Enter the world of Felix Yz

Serial fiction
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 20, 2014

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FELIX AND FRIENDS Felix's sister, Beatrix, also
has her own Facebook page.
Illustrations by Cyrus Bunker.

Set your alarms: this Monday, March 24, at 5:31 pm, Felix Yz will make his grand debut.

The brainchild of local author and WMPG program director Lisa Bunker, Felix is the 15-year-old protagonist of a new interactive online serial, The ZeroDay Countdown of Felix Yz, which will appear in blog installments over the course of 31 days at felixyz.com. Illustrated by Bunker’s 21-year-old child, Cyrus, the story unfolds in the month before Felix undergoes a risky procedure to separate him from the fourth-dimensional alien, Zyx, with whom he was accidentally and sub-atomically fused as a child. Zyx, who Bunker describes as a “playful Zen master,” communicates using Felix’s fingers to type.

“I lived for a very long time as a man with a sense of another being inside me,” says Bunker, a transgender writer, talking about how the novel could be read as a “metaphor for the trans experience.”

But the story has more to do with the fears and hopes of a young boy than with gender issues; over the course of the month, readers will follow as Felix falls in love, grapples with family dynamics, copes with a bully at school, and invents a new life philosophy.

“I find Felix effortless to write,” Bunker says, adding that she hopes “some lonely and confused kid somewhere will love and draw strength” from Felix’s adventures.

Felix and a few of his friends (as well as his sister, at right) already have Facebook pages, which will help fans keep up to date with the latest postings. The penultimate — and most climactic — installment of the serial will be posted in audio drama format (thanks to a collaboration with local radio-dramatist Fred Greenhalgh). The e-book that will be available once the entire novel has been posted online will contain additional art and content.

“One of the things I’ve always hated about writing is that it’s so solitary,” Bunker confesses. “This is delightfully multimedia. It’s not just me and my story anymore.”

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