Boner and Lowe

After writing my Fight Club themed post yesterday I was walking down the street and I remembered something I must have written a good 12-15 years ago. It was a story about a couple of characters called Boner and Lowe. Lowe was the main character, a confident Nietzsche-an type, essentially a loner who went his own way in the world without any recourse to right or wrong. He lived by his own moral code.

Boner was his closest companion. A hulking disciple of Lowe, loyal unto death, the brawn to Lowe’s acute brain. Together they would get into scrapes, and then out of them again – always out of them. Lowe was a formidable character with a distinct view of the world and no illusions about his place in it. The story was written in the first person, a combination of Lowe’s brutalist wit and philosophical insight.

I remember it coming to me all of a piece back then. It seemed very close to me. There were women and sex and violence, and though he was no hero there was something righteous about Lowe. Cool confidence, an unwillingness to accept pretension, and an invincible manner. That was Lowe.

I never went anywhere with it. I used to write a lot of stuff, 90% of it just for fun and never used elsewhere. I’ve got notebooks jammed with the stuff.

Anyway so yesterday I’m recalling Lowe, instinctively understanding his kinship with Tyler Durden. I’ve always been fond of the Lowe character, and I wished that I’d used him somehow. Suddenly I thought of a way I could.

It might seem unlikely, but I thought he’d be great as the protagonist in a comic book series. The Chronicles of Boner and Lowe. Their adventures, misadventures, the raw-boned philosophy, the crude action, absolutely no beg pardons. As I thought of it I added in two more characters, Kung, his loyal dog, and Faith, the woman who has loved him since childhood. In his way he loves her too, but can never be with her. She sort of counter-balances him in the story line, good personified contrasting against his ubermensch persona.

Will it happen? Probably not. I need an illustrator to start with. Still, it’s fun to think about.

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