Urgent Evoke

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My graphic novel script for "Literacy"


A book is like a garden carried in the pocket - Chinese Proverb

Page 1

Panel A

The sun is setting over a medina in a North African city. We see a minarett in the distance.

TEXTBOX Khemisset, Morocco, May 22, 2021

OFFPANEL: "No, we don't need that!"

Panel B

Inside of a clay building. The moroccan flag is hanging on the wall. A desk can be seen in the front with a
name plate: M. Khoumadi, Mayor

OFFPANEL: "We don't need you here!"

OFFPANEL: "I think you do, mayor."

Panel C

Face of the mayor in a close-up

MAYOR: How can you tell me what I need? Shouldn't I know that myself?

OFFPANEL: Yes you should.

Page 2

Panel A

The mayor and Ember from the side, opposing each other over the table.

MAYOR: So why are you insisting on forcing your will on me?

EMBER: My will is not important! The important thing is what is necessary for the world.

MAYOR: And I say we have everything that is necessary in this city.

Panel B

Close-up of Ember

EMBER: For now, you may be right. But what happens in the future?

Panel C

Close-up of Ember.

EMBER (desperate): Why not give us the chance to give reading lessons in your city? It already worked well in Mali and Burkina Faso.

Panel D:

Close-up of the Mayor.

MAYOR: We have all the education necessary. So thank you, but no!

Page 3

Panel A

Textbox: Later outside ...

In the background: Oriental home markets and customers ... busy haggling going on.

Ember is holding a communication device, talking inside.

EMBER: Sorry, Alchemy. He said he doesn't want a new school here.

Panel B:

Inside of the communication device. Alchemys face is visible.

ALCHEMY via the device: He obviously hasn't realized the problem yet.

EMBER (OFF PANEL): So what do we do now?

Panel C:

Inside Alchemy's office. Lots of communication panels on the wall.

ALCHEMY: I'll contact the network to collect some convincing facts. Meanwhile, check the local community
to see if you can find out anything.

Panel D:

The display of Alchemy's computer. We see the message he send out to the Evoke network: WE HAVE AN OBSTACLE

Page 4

Panel A

Textbox: Christchurch, New Zealand

Boathouses in the docks, an agent from the teacher's community answering the cell phone.

AGENT: Yes, I have time to come to nothern Africa by next month.

Panel B

Textbox: Madras, India

A open schoolhouse in some suburb of the city. A female agent in a sari on a cell phone.

AGENT: Sorry, I'm drowning in students here. But I will contact Antonio.

Panel C

Textbox: Naples, Italy.

Sunset over the Tyrrhenian Sea. An associated agent sitting in a café.

ANTONIO: Sure, I can take a jump across the sea to come to Morocco.

Panel D

Display of agent Ember's communication device.

ALCHEMY: OK, we have enough teachers together who can provide for the education. Now you need to do the

Page 5

Panel A

Ember still on the streets of Khemisset.

EMBER, smiling: Don't worry, I already have a plan.

Panel B

Textbox: Later in the city hall...

Ember hands over a piece of paper to the mayor.

EMBER: We have a great opportunity here, but if you choose to refuse ...

Panel C

Close up of the mayor.

MAYOR: I will not change my decision ...

Panel D

The mayor sings the piece of paper, Ember stands by his side.

Panel E

Side picture again with Ember opposing the mayor.

EMBER (smiling): Thank you for agreeing with our plan.

MAYOR (astonished): What?

Panel F

The piece of paper with Ember's index finger pointing.

EMBER: These are not decorations. These are Thai letters. They say that you agree to build the new school.

Panel G

Look over Ember's shoulder from behind.

MAYOR (slamming the table): You tricked me!

EMBER (content): Yes I did. I wanted to show you what can happen when you lack a necessary skill. I don't think you
want to happen anything like that to your electors.

Panel H

The mayor is sunken into his armchair. He looks resignating.

MAYOR: I agree, you were very convincing.

EMBER: Thank you. You won't regret it.

Views: 15

Comment by A.V.Koshy on May 9, 2010 at 4:52pm
loved it oliver
Comment by Oliver Hohlstein on May 9, 2010 at 4:56pm
Thank you, Agent Koshy. :)
Comment by Erin Sammons on May 10, 2010 at 11:57pm
ooooh I liked that =)


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