Here and there, I’ve mentioned Debediah, so I think it’s time that I give a bit of history on him. Debediah is a character that my friends and I developed on blustery fall evening over Thanksgiving leftovers and an uproariously hilarious game of Scattergories. You know how it is, you’re all under the pressure of a timer, all words have to start with D, and you’re just trying to write something down. It makes sense at the time, kinda, but as everyone takes turns saying his or her answers, you start to realize that your Timer Reasoning might not be the best. For “biblical names”, most of us put names like Daniel and David, but Teresa wrote, “Debediah.” She didn’t have to feel bad though, because for “things that you plug in”, Lauren wrote, “Dude”. It was such a funny answer that we gave her full credit. I might have put some very inappropriate answers down for many of the prompts, but I was honestly surprised that nobody else had those answers. At any rate, through much laughter, happy tears, and cajoling, Teresa and I began to act like Debediah for the rest of the night…and the rest of the trip.
Debediah is an old Southern gentlemen. We don’t have his specific history, but we have enough to make him funny. He’s like a more interesting Colonel Sanders. I like to think that he never owned a plantation because he was not so much a rich, landowning racist as he was a stylish bon vivant. He may or may not have any money at all really, and may have just travelled the world through a combination of luck and kindness from strangers. What we do know is that something timey wimey happened and he ended up in the present day. Technology confuses him, but he doesn’t care enough one way or another to really be crotchety about it. He may or may not like women because he’s a Southern Gentlemen (kinda like how Americans have a hard time figuring out if a man from England is gay or just British), but he does find modern female attire both appalling and tantalizing. He also likes to dance, his signature dance being especially impressive.
Debediah has his own Facebook page, Google+ page, and a Twitter account. Cathy drew his profile pic and I did the first comic for him. Our next step was to record a Google hangout, but it’s been difficult getting everyone to schedule a time to be online together. I was waiting to do the hangout before I did another comic, but I’m thinking now that I should just do a bi-weekly comic and we can tape our Google hangouts whenever they happen.
(Aside: I just realized that I wrote “tape” as a verb rather than “record”, which is something that people did before the year 2000. I was going to fix that, but since I’m talking about Debediah, I figured “tape” would be impressive to him.)