every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that
we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship,
support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival
and the success of liberty. "
John F. Kennedy, Jan. 20, 1961
the mid-1990s, I ran a short superhero campaign for some friends using
the Superbabes Femforce RPG. It was four-color, tongue-in-cheek, and
a lot of fun (my favorite of all the rpg campaigns I've ever run).
One of the NPCs I created and used in that game was Liberty, who at
that time was more of a seasoned heroine, with the stature in the
hero community comparable to Wonder Woman. After that game ran its
course I decided to start a gamng site and, thanks to an add for Poser
in a computer catalog, started work on a 3D version of her. Finding
a few 3D comics online pushed me into creating one of my own, so work
began on detailing Liberty and putting together a story. One change
for the comic was to make Liberty younger, a new heroine just starting
out. Also, 'The American Girl' tag was added in order to distinguish
her from the other Libertys found in comicdom. The 'world' of Los
Angeles as it's shown in the comic is pretty much the same one from
the original rpg campaign, with several characters reappearing (notably,
The Gizmo Bug).
online adventures began in January, 1999 when I began posting the
first comic and completed it February (iirc) 2000. The idea was to
write a story involving a cool heroine that was entertaing, humorous
with a fair share of surprises (not many of those on the comic book
shelves). After the first one I figured there were enough improvements
to be made that warranted another, so work on the second story began
that Spring. Remembering how much work the last one was and how long
it took, I originally planned to make a shorter comic. However with
a short story I wouldn't be able to get deep enough into the plot,
so that idea was nixed and a more involved one was created. This time
I wanted something a little dark, in order show the flexibility of
the character. The plot was eventually toned down before it was finished
and, with the permission from Bill Black at AC Comics to feature Ms.
Victory in a guest spot, it was ready to go. On Labor Day weekend,
2001 I began posting her second comic online and finished it in September
(iirc, again) 2002.
went online November 16, 1999 and was taken down in May 2005. Liberty
may reappear in the future, it's just a question of when and in what
Alan Brzozowski, creator of Liberty
And here we are several years later.
When I had asked for Alan's blessing to republish Liberty earlier in the year, I could not have foreseen the reaction I got. The comic had been offline for nearly ten years, and I couldn't believe how many people remembered it. Back when I first saw it in early 2002, I realized just how much in common Liberty had with the character I was developing, and bringing her back on my website feels like a circle has been completed. As long as Dasien has a presense on the internet, then Liberty will have a home here. She's back for good.
This really couldn't have been done without Alan. I was fortunate enough to have stayed in contact with him over the years, and he had sent me the website demo CD, on which this current website is based. I also took the liberty (no pun intended) to go searching on the Internet Archive for content not featured on the CD. The biggest coupe from this excavation was the trilogy of fan-written Liberty adventure stories, which are not to be found on the demo CD. These adventures have not been readily available on the internet in some time. It's extremely fortunate that I had chosen to do this when I did. Not long after I rescued this content, the website was removed from the Internet Archive database permanently.
I was also able to track down most of the gallery images and host them here. There are a few CG-rendered images that have escaped me, and if anyone has them, I'd be gracious for their donation. I've chosen to remove the photomanips, however, as it's not clear who made them. Even in cases where I wasn't able to find track down the contributors of the content on this site, I feel it's at least important to give credit.
The original comic adventure has been reformatted into a traditional webcomic format. I don't think Comic Genesis would have appreciated me hosting the PDF version here. The second adventure is not yet available, but it will be back in time. Though the rights issues have been cleared up regarding a certain character, I've decided to save it for a very special occasion. (Note: As of 2014, Liberty's second adventure is available in full!)
I hope everyone appreciates this blast from the past. And who knows? Maybe we haven't yet heard the last from Liberty: The American Girl.
Neil Purcell, creator of Dasien