Dividing The Deluge
The Incomplete Annotations of Book Two of the New Apocrypha, The Nonstandard Assembly. The Kin Of The Cup
By Jon Towers
with exclusive material!
Abbreviations of referenced books:
The Heart of Abracax, Book One
of the New Apocrypha
Page 9: Axx hangs out at bars that have bible themed or esoteric names. Jonny Axx appears in: HOA, SYN, TNA3, IEYS, DJ.
Page 10: Gretchen Cooper
appears in: SYN, TNA2, TNA3, DJ, TI.
Page 12: Sgt Layne McCord also
appears in: TNA2, TNA3 and DJ.
Page 18: Emma The Ghost appears in SYN, briefly in DJ, and has a role in an upcoming story.
Page19: Shin also appears in:
SYN,TNA2, TNA3, DJ.
Page 24: The events of this story will be featured in an upcoming story. There is a tarot card theme here: the tapestry of “The Tower” and the tower actually burning.
Page 26: I was inspired by and based Leechman on the archetype of the charismatic leader. I pulled from all different types of these guys; “Socialist” Jim Jones, “Anarchist” Charlie Manson, “Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll” Aleister Crowley, and even a little Hitler thrown in there. It is important to note that he is dispensing pills (presumably some degree of psychotropic drug, and who even knows what kind of wine this guy serves at these things.) Leechman is an elitist type, with his wildly successful pharmaceutical company and his esoteric writing Constituent Zero and most conspiracy types would probably refer to him as an Illuminati.
Page 28: These guys actually look like the characters from the suit of Cups from the Waite Rider Tarot card deck.
Page 29: Nysrogh the Demon Lord also appears in: HOA, IEYS and TNA3. The building is the side of the USX Steel Tower. It is featured in HOA and sort of acts as an Axis Mundi in that story.
Page 31: Frame 1; Behind the truck you see spray painted on the wall “WMMS ROCKS!” WMMS is the radio call letters for the Cleveland area radio station I grew up listening to as a kid. It is actually a double reference because WMMS is the only authentic part of Cleveland that appears in Howard The Duck. Beverly has an WMMS bumper sticker on her guitar case. Frame 3; The Plain Dealer is a Cleveland area news paper.
Page 37: Stitch penetrating
Emma the Ghost with his knife while saying “mother” is creepy to
me. It is or will become very clear that Stitch has mother issues big
Page 39: The Advanced
mechanics Research Annex (ARMA) also appears in HOA, and will make
appearances going forward. ARMA is like an analog of the real life
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). They are a
Government Agency dedicated to developing super science for military
application. ARMA will be featured heavily in later stories.
Page 45: McCord is like Ward Cleaver trapped in the body of a Sherman Tank.
Page 49: Gretchen Cooper’s childhood was patterned after a Nancy Drew sort of archetype.
Page 56: This is the introduction to the concept of The Wheel. Here it is a symbol of material world spinning chaotically through space / time. As we wade deeper into the stories it’ll crop up again.
Page 59: Frame 2; Jonny Axx.
Frame4; The Demon Lord Abracax, who appeared in HOA. Frame 5; The
Archangel Uriel, who appeared in HOA. Frame 6; The Demon Lord Nysrogh.
Page 61: The Hierophant represents Callisto. It is the fifth Major Arcana card it means “knowledge, power, duality and experience”. It is a picture of The Pope, you know? But let’s not get too literal. The Hierophant is someone one who receives the word of God and translates it to the masses. Callisto is not receiving or translating the word of the Hebrew God. The Wheel Of Fortune represents The Wheel. That is to say the material world. It is the tenth Major Arcana Card, it means “turning points, fate and expansion.”
Page 62: The Star card is pregnant with symbols, it represents The cross-over main stream super star Bree whom we will meet later. It is also symbolic of The Deluge where she is shown literally pouring water from a lake or something onto the Earth. It is the seventeenth Major Arcana card. The World; Literally The World. It is the twenty first card of the Major Arcana, it means “renewal of forces, regeneration and peace of mind”. The wreath is an ouroborous like shape reminding us the destructive nature of the world. The Ouroborous and The Flood can mean the same thing, as far as the symbolism is concerned in that it destroys to create / sustain. The four different faces are the different faces of the mighty Cherubim from Ezekiel 1:6 (Eagle, Bull, Man, Lion). This directly ties into DJ linking The World with the Council of the Cherubim. The Judgment card represents the end of days, it is also foreshadowing the next book with all the zombies and so forth, it is also literally heralding the coming end of days in upcoming stories. It is the twentieth Major Arcana card, it means “rebirth, restart, end of repressions and salvations”.
Page 63: The Devil represents Nysrogh. It is the fifteenth card of the Major Arcana, it means “materialism, anger, temptation and ignorance”. The King of Cups represents Stanford Leechman. It is a Minor Arcana card. He is literally surrounded by water. The Knight of Cups represents Mr. Waite. It is a Minor Arcana card.
Page 66: Leechman’s mansion also appears in, TNA2, DJ, TI.
Page 68: In Nonstandard Assembly stories the moon is always a waning crescent moon. The waning moon is a time for and brings on instinctual growth and creativity.
Page 69: There are cups, water and tide symbols all over the place. See if you can find them all!
Page 86: This is the Emsworth Dam down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh. When I was working on this book I called to get permission to take reference photos and go on a tour. They took down all of my info, a day or two later they called me back to tell me I didn’t pass their security screening process. Combat engineers man, who could trust them?
Page 91: I actually had to
rent the DVD of Chicago to figure out how to do these lyrics.
Page 102: Flood myths are
everywhere throughout history and prehistory on every content from
Mesopotamia and Gilgamesh to Genesis and Noah. Since God promised to
not destroy with water again of course Nysrogh would want to flip that
and use flood. Floods as a symbol are obviously powerful, they are
forces of destruction and creation. Cleansing to make way for the new
or nest thing. Joseph Campbell equated the waters of the flood as a
symbol for the mind, with the surface being the conscious and the
depths under the surface as the subconscious. It can also be a symbol
for emotion and creativity. Part of the flood story from Genesis will
be revisited in the early pages of DJ.
Page 104: Mr. Waite losing control of his growing of his growing power and becoming a blobby like creature could be just a weird-o quirky way to present a big boss at the finale of the book. It also represent and could be a supplement to the symbolism of the flood / water in a few ways. He is de-evolving from man backwards into an aquatic type of organism. Also the fluidity of the creature by its nature reflects the water itself. This presents Waite in this way as a false or substitute Water Elemental. It is also worth considering that he didn’t necessarily lose control, but perhaps his condition was engineered to be tied into this event. As he might have been intended to be the second wave, the second attack of the flood.
Page 113: Frame 2; on the media wall behind Gretchen; Millionaire Murdered!, Proof of Ghosts?, The End is Near.