The following in-depth discussion ensued after one of my fans and I were discussing some of the WWII connections with my FEM-32 universe. Much of it got into serious explanations regarding events and characters and by the time I was done with it, I realized that many of you might also like to read this to get a better idea of what the hell is going on in my comics. So consider this sort of a closet-sneek-peek into my plotting...and how I've weaved fact and fiction together to create the Fem-32 comic-verse. A lot of people have asked me over the years if my comics are based on reality or if I allude to conspiracies and whatnot...and the answer is both yes and no. I will say 90% of my comics are purely fake and fiction. I toss in 10% of people and events from history only to make the stories more interesting. I've always thought it was cool to fill in gaps in historical accounts. I love reading that sort of fiction and also writing it. But to make the answer short and sweet, no, I'm a fiction writer...not a conspiracy theorist. If you've got a moment or so, read the excerpt below and you can get a good look into my series and what's real and what's not and why. I apologize that it rambles a lot and bounces around. It's an email to a fan already knowledgeable on much of what's discussed. So this excerpt wasn't created as a "for everybody" publication. But as I said, it contained a lot of info that might be of interest to all my other super-fans out there.
"...studio caught some flak over the Valkyrie movie because the "good" guys in it were technically Germans. What people fail to see so often though, mostly out of outright lazy ignorance, is that there was a distinct difference between Germans and Nazis. Not all Germans were Nazis...and not all of the Nazis were bad guys. Take a look at Herr Schindler for instance. Party member and supported the Nazis like a money grubbing little bitch...but in the end, he saved lives though he profited greatly and lived like a king for years off the labor and imprisonment of various groups in Germany. So we wipe the slate clean for him and call him a hero. But was he really? Or just a bad guy who had a last minute change of heart when he saw everything crumbling. Had it not crumbled would he have ever freed his slaves [aka his concentration camp workforce]? Now by no means do I intend to tarnish the man here, but if you've watched Spielberg's movie, you know this guy was no saint. The point here, is that I'm trying to back up my statement about not all heroes being super-good and not all bad guys being evil. I like to reflect reality in my fiction and so I don't truly think there are perfect human beings anywhere. As the old saying goes, we're born from sin...and so I think ultimately we all do, at some point, things we're not proud of...either by mistake or by accident. And that carries over to groups and governments as well. So seldom do I ever present a character who doesn't have dirt on them somewhere. Instead I have a procession of figures who are likable and unlikable. I let their final actions speak for themselves. Are they hero or villain...I let the reader decide that.
So we arrive at the gray zone between white and black lines. How bad are you before you're evil? Is redemption possible and to what degree? This was my whole premise behind Neue Rasse. Nazis...some good...some bad...anti-heroes if you will. Grupenplott is obviously the tortured soul...who we know is a good guy to some degree...he's the Schindler sort in our story...but where does Irma fall? Will she end up good or bad? And Doctor Ackland...obsessed with his pursuit of science...but where will that lead him? When one doesn't give a damn about politics, it can lead to some very poor decisions. And the mysterious Professor Sievers [based on a real leader of the Ahnenerbe]...what's his bag in all of it? Is he good or bad or what the hell? Obviously the real Sievers wasn't a good guy...but this is fiction and it's not the exact same person. So I'm leaving that hanging...and time will tell.
Another super-fan asked me what else I had to tell or explain in Neue Rasse now that all is pretty much connected. I told him I had only tipped the iceberg with it. There is far more going on in the 1935-45 span of the FEM-32 universe than I have covered thus far. As I alluded to in the other series, the war was a battle between two secretive groups...the Thule and the Guild. A proxy war if you will. The Thule backed the Nazis in a bid to wipe out the Guild in Europe and destroy their hold over mankind once and for all, but the Guild, with the money behind them, pushed the entire world into war to save their hold on Europe and preserve their power. 1945 marks the end of the Thule...or will it? As Trisha Stanton explained...the Thule merely learned an important lesson that they could not and would not seek to wage open war against the Guild again...the cost in human lives was too profound. The Guild were willing to drag the entire planet into war just to save their power base. Thus the Thule take up the Guild's methods of hiding...infiltrating...and controlling from behind the scenes. After the war, they become ghosts...haunting the modern Guild.
I'll give you a hint...from the close of the Eyeland series...guess who was funding Mason's campaign against the webmaster? Expect to see him and his men over and over again. As the Guild becomes more and more bold...presenting themselves and their power openly, such as when Coleman lands on the ship with his Viper guards...they will become easier targets...and thus the Thule will begin to move against them. Coleman is playing into their hands. The more they spook him, the bigger walls he builds...and the more visible his forces become. Does Mason know who he works for? Does he care? Obviously we know the Thule isn't racist...as Nurse Hernandez so aptly showed us, so are the Thule really bad guys? Or do we fall back into that gray zone where maybe now they're not AS bad as they once might have been? Their goals are enlightenment and discovery...science and utopia for mankind...or is it? Some within their ranks are still obsessed with the destruction of the Guild alone...and revenge for the destruction of WWII and the ancient murder of Hiram. Yet others within their group adhere to the original beliefs of Hiram...essentially remaining vigilant in the face of evil...and on their quest for enlightenment. So the Thule, in my series, are split at times. Pulling in two directions. So you can't say they are good guys...or bad guys. They just are. But better than the Guild? Maybe. Probably. If I had to pick a side were they real...who would I align with? Maybe the Thule I guess...but only because to me, the Guild seem far more diabolical and greedy as well as murderous. That's where Clarissa Chapman's groups comes in. She leads a small team that eventually is comprised of former Guild and former Thule operatives who believe neither side has the well-being of humanity OR the Offspring in mind.
Oops...did I just reveal something upcoming? Yes I did. There will be some twists ahead that you will not see coming...
And as I've hinted at in various series, something is coming. Something dark and deadly...something that the World Tree is aware of and thus the MIB and their illustrious mother. But what is that dark destiny we've yet to meet and why does the safety of the Offspring play such a vital role in it? Why did the Others leave Earth so long ago and never return? And what are the Intruders up to? As you might have guessed, while not nice guys, they are not the malevolent force that's en route though their presence may be connected.
So much of this will continue to unfold in Neue Rasse.
Another point I should make...is that not ALL Guild members are bad guys either...at least not evil. Look at Doctor Chapman and his brother Leo. Only members for the prestige and the benefit...not really out to take over the world...yet their actions and participation helped the Guild along that line. Will peace ever ensue between the two groups? Not likely...for their war dates back to King Solomon's day...BUT...enemy of my enemy and all that jazz...who knows?
If you're interested in reading more into that, read a bit on Masonic tradition. The original story was that Hiram Abiff [don't quote me on the spelling of that please] was the first Master Mason and possessed many secrets. Three of his apprentices attempted to force him to reveal these secrets to them and when he refused, he was killed by them. Much of Masonic tradition stems from this alleged event. Hiram was the designer and builder of King Solomon's temple from the Bible. Now where I twisted fact and total, utter fiction, was that I weave the legend of the Masons into the creation of the Thule. While in reality these two groups actually opposed each other and were not associated at all. In fact, during the 30's, the Nazis actively persecuted Masons in Germany and destroyed lodges. A lot of readers have asked me if the GUILD are supposed to be the Masons. The answer is vehemently NO. I had an uncle who was a high level Mason and he was a fantastic man and probably one of the nicest, truest people I ever knew and he lived quietly and humbly. He was also a Shriner...fez and all. So no, I never intended to entangle the proud Masonic tradition with my comic whatsoever. But the story of Hiram and Solomon was just too tantalizing not to weave into a fictional plot. So I made Hiram the ancient Thule master with knowledge of esoteric science [extraterrestrial technology] and his murderous band of apprentices into the early agents of the Guild. So the Guild are a bunch of murderous, power-seeking thugs...while Hiram remains a benevolent figure representative of a lost knowledge and wisdom. And while my fictional Thule group became entangled with the Nazis, I wanted to leave their beginnings as a solid core of ancient science and utopian idealism. So while I could not avoid the Masonic connection obviously, I did my very best to leave Hiram a symbol of good and respect...and not just for the sake of my Uncle...but yeah...kinda mostly for that reason. So when you read my comics...don't connect Masons with it at all. They aren't connected. I stole poor Hiram only because he was too cool to not use. But the connections end there. And while the Thule were a real group, and may still be a real group for all I know...the Thule of my comics along with the Guild are both complete fiction and made-up. I toss in political and historical events at times only to make the comic seem more realistic. The best lies contain elements of the truth, or so I've been told. And building on that, we can theorize that the best fiction is built on non-fiction.
And as Neue Rasse progresses, you'll begin to see the visible rift between the Thule and the Nazis. To make it short and sweet...Grupenplott and Ackland are Thule...more so than Nazi. Driven to save mankind and lift them up. And when the Nazis turn down a darker road and begin to murder and kill, the Thule find themselves at odds with them...and eventually this will come to a head in 1945 resulting in the Rephaite being rescued and hidden by the Thule to protect them from the Nazis. Think of the Thule / Nazi alliance as an enemy of my enemy sort of situation [yes there's that quote again]. The Nazis were against the Guild...so the Thule backed them in their climb to power and worked with them...until such time as the alliance was no longer beneficial. And while the Nazis end up crushed, the Thule survives to some degree and continues its bid to thwart the ambitions of the diabolically corrupt Guild.
So Hiram was no Thule member in reality, that we are aware. He was supposed to have had esoteric knowledge...possibly traced back to Atlantis. He also may have had possession of the Stone of Adam and it may have been this item for which he was truly killed. I think, even the Masons themselves have lost track of the true story over so long a span of time. The truth is probably, utterly lost to time. But from a fictional standpoint, I can fill in the gaps and weave an amazing tapestry of plot and intrigue concerning it...that drags us right up to modern times. But be aware that from the point of Hiram's murder, it's all fiction made up by me to create a really cool comic. Poor Hiram...dude was just trying to build stuff and somehow ends up being the tip of so many fictional icebergs. To his credit, as a real person, his story simply lends to a mythological idea. He is and was mysterious...and when you read about him in the historical texts, his legend almost begs to be given life beyond the pages...and I'm certainly not the first to use him as a beginning point for a fictional work...nor will I probably be the last.
So in the end, both the Thule and Guild both fall into the Gray Zone [yeah, mentioning that again]...neither side really being totally good guys...and their war continues to affect everyone on the planet. But the Thule know things the Guild do not. In the end, it may be the Thule who are on the right track, but that doesn't mean their efforts are completely white-hat and many still hold to their Nazi traditions picked up from WWII...making them far more militant than previous incarnations of the group. In simpler terms they can be allies...but not necessarily who you'd want as friends. The enemy of my enemy is my friend...till the enemy is defeated at least. Better the evil you know than the one you don't...blah, blah and blah. And when the Guild discovers the truth...eventually, they may change their position as well.
I have much of the FEM-32 universe mapped out...though events may not play out for several more years. So you can look forward to a lot more episodes of all series before I ever arrive at anywhere near the destination or the ending."