- The Winslow
The Winslow is a small, cute, furry, and fictional reptilian creature measuring 66
centimeters in length that plays a prominent role in many of comics artist Phil Foglio's various graphic novels, most notably " Buck Godot" and " MythAdventures" (with occasional guest appearances in the " Girl Genius" strip [http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20021104] ).
The Winslow is technically sentient and capable of speech, though rarely says anything more than the informal, greeting "Hi!", which it often enjoys repeating "ad nauseam". Indeed, this diminutive creature would be completely unremarkable save for the fact that it is utterly indestructible and presumably immortal, and figures prominently one way or another into fully three-fourths of the
galaxy's known religions.
Despite its religious , the true nature and purpose of the Winslow is unknown. Some cultures fear it, some worship it, but nearly everyone wants it for their own purposes and is willing to go to any imaginable lengths to obtain it. There are endless explanations as to why the Winslow is so important, despite the fact that it displays none of the 14 Accepted Signs of Divinity (other than #14, "Be the Winslow"); yet most of these explanations are depressingly circular, e.g. "The Winslow is the exact shape and size of the Perfect Lizard of Love, which, of course, is the Winslow." Despite the fact that it is immortal and indestructible (fairly impressive in and of itself), the Winslow's importance may be due to nothing more than the fact that everyone "else" seems to think it's Pretty Damn Important.
Consequently, anyone who ever succeeds in their quest to obtain the Winslow faces the combined zeal of tens of thousands of other cultures and species hell-bent on the same goal. Probably the most effective way to obtain the indestructible Winslow for one's own is to vaporize the current host's home
planetand collect it from amongst the remaining debris. Because of the obvious need to keep the whereabouts of the Winslow hidden, humanity, generally indifferent to the Winslow and its supposed divinity, accepted its secret custodianship from the Prime Mover, a member of a race of omnipotentsuperbeings whose primary function appears to be nothing more than keeping all manners of conflicting extraterrestrial cultures, biologies, and religions from annihilating one another. The Prime Movers, however, only exacerbate religious turmoil by continuing to maintain that the Winslow is the single most important being in the history of the universe, yet pointedly refuse to elaborate as to why. This is the sort of enigmatic, condescending and totally useless statement that makes a large majority of the scientists and philosophers of The Gallimaufry yearn to pound The Prime Movers' ever-so-superior heads in with a large cosmic tire iron.
The Winslow's first published appearance was in a short 3-page illustrated story included at the back of "MythAdventures" #5, published in
1985, but it was popularized in "Buck Godot: Zap Gun For Hire: The Gallimaufry", an eight-issue miniseries published at irregular intervals by Palliard Press(issues 1-6) and Studio Foglio(issues 7 and 8) from July 1993through March 1998. The most accurate information ever gathered regarding the Winslow was compiled in Chapter 3 of "The Herodotus Complex", a sort-of quick reference for this particular futuristic world compiled by one "P'Oilgof Livy" (P. Foglio in reverse) that appears as a preface to issue #3 of this series.
The origins of the "real" Winslow is supposedly that Phil found the stuffed animal, who would become Winslow, behind a dumpster. This was revealed at a GenCon in the early 90's. So take it with a grain of salt. The True Winslow has made infrequent appearances with Phil at assorted conventions.
14 Accepted Signs of Divinity
The 14 Accepted Signs of Divinity, as seen in "Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire", are partially enumerated in chapter 3 of a body of work entitled "The Herodotus Complex", written by a P'Oilgof Livy. They include:
*Provide a code of ethics
*Heal the afflicted
*Blight the crops
*Convert the heathen
*Call down the lightning
*Corrupt the innocent
*Eat the moon
*Answer the phone before it rings
*Be the Winslow
The remaining four are not given. "The Herodotus Complex" appears in eight parts as prefaces to each issue of "Buck Godot: Zap Gun For Hire: The Gallimaufry".
* [http://www.thugdome.com/slagblah.html The Slag-Blah Church of the Winslow]
* [http://www.studiofoglio.com/ Studio Foglio]
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