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Damon Thomas is a sixth-generation Floridian who grew up on the banks of the Suwannee in rural Dixie County, FL. A kid there once burned down the Scout Hut. An old log cabin in the Cross City park. When asked why he just said that he was bored. All from the area could relate. Small town boredom. Rural gloom. Damon has released 20 Spoken Word albums & 7 books on life in that Southern Gothic setting. #SouthernGothic #writing

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ruralgloom, to comics
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"Sure Sky Wizard, Help Yourself!" #comics #40s

ruralgloom, to writing
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"Not Talking About My Past"

ruralgloom, to poetry
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A Poet Fest bonus! with @BlunderBusted

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Yes, very few people make a living doing art, and even fewer make a living doing the art they want. Maybe this is just me, but it seems like there's something about art that is anti-fascist and anti-capitalist. Authoritarians fear self expression, arts always seem the first to go when things get more conservative, and yet it has never stopped us. If they take everything away, we will draw on cave walls with charcoal from a fire, make dolls of corn husks, carve bones into beads, make bowls of mud, write stories in blood, make musical instruments out of anything, we will remember our history through song. We will pass these things down as evidence that we could never completely be silenced, we were here, we matter.

ruralgloom,
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@RickiTarr It might not make a living but creative works make for a nice life. Through writing I've made friends and been invited to parties. Traveled for special events. Once I wrote about losing all my old photos and was showered with old photos people had saved. All more than money alone could buy.

ruralgloom, to comics
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I pitched the idea of a mastodon comic anthology a bit ago.This got a good response. And as an avowed indie DIY type.. that means it's time to make a book! If you'd like to contribute 1-4 pages of comics to me via DM. These can be published elsewhere already as long as you retain rights to do so. You'll retain all rights in any dealings with me. (Creators > Publishers!) 300dpi or better is nice for printing. We'll get everything together with an intro and a nice cover. Provide a PDF to all and distribute via Amazon at print cost. Deadline: 5/1. Any questions? Just ask! #comics #book #mastodon #anthology

ruralgloom, to movies
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Happy Rex Manning Day to all who celebrate.

ruralgloom, to music
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When I hear the percentage of GNU/LINUX desktop usage has increased? Only one way that happens! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CGUPxjb88A

ruralgloom, to comics
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Mastodon has a lot of folks making comics. Some day we should get ourselves a fedi comic anthology together!

ruralgloom, to writing
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Bandcamp Friday! As I understand it.. I'll get a bigger cut of the $0 I charge to stream and download? Piles of Southern Gothic Spoken Word as heard on @radiofreefedi available here: https://damonthomas.bandcamp.com/

ruralgloom, to writing
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Kurt Cobain died 30 years ago today. His death upset everyone I knew. In my case the timing was bad. I headed into a big test in low spirits. Our lives are shaped by countless events. And poverty leaves little room for error. @BlunderBusted captured the feel of it all in our new comic "Southern Gothic Children's Book." Leaving school behind and walking ahead into the unknown – "Good Luck '94." We had to find our own way. I'd start trying to write about my rural youth while at that community college. And now I have whole books.

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Tell me a silly/funny childhood story!

I'll start:

One time in Sunday School, the teacher was talking about the difference between humans and animals, and mentioned that Animals had Tails and humans didn't. I let her know this was not true, because my Dad had a tail, just in the front, instead of the back. The teacher was silent for several seconds, and tried to correct me in a church appropriate way, but I doubled down, and insisted that my little brothers also had front tails too. This got so heated that the teacher had to go get my parents to take me out of Sunday School.

ruralgloom,
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@RickiTarr When I was a very young kid my family found a taxidermied Roadrunner. For whatever reason.. I was terrified of it! Nothing like the cartoons. Seeing I was scared of it you'd think they'd put it away? But no! Instead they started placing it on anything they wanted to keep me away from. A step stool, a shelf covered in ceramic "what nots" etc. This went on until I decided to toss a ball at this bird. A hit! But it also broke a shelf of tacky 70s ceramic things as well.

ruralgloom, to comics
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If Magic the Gathering was a 40s comic.

ruralgloom, to music
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ruralgloom, to music
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ruralgloom, to random
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I have a high school reunion coming up. Now as I understand it those mostly exist to show past jerks you are doing better than they are now. But in my tiny rural hometown school's case many of the worst guys are just sort of pitiful now? Very beat up. So I'll likely just share a shirtless photo in the planning group chat and stay home.

ruralgloom, to Quotes
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"I think Bigfoot is blurry, that's the problem. It's not the photographer's fault. Bigfoot is blurry, and that's extra scary to me. There's a large, out-of-focus monster roaming the countryside." — Mitch Hedberg

ruralgloom, to comics
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We're about a week out from the launch of a new comic – "Southern Gothic Children's Book." My stories paired with @BlunderBusted 's art. Everything looks great! From cover to the sticker-worthy incidental art. You'll be hearing more about all this soon.

ruralgloom, to music
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This is a very odd cover. I'm not sure why it exists.. How did this even happen? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8gWU2CH32U #music #cover

ruralgloom,
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@matthewconroy The original feels like more of an experiment than a composition. So the oddness is seeing any attempts at a "faithful" cover.

ruralgloom, to comics
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"Let's Be Adult!"

ruralgloom, to Paranormal
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We are just a few days away from a local semi-pro basketball team unveiling a new mascot. Johnnie the St. Johns River Monster! #mascot #cryptid #jacksonville #florida

ruralgloom, to DnD
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A night at the theatre! "She Kills Monsters" makes Dungeons and Dragons look as cool as we felt playing it as teens in the 90s.

ruralgloom, to Games
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