The Cartoonist

Kevin Marley is a Seattle-based writer who has worked as a teacher, social agency administrator, software project planner and project manager in the production of jets. He has written two novels, Nirvana and Day of Reckoning, and two non-fiction books, The Book of Life and Common Sense. He has also written Seeking, a well received book of poems, and is presently working on his third novel to date, The End. Kevin has extensively traveled and lived throughout Southeast Asia for about six years in Thailand, Japan and South Korea, and throughout his life, he has through his writings tried to create a viable bridge between both East and West.


2012 Calendar Full Color/16 Months

 

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Full Color 180-Page Book

 

Common Sense

Common Sense is about a new political paradigm. This book boldly lays out how we can engage in massive paradigm change politically, economically, and socially in an intelligent, constructive and cooperative manner in order to confront the various crises of the 21st century. Additionally, Common Sense asserts that we can form a new interdisciplinary field, A Science and Art of Human Development, based upon both modern science and ancient wisdom. In essence, we can now create a multidimensional model of a human being that can be systematically affected for the better using models of the human body from both Western and Eastern cultures. As a result, by slowly turning the wheel of self-transformation, we can begin to engage ourselves in profound political/social change, and thereby, have a Revolution of the Human Spirit gradually moving away from our current societal themes of money, wealth, and power, and creating the world anew.
 

Nirvana

Nirvana is the fictional biographical account of a person, nay, a Soul that incarnates in modern day America, and struggles to find himself, before, at last, attaining enlightenment in his old age. The novel begins with Ray Sawol, the main character, sitting on a cumulous cloud overlooking Philadelphia, The City of Brotherly Love, gazing at his parents-to-be making love, and obviously, upset that he's the next luminous Soul to incarnate on earth, the proverbial lion's den. Still in this disincarnate state, Ray eventually prepares for his next incarnation by reviewing past lives that will affect his future life and then he chooses life lessons. Ray lives a so-called ordinary life, but inevitably, he lives in two distinct worlds. He is very much the quintessential seeker and still vaguely remembers why he incarnated and like many, he seeks to tear the veil of life and to go beyond Maya or The Great Illusion.
 

Seeking

Seeking is a book of Transcendentalist poetry that goes beyond the senses and attempts to describe the world of the self or the Atman. It harkens back to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman, and it mixes a so-called everyday life filled with work and play, and various relationships with magical or mystical experiences. All we need to do is to understand the Human Soul in contrast to the ego, like the ancients did, and learn how to look inwardly. William Wordsworth once said, "Poetry is emotion recollected in tranquility." But these poems are different. They are tranquility recollected with emotion. They tear the veil of Life itself, and they discover the Heartland and The Idea Factory behind the facade of things.
 

The Book of Life

The Book of Life concerns itself with Ancient Taoism, which the author asserts, is in essence a Science and Art of Human Development. The human body is not so much a physical and mechanistic object, as modern science until recently has contended, but it is a dynamic energy system in which we can circulate Chi or the Life Force. There are ten techniques given for self-transformation which focus upon the cultivation of Chi or the Life Force and even the expansion of human consciousness. After this, the author cogently argues that if we can slowly and reliably turn the wheel of self-transformation, then we can begin to turn the wheel of profound political/social change in the 21st century. He then outlines his general plan for combining modern science and ancient wisdom, so these things can be accomplished, and in essence, having a Revolution of the Human Spirit.
 

Day of Reckoning

Day of Reckoning was written initially as a play well over twenty years ago, and was subsequently turned into a novel by the author. Day of Reckoning is about an American town, Pleasantville, in rural Oregon that is destroyed by The Great Flood. Essentially, the people of Pleasantville are simple God-fearing folk, and after the disaster, which has devastated their personal lives, they are told by a high ranking insurance executive from Farmers Insurance that the dam being destroyed wasn't a man-made act, but an act of God. Therefore, their many claims will not be paid. As a result, the people of Pleasantville lose their fear of The Almighty, become sober in their rage, and subsequently issue a warrant for God's arrest; and in short, God comes back from a rather long two thousand year hiatus or vacation. First, he talks to the insurance executive, Theo Clay, and after some time, fruitlessly persuading him, turns him into Himself. God then is put on trial for both gross negligence and accessory to the myriad number of crimes against humanity in the town of Pleasantville as he tries to explain what life is all about and how to live your various dreams.