ground, and The Messenge℞ have gone to check on it, someone asks "Is it dead?" To this one of The Messenge℞ replies "No, it's just traquilized" while another Messenge℞ chimes in "Better call animal control."
In order to make further light out of the literary necessity of tranquilizing bears a couple of panels could show Stephen Colbert declaring bears to be the #1 threat to America as part of the ThreatDown segment from his television show The Colbert Report. A good place for these two panels would be on one of the inside covers of the comic book.
The main story of each issue will usually involve The Messenge℞ delivering messages via suction cup crossbow bolt yabumi to people in need of moral, spiritual, and/or practical guidance. Most of the time more than just one person will need to be moved by counsel, scripture, Jesus and/or God in order for the problem at hand to be resolved.
Some additional comedy could be had in having The Messenge℞ shoot each other with suction cup yabumi bolts when one or more of them commits a transgression or gets out of hand in some way. The first Messenge℞ to get hit might say something like "What did you do that for?" To which the other Messenge℞ replies "Read the note." Then the first Messenge℞ could fire back at the second with a note about casting stones or some such. In there as well, someone could say "Ow, that hurts" and "No kidding, huh" as part of a good natured Three Stooges type of scene. A variation on this scene could show The Messenge℞ manual jabbing bolts onto each other's foreheads instead shooting them.
The publisher for The Messenge℞ will be named Manna Tree Comics™. The logo for Manna Tree Comics will be a lad and a lass sitting under a tree reading a book together with a couple of small mushrooms growing somewhere nearby.
*† Like the word "corps", "Messenge℞" is spelled the same for both its singular and its plural usages but it is pronounced differently for each. That is when the word "Messenge℞" is used in the singular it should be pronounced [ˈmɛ.sɪn.dʒəɹ] with the "x" of the "℞" remaining silent similar to the "x" in the word "faux". When "Messenge℞" is used in its plural form it should be pronounced [ˈmɛ.sɪn.dʒəɹz] where the "x" is sounded like a "z" such as in the word "xylophone". Furthermore, "Messenge℞" is considered to be a brand name and it is therefore always capitalized usually with its trademark italicized "M".‡
‡ We are well aware that we are styling our footnotes improperly and using note symbols unconventionally.§
§ Cwm fjord bank glyphs vext quiz.¶0123;)
¶ Cwm: a deep steep-walled basin on a mountain forming the blunt end of a valley.
0 Fjord: a narrow inlet of the sea between cliffs or steep slopes.
1 Bank: the rising ground bordering a lake, river, or sea.
2 Glyphs: symbolic figures or characters incised or carved in relief.
3 Vext: confused or fustrated completely.
;) Quiz: an eccentric person.456789101112...
∞ The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come
thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
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