Linkara: As you enjoy your weekend, drink responsibly and don’t get into fights. I wish that were the end of my safety briefing, but your history dictates otherwise. So.. here we go. *pulls out list* Do not start fires. Do not touch fires. Do not do things fire tells you to do. Linksano: What if it’s real persuasive? Linkara: Do not take in a feral animal and raise it as a house pet. Harvey: What if it’s real persuasive? *35 minutes later* Linkara: Do not defecate in a library drop box. Do not get married on a bet. Do not convince an old Jewish couple that you are their grandson Jeffrey. Pollo: They said I had an adorable Punim. Linkara: And finally, food goes in your mouth, not anywhere else. 90s Kid: What about - Linkara: NOT anywhere else.
In fall of 2012, I lost my little sister to pneumonia. On what would have been her fifth birthday, Linkara posted the episode revealing Harvey Finevoice’s backstory. It captured what I’ve been trying to deal with both before and since, and it’s been a reminder not to get lost in my own head. Thanks for that.
Harvey, 90’s Kid and Baffo are alternate universe versions of Linkara, in which his life had gone completely different.
Harvey’s Linkara, who grew up in the early 20th century. When a certain event happened in his life, he lost his way. Singing was just not enough fo keep him going in life. But he refused to take his own existence away, so he volunteered for an eccentric scientist’s experiment in multiversal transportation. That is how he ended up in Linkara’s universe in the 21st century. The rest is.. .well, murky.
90’s Kid is a version of Linkara, who never quite got over the “awesomeness” of the 90’s. He didn’t have many friends. Except this one dude, who was handy with a tool kit. Inspired by Youngblood, he tried to create a time machine (with the help of his friend) to send himself to the past or future, it’s not certain. He wanted to be like Prophet. But instead of traveling through time, he appeared in Linkara’s universe one faithful day. Linkara was the first person he saw and spoke to. Sharing love for comics (and well, Linkara having pitty for the lovable doofus), Linkara invited him to crash at his place.
Baffo is Linkara from a universe in which Linkara’s parents owned a circus. Having been a generally happy and quiet child growing up, going from city to city, Baffo eventually joined in the family business as the ever so classy and child friendly Baffo the Clown. Oh and on the tours around the world, he had picked up knowledge on taxes. Go figure. One day he tried to pull a human cannonball trick for a big crowd in Minnesota. Thing is, though, the circus people never had used the cannon before. If they had, they’d have known much sooner that it was, well, a magic gun. Baffo was transported into Linkara’s universe thusly. Without a friend in the world, literally, Baffo roamed this alternate Minnesota in search for a place to live and a job. Though few were willing to hire a clown. On a chance meeting with Linkara, the two talked about how unfairly clowns were treated in the visual media. They formed a friendship and Linkara hired him.
To this day Linkara doesn’t know that his roomies are him.
I made this comic for a pretty specific reason. At the beginning of the month, I knew I wanted to put together something of a Christmas present to send off as a sort of thank you to Lewis. I had an old Batman comic I’d bought at a yard sale that came with a record, but I wanted to put in a little more than just that. Considering what I’m known for around here, I figured I should throw in a personal comic of my own. By the time I sent it off, the envelope included this comic, the Batman book and record set, a letter, and a little Pollo made out of felt.
I sent it off earlier this month, but decided that I should share this with everyone who’s ever enjoyed these comics. What would you say your biggest takeaway from Atop the Fourth Wall is? It’d say mine is “I’m a huge nerd but so is everybody else around here”