The Book of Tater Part I

By Todd Vogel 01/24/17

Making your own higher power - a fictional case study presented as a serialized graphic novel.

The Book of Tater Part I

I am Todd, an alcoholic and more. I have been in recovery since 1987. Back then, I, like many newcomers, gnashed and recoiled from the "God stuff" in AA. Eventually, I found my answer but not before considerable froth had crossed my lips.

The Book of Tater starts with Terry, a grad student in bio-chemistry, who happens to have a lab and the "I'll show you" attitude common to most alcoholics. He, after being challenged to do so by a crusty old timer, goes off and actually creates a higher power - or at least an entity who makes some claims in that direction. This leads to complications and a great deal of irreverence and heresy. 

Tater will, over time, develop his own addictive problem, to divine retribution. He also has issues with his incarnation in the form of a potato. I am not sure this story will ever end as the various characters in the story are each, in their own ways interesting - and, in the context of recovery where interesting people abound, plausible. 

It is also bizarre and demonstrates that creativity can thrive without a drunken muse.


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Todd Vogel is the author of an illustrated series, entitled, The Book of Tater. He lives in the woods.