About the Book
The Golden Helmsman, here presented and expanded with the collection of short stories known as The Lady With the Blue Eyebrows, offers a kaleidoscope of life in a Californian city of the 21st century.
Pollux's stories range from the comedic to the surreal. The picaresque tales and amusing drawings are linked by a common thread of loneliness. In this connection of disconnection, the inhabitants of San Tesifonte maneuver their way through a dystopic world of hurricanes, wars, head lice, teapots, and stop-motion films.
San Tesifonte is a town stricken by a freak hurricane as well as by the usual emotions and follies of man.
A stop-motion filmmaker falls in love with a sprinter; a creationist works at a hated museum gift shop; a barber falls for a capoeira dancer; a man remakes the face of a mountain into his own image.
The result is a volume that captures the magic, tragedy, and vitality of life in America in the early 21st century.
Pollux (né Paul Morris) was born in 1979 in the English town of Beverley, in what was the former East Riding of Yorkshire. He and his family moved to the United States a year later, and Pollux attended UCLA, studying medieval history and Latin and attended Brown University for grad school, studying medieval history. As a child, Pollux constantly drew and created his own comics, and while at grad school, he began drawing “Nigel and Beatrice” for The Brown Daily Herald. He has been creating comics ever since, creating the web comic Arnjuice (www.arnjuice.com) and he drew the daily comic “The Wavy Rule” for Emdashes.com. All of his graphic novels and novelettes are set in the fictional college town of San Tesifonte, California, which lies somewhere between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. It is the location for UCST and is home to various museums, parks, beaches, Redwoods Restaurant (home to the famous Sequoia Steak Sandwich) and its pier.