Case No. CLS-1876

I had the lucky opportunity to be a part of Scott Kirkpatrick, Jason Roemer, Matt Beers, and Nate Utesch’s brilliant publication, Ferocious Quarterly. After initially reaching out about doing illustrative work for the quarterly, I was instead asked—as a dyslexic C-student in English—to write a story! I gladly accepted and became part of the project you see below.


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“Be Prepared” sent our contributors on their way with one word as a loose token of inspiration: “SURVIVAL.”


The written words in this issue were prepared a little different than usual. Our writers were given preliminary sketches, rough concepts and illegible notes from our contributing illustrators. They concepted their stories in unison with their assigned collaborators—dueling artists, refining a work together until the final pieces were complete. What we’re left with are stories accompanied by illustration and yet inspired first by illustration.


Contributors: Dan Christofferson, Jon Ashcroft, Joseph Hughes, Jake Dugard, Audrey Riley, Dan Cassaro, Richard Perez, Jes Hunt, Kelli Anderson, Kevin Harris, Erik Marinovich, Roxanne Daner, Scott Allen Hill, Jim Walker, Tuesday Bassen, Cassie McDaniel, Ellis Latham-Brown, Corey Mesler, Lydia Nichols, John J. Custer, Joe Van Wetering, Meg Tuite, Jolby, Joseph M. Mau, and Emory Allen.


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Case No. CLS-1876
By John J. Custer



Standard package:
KIT v11.7.1
Suggested retail price: $395.
Standard equipment: Water bottle, flashlight, carabiner, binoculars, hunting knife, fishing hooks and sting, compass, matches, batteries (4), first-aid kit, pocket knife, eating utensils (3), canned food (3), backpack, 5-year warranty


Optional package(s): 
Wild Wild West
Suggested retail price: $400
Bow, Arrows (25), spear, tomahawk, rope, handcuffs, dynamite (1)


Sports Package V
Suggested retail price: $40
Volleyball (1)


5 O’clock
Suggested retail price: $15
Assorted mini bottles of liquor (3)


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Filtered water


Destination and Delivery
Suggested retail price: $350


Total suggested retail price: $1200



1. Review assignment: Pick up all documents at precinct detailing new infraction with subsequent assignment, date, person(s), location, etc.


2. Purchase proper KIT: Purchase standard KIT along with optional packages suggested in assignment details. You may choose to consult with a KIT specialist.


3. Report to home base: Verify identity with standard issued ID card and voice recognition. Await proper docking station and departure time.


4. Report to assigned docking station: Bring all verified and signed documents and valid ID to receptionist.


5. Follow assignment and order.: Follow out all details in the assignment strictly. Do not deviate from target via people, places, or time. Should unnecessary persons become involved abort immediately.


6. Return to docking station: Once your assignment is completed, report back to docking station in a timely manner.


7. Finish assignment: If your assignment calls for more attention in the real world, address these issues in timely manner. If your assignment is complete, proceed to step 8.


8. Expense assets: Expense all assets and receive payment for assignment.



Case Study Notes


First I should let you know that, by the end of the year, time travel will have been invented. I should know: I was there.


It’s actually quite simple, really. A company called 1985 Inc. discovered that the light and radio waves traveling through 3G and 4G telecommunication could be directed at specific points in our space time continuum. Meaning that the we could communicate and travel to specific times through our mobile devices. Naturally, 1985 Inc. patented this technology and has monetised on their discovery.


At first–as one would expect–this technology was only available to universities and scientific scholars. It facilitated some of the greatest discoveries for the human race and became a tool to help us understand our being and history.


This privatized technology soon became available to the public. More specifically, to those whose wallets were as overstuffed as their egos. Most of these individuals were persons who had a vested interest in changing and rewriting their family history. These high-paying consumers were, more often than not, people who wanted to erase error or blood from their family names … or at least pawn “unfortunate situations” onto others. As you can imagine, these types of scenarios were frowned upon.


During this transitory period, there was a wealthy Texas man named Jeffrey Custer who was so entangled in his family history and image that he felt the need to hire out a small group of goons to carry out the task of erasing the battle of Little Bighorn, removing Custer’s Last Stand from the history books.


Days before my assignment, history books that were not kept in The Vault had no memory of Little Bighorn. All of a sudden, the Custer name was spoken of often and in gentler tones—Jeffrey was now a presidential candidate. April 1st was the day the phone rang for me, again and again. I was to report to my Sheriff Officer for detailed instructions and be questioned before embarking on my new assignment. He wanted to make sure I wouldn’t compromise my task. I had to take the job…




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Work done for Ferocious Quarterly

Design and Curation: Nate Utesch
Operations: Jason Roemer
Writer: John J. Custer
Editor: Jason Roemer and Julia McCarthy