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Half Lives

Or: Ernest Oliver Wineberg's Book of Necessary Knowledge
An Interdimensional Adventure

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Art by Shakhed Hadaya

Half Lives follows nine and a half year old Ernest and ten year old J. Starr, two boys in 1990's California, as they become friends and go on interdimensional adventures, righting the wrongs of the multiverse.


Armed with J's magical bike and Ernest's personal encyclopedia of vital information (topics include: Your Hometown, People You Definitely Know, Cnidarians), the boys embark on a Grand Quest into the void of space and time to find J’s missing father. This adventure brings J and Ernest face to face with their deepest fears and darkest secrets, leaving them to rely on their imaginations, wits, and friendship against the darkest force of the universe - loss.

Half Lives, the Play has been workshopped at Undiscovered Countries and Bizarre Bushwick, and presented as a 5 part installation in the art show Follow this Home. It is available for premiere production. 

Half Lives; Or Ernest Oliver Wineberg's Book of Necessary Knowledge is a 250 page, softcover full color graphic novel written by Barbara Begley; pencil and ink by James Brooks Robinson; color, lettering, and Book of Necessary Knowledge by Shakhed Hadaya; original musical score by Gandor Chorale. 

Preorder yours to get early-release pdf chapters and the exclusive short Raymond Runs a Race, or to reserve a copy with bonus original art!

Follow This Home reading in June 2015, directed by Sarah E.R. Grosman, Jay Stull, William Vaughn, Michelle Herring, and Caroline Kittredge Faustine, featuring Kenard Jackson, Andrew Broussard, Taylor Edelhart, Lizzy Denning (pictured), A.J. Ditty, Matthew McShane, Maddy Campbell, Chris Rehmann, Hollis Beck, Rebecca Russell and Cameron Toy. Photo credit Hector Marcel. 

 Undiscovered Countries reading in August 2014, directed by Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin and Vincent Graham, featuring William Vaughn, Adin Lenahan, and Amy Yourd. 

Photo credit Liz Rogers

Graphic novel sketch by James Brooks Robinson. 

Graphic novel sketch by Shakhed Hadaya

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