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Action Card #3: The Hero’s Journey (LK)

A Call to Action Join the Hero's Journey
Collaboration Summary Action Card #3 will challenge you to develop your own Hero Journey storylines (based on concepts developed by Joseph Campbell) which you can use for own creative projects. You can also submit your Hero Journey storylines to us if you would like us to help further develop your ideas, and in some instances, include those storylines as part of Back of the Yards comic series.
Collaboration Background At the heart of our project’s collaborative is the creation of Hero's Journey storylines. This all started as part of a supplemental art program in the West Side of Chicago where participating youth would help create the original characters of the Back of the Yards comic series, and with that, independent storylines for those characters, which we then synthesized into one integrated comic storyline. With this collaboration, we are simply trying to extend this same collaborative opportunity to others virtually.
This & That Action Card cover illustrated by Andrew Dimmett. Content developed by Jimmy Briseno, Len Kody and … you? Learn more on how by linking to the QR Code above.

Set the Stage With
Studio Cards

First we present a few Source and Character Cards that we will be referencing further within each Action Step below.

Feel free to explore these Studio Cards at your leisure. They’re merely here to illuminate your journey through this Action Card.

Character
Cards

Who is…
Carl Castaneda?

Character Card #4 – Carl Castaneda

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Summary Traits
Mr. Castañeda is a mysterious teacher and mentor who guides our main characters on their road to realization. Glimpses at his own foggy past reveal that he embarked on a similar journey long ago.
Core Personality Traits & Values
He clearly knows more than what he is saying, but the best teachers do not give they answers but merely point the way.
Primary Archetype
The Mentor
Motto
“Your dreams are part of the same primal energy that brings all existence into being!”
Collaboration Background
Mr. Castañeda is a character developed by Len Kody. He is a way of tying the various narratives and characters created by the first wave of participating youth as part of an after school program in the West-Side of Chicago.
Debut
Issue #2 of the Back of the Yards comic series
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Character
Cards

Who is…
Big Earl?

Studio Card #10 – “Big” Earl Perkins

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Summary Traits
Big Earl is a big man with a big heart. Beloved by all in the neighborhood, everybody knows his name and has heard a story or two about this gentle giant.
Core Personality Traits & Values
Earl was the neighborhood football hero before an injury pushed him to the sidelines. And undiagnosed dyslexia prevented him for excelling in school. But Earl’s kind soul and balanced nature granted him resilience through life’s toughest struggles.
Primary Archetype
The Everyman
Motto
“If I didn’t get hurt, then I would never have found me.”
Collaboration Background
Big Earl was developed by Jimmy Briseno and Len Kody in 2015 as part of the initial Issue 1 scripting process.
Debut
Issue #1 of the Back of the Yards comic series
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Source
Cards

A Map of the
Hero’s Journey

Source Card #3 – A Map of the Hero’s Journey

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What
With this inaugural Made Collaborative Studio Card production we introduce you to, well, the Made Collaborative Studio and with that, we take a quick glimpse of the early origins of this project.
When
The Made Collaborative Studio began as a modest grass roots project started by a ragtag group of participating artists in Chicago and was designed to provide a unique collaborative opportunity for after school programs and participating youth from our urban communities.
Who
This Made Collaborative Studio project technically started over 10 years ago as only a kernel of an idea in the mind of the project’s founder on one of his many bus rides home and through much trial and error over the years, evolved into the Made Collaborative Studio virtual model that exists today.
Why
The Made Collaborative Studio was created to help promote creative thought and provide a unique (and free) collaborative experience for afterschool programs and participating youth alike.
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What is the Hero's Journey?

The Call to Adventure!
Let’s Collaborate

The Hero’s Journey is a story of transformation.

Whether the transformation is physical or spiritual depends on the terms of the story. Regardless, the Hero must always depart the familiar comforts of the “Ordinary World,” where his or her story begins. 

The story is set in motion when the Hero willingly (if reluctantly) Crosses the Threshold into the world of adventure to embark on a road of trials and challenges that will initiate them into a new way of being. 

Warm-Up Collaboration:
Take the Leap of Faith

The Call to Adventure sets the story rolling by disrupting the comfort of the Hero’s Ordinary World, presenting a challenge or quest that must be undertaken. The Call throws the Ordinary World off balance, and establishes the stakes involved if the challenge is rejected.

This entire comic project started when one youth boldly proclaimed, “I have an idea, and it’s going to be great!” From there, the young student began to develop the character of Andre Davis, who was eventually developed into one of the central characters of the first three issues of Back of the Yards  

And just like that, Action Card #3 offers you the same creative opportunity to develop your own Hero’s Journey storyline. Perhaps you too will help us chart a course through this multilayered, purely collaborative comic book universe. 

Choose your own adventure below. Pick a place to start and begin collaborating. We’ll be there to help you along the way.

Good luck with your collaboration and remember, just have fun with it!

Featured Collaboration #1
Meet the Mentor - Carl Castaneda

Apart from the main character of Andre Davis, there is perhaps no other character that will be more central to the early storyline of our new comic series than Carl Castaneda!  Castaneda was developed by Len Kody as way way of connecting the paths of the youth characters already independently developed as a result of the early in-person classroom collaborations.  It would be Castaneda who would host those newly developed youth character as part of an after-school arts program (art imitating life as the case may be).

Within the Character Card page for Carl Castaneda, we do provide glimpses of what we know will be a mysterious past for Carl Castaneda that will be unveiled over time as this new comic series further develops.  And it is in that context that we are collaborating with you here to further develop some elements of that mysterious Hero’s Journey for our story’s mentor.

With that, we do urge you to review Castaneda’s Character Card page, and when you are ready, feel free to join us by submitting collaborations below!  As with each of these featured collaborations, we will be highlighted selected submissions regularly on our “This & That” blog page, and we will be selecting a few of you for more direct collaborations as we get to final production of Issue #3!  

Featured Collaboration #2
Big Earl's Early Ordeal

One of the characters we developed early on to help bring the initial youth characters into one integrated storyline, was the character of Big Earl.  Earl Perkins, that is.  He was developed by Jimmy Briseno, in collaboration, with Len Kody.  However, all we really knew at the time was that Big Earl was gentle giant, whose simple everyman vernacular would bely a much deeper wisdom, which would reveal itself over the course of this new comic series.  

But what really fascinated Jimmy and Len with respect to Big Earl was the idea of working with youth to further develop the backstory of our everyman, Big Earl.  What we knew was that Big Earl was a former athlete who has a complex history, including some potential dealings with the Chicago underworld.  He also had a wife who may have passed away long ago.  But beyond that, we want to work with you to further develop Big Earl’s history, in short, his Hero’s Journey.  

So, with that, we have developed the Google Form below to highlight a few areas Big Earl’s Hero’s Journey for further collaboration!  We will highlight selected submissions regularly on the “This & That” page and ultimately, we will incorporate some of your feedback into Big Earl’s storyline, which will also be incorporated in some fashion within Issue #3!

Featured Collaboration #3
The Criminal Underworld - Tests, Allies & Enemies

So as we know, every hero needs a villain.  And on that score, we want to work with you to begin developing an underground criminal element within our fictional Back of the Yards comic story.  This storyline can involve any of the existing characters we have already developed, including Andre Davis, Tamia Parker, the Elders, or even Carl Castaneda.  All characters are up for grabs, including any new characters that you may want to introduce!  

There are no limits in that regard.  All that we ask that you incorporate at least three phases of the Hero’s Journey (as described in Source Card #3), to your submission.  

We have provided you with the Google Form below to further assist your collaboration.  On this collaboration, you may want to give yourself the benefit of time to work through your Hero’s Journey on pen and paper, letting ideas develop.  And once you are ready, you can submit below and we will be selecting a number of submissions over time for further direct collaboration as we develop this new underworld Hero’s Journey storyline together, and begin introducing some elements of that storyline with Issue #3!

Table of Contents

More Action Card Sets

Character
Cards

Who is…
Andre Davis?

Studio Card #3

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Summary Traits
Andre is a young African American high school youth who suddenly obtains god-like superpowers through an encounter he has in an alley within his Back of the Yards neighborhood.
Core Personality Traits & Values
Andre is bright, inquisitive and self-reliant, always searching for the truth and a greater understanding of himself and others … but he may also be susceptible to the trappings of his newfound power …
Archetype
The Hero
Motto
“To dare is to do.”
Collaboration Background
Andre’s character was initially developed during the original Made Collaborative in-person classroom collaborations with youth in the fall and winter of 2013, as part of an after school program in the West-Side of Chicago.
Debut
Issue #1 of the Back of the Yards comic series
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Character
Cards

Who is…
Peaches?

Studio Card #11 – Peaches

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Summary Traits
For now, known only by his nickname, “Peaches,” he is one of the neighborhood’s “Elders” who observe and comment upon the activities of the younger folks. Peaches backstory is rich, deep and yet-to-be revealed!
Core Personality Traits & Values
Peaches is the dignified moral compass the Elders. Even though he is very much a realist, Peaches tends to see the best in people and he encourages them toward a righteous path.
Primary Archetype
The Mentor
Motto
“Though our destiny is now our own, our search for that destiny has only just begun.”
Collaboration Background
Peaches was developed by Jimmy Briseno and Len Kody as part of the initial Issue 1 scripting process.
Debut
Issue #1 of the Back of the Yards comic series
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Character
Cards

Who is…
Russell Patterson?

Character Card #3 – Russell Patterson

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Summary Traits
Russell is a very shy and creative young man. He is a grade or two younger than the rest of our young principal characters.
Core Personality Traits & Values
Russell Patterson has an extremely vivid imagination and a very active dream life. He just may be the most talented and creative student at New City High, but he lacks confidence so he too often daydreams as a means of escape.
Archetype
The Dreamer
Motto
“It is okay to live a life that others don't understand”
Collaboration Background
Russell’s character was initially developed during the original Made Collaborative in-person classroom collaborations with youth in the fall and winter of 2013, as part of an after school program in the West-Side of Chicago.
Debut
Issue #1 of the Back of the Yards comic series
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Character
Cards

Who is…
Tamia Parker?

Character Card #2 – Tamia Parker

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Summary Traits
Tamia is a young African American high school youth who learns more about herself as she experiences the pain of betrayal and lost love.
Core Personality Traits & Values
Tamia is extremely bright, curious, introspective and creative. She is an artist at heart, with empathy that forms connections with others in ways that she even doesn’t fully understand yet…
Archetype
The Creator
Motto
“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” - Leonard Cohen
Collaboration Background
Tamia’s character was initially developed during the original Made Collaborative in-person classroom collaborations with youth in the fall and winter of 2013, as part of an after school program in the West-Side of Chicago.
Debut
Issue #1 of the Back of the Yards comic series
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Character
Cards

Who is…
Draymond Carter?

Studio Card #14 – Draymond Carter?

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Summary Traits
Draymond Carter is Russell Paterson’s fiery-tempered younger cousin. But the cousins are more like brothers ever since Russell moved in with his Auntie (Draymond’s mother).
Core Personality Traits & Values
Draymond’s extroverted and assertive personality is a stark contrast to Russell’s more gentle and introverted nature.
Primary Archetype
The Sidekick
Motto
“You're going to lose.”
Collaboration Background
Draymon was developed by Jimmy Briseno and Len Kody in 2015 as part of the initial Issue 1 scripting process.
Debut
Issue #1 of the Back of the Yards comic series
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Character
Cards

Who is…
Carl Castaneda?

Character Card #4 – Carl Castaneda

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Summary Traits
Mr. Castañeda is a mysterious teacher and mentor who guides our main characters on their road to realization. Glimpses at his own foggy past reveal that he embarked on a similar journey long ago.
Core Personality Traits & Values
He clearly knows more than what he is saying, but the best teachers do not give they answers but merely point the way.
Primary Archetype
The Mentor
Motto
“Your dreams are part of the same primal energy that brings all existence into being!”
Collaboration Background
Mr. Castañeda is a character developed by Len Kody. He is a way of tying the various narratives and characters created by the first wave of participating youth as part of an after school program in the West-Side of Chicago.
Debut
Issue #2 of the Back of the Yards comic series
Read more
Character
Cards

Who is…
Big Earl?

Studio Card #10 – “Big” Earl Perkins

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Summary Traits
Big Earl is a big man with a big heart. Beloved by all in the neighborhood, everybody knows his name and has heard a story or two about this gentle giant.
Core Personality Traits & Values
Earl was the neighborhood football hero before an injury pushed him to the sidelines. And undiagnosed dyslexia prevented him for excelling in school. But Earl’s kind soul and balanced nature granted him resilience through life’s toughest struggles.
Primary Archetype
The Everyman
Motto
“If I didn’t get hurt, then I would never have found me.”
Collaboration Background
Big Earl was developed by Jimmy Briseno and Len Kody in 2015 as part of the initial Issue 1 scripting process.
Debut
Issue #1 of the Back of the Yards comic series
Read more
Character
Cards

Who is…
Dex Coleman?

Studio Card #12 – Dex Coleman

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Summary Traits
Dexter Coleman, or “Dex,” is one of the last of a previous generation of neighborhood troublemakers who are alive and not in prison. He’s gone (mostly) straight in his older years, trying his best to make amends for the bad deeds of his youth.
Core Personality Traits & Values
Dex is a wisecracker, a sharp dresser and a straight talker. Even though his moral compass has evolved over the years into that of a respectable citizen of Back of the Yards, he’s still known to indulge in a few vices.
Primary Archetype
The Rebel
Motto
“I ain’t got time for dreamin’. I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”
Collaboration Background
Dex was developed by Jimmy Briseno and Len Kody as part of the initial Issue 1 scripting process.
Debut
Issue #1 of the Back of the Yards comic series
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