Timeline-15: Void-Wolf Picture

Yup, with RvBOMally doing it, I thought it'd be a good idea and try it too. My Timeline-15. What is Timeline-15?

"Basically, Timeline 15 is a timeline in which things are just the way you like them. Your best possible timeline. Things that you like are popular, things that you dislike are unpopular.

Your political candidate of choice is doing well, your crush likes you back, you're healthy and happy. The way you currently dress is fashionable in Timeline 15, movies and tv-shows you enjoy are a critical and financial success while those you dislike are failures over there. Your favorite music is topping the charts, your favorite videogames are the most played, etc.

The catch is that Timeline 15 diverged from our world on the day of your birth and not sooner, so whatever Points of Departure you're introducing cannot happen earlier and the world was exactly like OTL until you were born."

So yeah, here is mine! Since I was born in May 1st, 1993, that is the divergence point. Of course, it will be rather strange with some potential ASB, but I don't know. Not to be taken too seriously. It's not a utopia, but certainly an uplifting scenario, even if it required some sacrifice early on and pain. Of course, rarely are there lessons without pain. Also, this won't be presented in the style that I've veen doing with my past maps due to the esoteric nature.

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Historical Changes

= The point of divergence was May 1st, 1993. In OTL,an outbreak of a respiratory illness later identified as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome begins in the southwestern United States; 32 patients died by the end of the year in the Prime Timeline (what we call my timeline I suppose.) However, in this world, the virus resonspible for the outbreak (I will shorthand it to HVPS) appeared to have mutated for greater infection rate and hardiness, allowing the disease to spread through fleas and whatnot and in humans, it began became airborne. In essence, an epidemic was born of a potentially lethal disease that spread across the Midwestern and Southwestern United States primarily, though it spread to the east coast and even outside the US later on, but not nearly to the same extent.

= The people who suffered the most from the disease was the poor and some of the middle class of the area and most were unable to get treatment due to lack of insurance and such. This led to greater pressure, especially from that area to implement national healthcare, especially with the use of slick ad campaigns and those opposing implementing natioal healthcare being presented negatively. Politicians who opposed implementation suffered serious drawbacks, especially when one mentioned that some were funded by insurance companies, leading to suspicions of corruption. Ultimately, with some luck, charisma and proper planning, President Bill Clinton passed a form of national healthcare, similar to Obamacare. It wasn't perfect, due to politicaly lobbyists and private insurance companies doing their best to interfere, but it was still benefited plenty of people to grant them healthcare and the amount of publicity surrounded it caused the political climate so shift in the Midwest and Southwest toward progressive parties. After all, it was the Democrat Bill Clinton who provided a way for healthcare and handled the spread of disease and the more vocal opponents being some conservatives that lost some prestige to say the least.

= Bill Clinton still had to maintain the program and help the nation deal with recovering from the outbreak and never got invovled in the political scandal that would've tainted him and so he leaves office as a very popular president. He still had to deal with plenty of politcal drama in foreign affairs and influence in the UN with Rwanda, the Yugolavic Wars and so on. He endorses Al Gore for the 2000 election against George Bush, but despite the tight race, Bush ends up winning due to the financial supplements from third parties, including those who felt slighted from "Clintoncare." This caused a bit of an upset in people, esepcially when it began coming out on who backed Bush and rumors of political tampering started to spread, which would cause a problem...

= As a president, Bush was a fairly-tame lame duck. However, the stories over how he got elected began to spiral out of control, especially with corruption accusations with some of his cabinet and the attempts at interfering with "Clintoncare." In September 2001, a failed terrorist attack was discovered (not 9/11 but an analogue), with the agent involved accidentally revealing on television that it was done to encourage the Americans to go to war in the Middle East. This along with the Bush adminstration attempting to sign an analogue of the Patriot Act caused a massive firestorm in the media and the government. Crackdowns began as more and more politicians were detained for questioning and a new form of courts to handle extraordinary cases such as this were form to ensure no one could "weasel out." Known as the Calm Revolution, the nation crashed into pause with peaceful protests across the naton and the desperate government trying to recover. President Bush himself helped the progress and while he received plenty of flack at first, his attempts at helping was still noted. While the election results were still valid for Presidency, the influx of arrests of politicians across the board for corruption and other charges led to several emegrancy elections of local areas being held. The correlations and patterns of who was arrested has an impact on the political spectrum and even the Republican and Democratic parties somewhat collapsed on themselves.

= In 2004, a new election was held with the remains of the Republicans and some Libretarians trying to keep Bush in, but Al Gore managed to win this time. Beyond restoring "Clintoncare" and upgrading to a sngle-payer model much like the Canadians (in the Freedom From Sickness Act), he focused on green policies and environmental shfits inviting seveal prominent scientists to help deal with climate change, including Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson. This also included targeting companies and being held liable for actions. Al Gore remained a popular presidents with other changes including scholarships devoted to medical students and rearranging budgets to help benefit veterans and soldiers. The Drug War also ended with marijuana becoming legal with restrictions while focusing more on ending violence.

= In 2008, the Great Recession happened, but unlike in OTL, the results were heavier and more drastic. It was like a repeat of the Calm Revolution, but this time targeting high-levle businessmen. Through the use of the internet, news spread rapidly on arrests of corrupt CEOs and other business leaders, including Sachs and several military groups. In fact, several corporate news outlets were targeted. While some, such as ABC merely suffers severe financial troubles yet survived, others like FOX news collapsed in and liquidated. Through it all, the Obama Adminstration helped oversee what many called 'the end of money in politics.' Corrupt banksters, corporation leadrs and so on were arrested and a further purging of corruption happened. Beyond that, the Obama adminsitration saw great change such as legalizing gay marriage in 2008, LGBTQ protections and a revamp of voter and civil rights. Marijuana was loosen on restrictions with more drugs being legal, but governmently controlled with the money going from enfrcement to counciling and rebuilding communities. Former President Bush regained some popularity with his participation in rooting out the corrupt, but still remains retired from politics.

Global State of Affairs

= The United States is moderately further left than the Canada of OTL with national healthcare and greater civil rights and protections. Term limits on Congress were added well as new commitees were in place to prevent further gerrymandering while also redrawing accurate and simple areas. Despite this, states' rights remain important and participation in local governments and community affairs has been promoted. Economic growth has been stable with changes coming since the return of offshore jobs coming back to the US (especially with the result of the collapse of Communist China back in 2006). Minimum wage has increased to about $10 an hour, though some states offer more and blue collar jobs are popular once more. Immigration has been thoroughly reworked to make it easier and smoother for people to become citizens and several "green city" projects have been prepared and funded out west thanks to former President Gore. New political parties have risen up with about 5 being the most well-known. The New Libretarian party (now focused on local business and states' rights), the New Republican party (formed from moderate Republicans and some Democrats who survived the purge), the New Democrat party (formed by more liberal Democrats with a couple of socialists sneaking in), the Green Party (having an odd counterpart to the libretarians) and the Technocratic Party (the new kid on the block.)

= Russia joined the European Union after different leaders led to some delicate affairs for a while. Russia has mellowed out considerably thanks to influence from the Union yet retains prominent power and influence in the world. They have a friendly economic rivalry with the British. Putin never rose to power and eventually became a somewhat well-known Russian actor for playing traditionally masculine action heroes in Russian movies. Russia has also been developing their civil rights, with protections toward the LGBTQ community as well as just focusing on internal development and promotion of Russian culture, especially when trying to 'outperform' the British. They'e also been focused on developing the Turkic Coalition, especially with the potential climate problems.

= The European Union endured the financial struggles brought by 2008 and Russia coming in was also controversial at first, but they endured. They have rearranged laws to allow a bit more freedom for individual members, but the promotion of unity has kept morale up. The British have no real desire to leave the European Union, namely since they more or elss have de-facto leadership in it, albeit alongside Germany and France. The split from Scotland was painfl, but ultimately for the best though now they have to deal with whether Ireland will leave as well. They've accepted the economic rivalry they have with the Russians and some harken it to the Great Game, albeit for economic and cultural purposes (Britain retains the advantage in the entertainment industry, but they know not to underestimate the Russians.)

= The Arab Spring happened a bit sooner, during the beginning of the Obama Administration and the US took full advantage to assist genuinely democratic insurgency groups and despite the odds, all the dictatorships crumbled and leaving way for secular democracy. The US invested heavily in the new Arab powers and though the rich resources, the new powers grew strong. The world was skeptical at first, but it paid off well as the US became very well-regarded in the new Arab sphere and was a massive increase in morale for the people of the US as well. the Arabian Federation has nationalized their oil to build their state, but have also started investing in solar power and have a booming film industry happening. The Americans patched things up with Iran with the collapse of the old government and the new secular republic. Iran maintains a friendly rivalry with the Arabian Federation. The Democratic Arab League has been helping promote civil values and liberties along with moderate Islam. Wahhabism is severely unpopular and the remaining fringe groups only cause minor amounts of trouble. Plenty of Arab immigrants have been heading to the new Green US cities while some of the Arab nations themselbes have been seeing more immgration from the US.

= Communist China collapsed due to the rather lackluster conditions and after a brief dictatorship, managed to become a democratic Federation. While smaller than it used to be, the people are definitely happier and the various green programs have also gotten rid of pollution. Furthermore, wise investing in their neighbors help it grow rather nicely and they've opened up tourism for the West. They also helped with the Korean Reunification project and the new governments of each state have decided on fresh clean slates. With its relationship with India having decreased a bit, they've been also developing Pakistan nicely, who has also modernized and relaxed. The Indian Ocean has become a Chinese pond when they promtoed relations with Ethiopia, who has since gained quite a following. Leading in the Free Africa movement, Ethiopia is proud to display what they can do and is on good terms with the Chinese and Pakistanis.

= South Africa's apartheid problems ended sooner and more permanently with corruption being much lower than OTL. Has been recently competiting with Ethiopia.

Cultural Changes

= The world in general has a much more pro-science stance with various scientific studies and research having been promoted and funded for the betterment of humanity. The Space Race has returned in a more friendly matter, yet planned joint missions remain common and the US-Russian teams plan for Mars missions to begin in 2020. Meanwhile, green power such as solar, hydro and whatnot have become more common with the Fusion Race having become the new frontier with hopes in that the various models and new ideas may provide hope for long-substanding energy. Helium-3 mining operations are also planned for 2020 between several groups while STEM programs are common-place.

= Schools have gotten a long-needed readjustment in helping children develop fundemental skills while also promoting different paths. Being a blue collar worker or a pink collar worker is just as acceptable as a white collar one while technical colleges have been on the rise. Teachers are paid much better and treated better than some years ago though that comes with higher responsabilities. Public universities are now generally free in regards to tuition while the more well-known ones are much less expensive than present day. Furthermore, there are a greater amount of scholarships to cover other fees such as housing and books while private universities Companies and businesses work closer with schools to get a stead workforce of new applicants.

= Globalism has somewhat recovered, but changed. Multinational companies still exist, but in different formats such as cooperations and alliances rather than monopolies. Furthermore, cooperation and the benefit of everyone is done for the sake of goodness and enlightened self-interest. Everyone saw what happened in the US and in several other nations when you get too greedy and with the spread of information, people are much more aware and are not going to take it. Meanwhile, Fair Trade products have become the norm which stricter regulations to follow, but ultimately not exploiting people and working together is worth ti especially the long term agreements.

= Cultural attitudes have been more moderate for the most part. The various reforms and attitude changes amongst the population means that more radical groups of the left had no reason to rise, barring some in isolated areas where human rights are still questionable. Far-right attitudes are looked at thoroughly with disdain, with white terrorists and neo-nazis being common villains in crime dramas and such. Discrimination of any sort has become outlawed in every field from politics to business while several programs were placed to reduce discriminatory feelings in various countries, with more countries putting them into place. As such, racism, sexism and so on are decreasing very much year by year.

= Social media and internet culture is different than OTL and that is partially due to Mr. Fred Rogers. His stomach cancer operation being successful, he turned to the Internet and became one of the first people to host a webshow. In the same way he went to television to change it, he did the same with the internet and having been a well-known figure, influenced the net. Internet culture is much tamer than in OTL in how people treated each other. Another reason for this is how anonymity is different on the internet. There is a fair bit more of public reinforcement on the Net while also responsablity and libability. In layman's terms, people who act like jackasses online are nowhere near as likely to get away with. WHile Facebook, Google and Twitter exists with other sites, they operate differently and indeed the internet works differently. While in OTL, the itnernet is free because many sites sell data accumulated to advertisements, here, the people pay for the internet through taxes and other means, but it also means greater security for the user and overall a more valuable expeience.

= In regards to the internet culture, it has remained mostly the same since the earlier 2000s. Sprite comics remain popular along with Flash animations and forums discussions. In fact, sprite comics and animators can now make a living through Patreon and some have branched into original work, especially with the animated web adaptation of Kid Radd and its new widespread popularity. Intenet culture in partticular has become the subject od discussion, disection and interest in mainstream media and academia when the third book of the so-called Coming of Age trilogy came out a few years back by a college student. Newgrounds is a rival to Youtube in content creation, especially with their involvement in gaming and the new deal they have done with Valve, especially with Steam. Online content creators are given the same respect and treatment as other people in the entertainment industry. Making a living on Youtube and Newgrounds as well as other sites is more common now and considered respectable if not a bit quirky. International content also gets more involvement in it, with some of the unexpected classics coming from quieter countries.

= The world is overall more secular for the most part due to various factors. Seperation of church and state is a prominent idea while the Catholic Church suffered serious issues due to the child pedophilia issues, but have managed to redeem themselves in hunting out the corrupt. Despite this, religion is still a respected thing and people believe in what they want to without hurting. Quakers have been growing as a popular form of Christianity and Unitarian Universalism.

= People are more aware and skeptical of what they interact with and see, with a greater willingnness to do research. There's also higher standards being held when it comes to keeping track of information and such. This has led to libraries become reinforced as pillars of the community, with librarians and library technicians being held in high esteem and respect. Bookstores such as Barnes & Nobles remain popular and are just as popular to go to as libraries. Science has become a more popular subject and there is a greater number of diversity in the scientific community and at a growing rate.

= Postmodernism entered its twilight years in the beginning of the 2000s, with the last great works associated with it published at the time. Experts mark 2011-2012 as the end of post-modernism and the beginning of remodernism. Present in art, it also has a heavy influence in literature, cinema, television and to a limited extent, video games. A promotion of honesty and new conventions, reconstructions of phenomena and values with optimistic beliefs are the big thing right now, part of a greater cultural phenomenon based on hope. Despite that, some of the last deconstructive works and more cynical toned pieces were stil pretty good. Video games is generally the only medium were new deconstructive works could be produced and expect to do well, though part of that is associated with video games' young age as a medium. Ultimately, optimistic and remodernist works dominate the industry, both large and small. This accompanied the culture shift and symbolized an end to the cynical and pragmatic tones that have symbolized most of the latter half of the 20th century.

= Animation is now considered very respectable amongst the mainstream populace and often animated shows and movies are just as good if not better than live actions, winning many serious awards and garnering prestige. Animation aimed for adults has also shifted from adult humor to more serious topics, especially with adaptations of works like Maus. Graphic novels are now usually seen being researched in literature classes and recently video games have been now considered a medium for art as well by the public. Don Bluth managed to endure and start his own animation company which rivals Disney. Bluth Animations has also been pushing Disney to retain the same high-quality and level of story-telling. Speaking of, while Disney's fairy tale works remain popular, rather than making questionable sequels for home-release, they instead tried out new ideas and adaptations of more obscure works. Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet are considered classics with those like Snow White and helped usher in new types of movies, such as the animated John Carter of Mars and other more action-oriented works. Pixar still works with Disney, but is considered more independent now. Despite this, the two remain on good terms and often compete against Bluth Animations and their on-and-off partner, Dreamworks.

= The entertainment industry has become, for lack of a better word, decentralizied. While Hollywood and Broadway retain their influence and prestige, they now have everal venures of competition and development across the continental United States. Atlanta is the "Hollywood of the South", with Gerogia State University and SCAD working in tandem with the industry. Other popular locals rose up in West Virginia, Ohio, and Wynoming, giving plenty of new opportunities and such to those places. Furthermore, the infrastructure and logistical changes have allowed for it to become easier to get into the field while also providing mroe opportunities for more stable work. This was a response to the backlash against nepotism in networking as well as to account for more introverted employees or those with little experience. On the world stage, this applies as well, with Mexico, Brazil, Russia, the UK, France, Japan, China, Arabia, Ethiopia and Indonesia being the gianta of entertainment with plenty of rising stars.

= Environmentalism and green energy is now much more popular and prominent. Several nations have made recycling very mandatory while others have created tax benefits and so on for recycling and such. Many houses now have solar panels and water and wind power is much more common out. Biofuel is still somewhat popular. There are fewer cars seen as several auto-industries took big hits from 2008, but there are now more public transportation options and massive subway trains are being built and designed across the US and in other countries. Cars are still seen, but not as popular. Some people have traded in cars for large bucks and donated cars became parts of streetcars or other public transporation areas. Gas isn't as big a problem, but the race for making solar cars at resonable prices would help out alot.

= Sports has also changed considerably. American football is only half as popular as it used to be at most though. Baseball is still somewhat popular though not as much (ironically, it has grown in popularity around the world, especially in the Middle East.) The sports world is more varied, with lacrosse being mor epopualr along with more obscure sports. The big popular sport is chess-boxing, viewed as a real sport of kings. E-sports is also now very popular and considered professional now.

= As a result of the Great Recession, mainsteam news has become radically different. With several major news network having been crippled if not downright destroyed, new ones came into place, but through a new system. Relying on government funding along with funding from the people, the news networks now have a much stricter policy toward honesty and truthfulness with several anti-corruptuon systems in place. Meanwhile, several webnews outlets have risen in popularity and become as trusted as mainsteam news, such as Secular News.


Specific Details & Personal Preferences

= The Star Wars prequels met with criticial and financial success, especially with the reveal of Jar Jar Binks as a Sith Lord and the one behind it all. Furthermore, to help smooth over story details, two animated series were released in conunction with the Prequels. One between I & II and the other between II & III to help fill in the gaps that happened and to give plentuy of world-building. Both animated series were shown on the Disney channel along with a third that expands on what happened between III & IV. As of right now, a third trilogy is being planned, based on the Expanded universe. For now though, Star Wars fans are content with successful video games and the current animated series that serves as a bit of a sequel for VI with popular characters such as former Stormtrooper Finn and potential Jedi Rey.

= Reality TV exists, albeit not in the same terms we would think of in OTL. More similar like Mythbusters and performance shows rather than pseudodramatic stuff. Sitcoms still exist, but not as popular. While older ones like Boy Meets World and others are fondly remembered, people in general believe there isn't much for sitcoms, though BMW's sequel is still popular.

= In the video game industry, Nintendo continues to dominate the game industry, especially after having purchased some new IPs such as Perfect Dark to use in their library. The Gamecube remains their best-selling and most popular console of all time, having even beaten the SNES and the Wii. The Playstation and the Xbox continue to serve as solid competition as well as computer and mobile gaming. Furthermore, Nintendo's new talent has led to some unexpected, but interesting developments, such as Metroid becoming Nintendo's equivalent of Mass Effect or the new Zelda game inspired by Skyrim in terms of gameplay. However, Nintendo has maintained various classics known to the public such as Mother 4, Sonic Revolution and plenty of others. Currently, the Wii U has enjoyed success through the interesting GamePad mechanic especially combined with sharing features online. Where else could you play a DnD video game with the GamePad player being the DM? However, the Playstation 4 and Xbox One remain solid comepetition. The Nintendo Switch, the successor for the Wii U won't be coming out for more years, with the game companies wanting to give their consoles longer shelf times.

= On the computer, Warhammer 40k has enjoyed plenty of success as a darker alternative to World of Warcraft and other MMOs, but has been struggling with sales due to the shift in cultural paradigm. However, they do plan on making a spinoff based off of a fan-made IP to help supplement sales and maintain it, through Brighthammer 40k. Other MMOs include the strangely popular Discworld Online, Kingdom Of Loathing and AdventureQuest Worlds.

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Speaking of, interaction between works and fan-bases has shifted. Fanfiction ad fanworks are viewed closer to how doujinshi is viewed in Japan. Beyond serving as a good recruiting ground for new writers and content creators, several laws and rules that offer protection for content creators and other people in the industry against harassment and such make interaction easier. Furthermore, fanworks have inspired various ideas and companies often take the better ideas or obscure ones for publicity stunt or for fun. One large project is the noncanon crossover of Star Trek and Star Wars miniseries. Smaller works hae included radio plays, such as the radio episodes of the Doctor Who/Psych crossovers. Other ideas take place in video games, where a large crossover between Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, Star vs the Forces of Evil and Nickolodeon's Wander Over Yonder occurred with even a surprise inclusion of 2016's Game of the Year, Undertale.

= Fangames are more tolerated and venerated and often the makers are hired by the game companies. Sometimes the work is even delegated to make official games. While this usually started out in making remasters or remaking games with better designs and less bugs, spin-offs are becoming more popular in these sorts of interactions. Things like the Classic Sonic Advanced Collection (a remake of Sonic 1, Sonic 2, SOnic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD using 32-bit graphics, namely those of Sonic Advance) was the starting point and led to other classics such as the Metroid Origins Trilogy (a remake of Metroid, Metroid II, and Super Metroid in the style of the Metroid Prime.)

= DC's New 52 did not occur, but Marvel did perform their first reboot of the Marvel Universe in 2012 due to large issues in telling good stories with how "messy everything became." Others also pointed out that was done to lighten the tone, a response to the remodernist culture happening. Comic books are as common as magazine subscription with larger collections sold in books and the reprinting of classics have also been well to the industry, though online distribution has become more common in order to save paper. Animated and live-action adaptations have been beneficial to the medium. The final Batman movie before the new millenium was I, Batman, which was a massive success with George Clooney having done well as an older Batman and the first movie to fully prove the balance of a comic book movie. This was follwoed by the 2000 classic, World's Finest: Superman and Batman. Greater representation has also been increasingly common, seen in Marvel's Alpha Flight and the cult classic DC's the Global Guardians. Wonder Woman The Animated Series is in development by an up-and-coming new creator, everyone is hyped over the Avengers/Justice League crossover film and a surprise has come with Image comics having worked with Netflix to create Invincible: the animated series.

= Due to the large nostalgia of the 80s, shows like Stranger Things enjoy criticial ratings on primetime television, Dungeons n Dragons has experienced a new revival , especially with the Wii U exclusive game and various other 80s phenomenon have returned. Especially in music. In terms of music, somewhat obscure genres of music such as chiptune, vapowave and so on have become very popular. Classic rock and rock n roll has been undergoing a revival as of late. Country music is somewhat unpopular while hip hop and rap are currently reinventing themselves to get back in touch with their roots.

= The Pokemon anime remains as popular if not more so here. After becoming champion in Johto, Ash was delegated to supporting protagonist and mentor figure to Wally in the Hoemn arc. Furthermore, more serious plots were played with Team Magma and Team Aqua in this arc. Sinnoh continued this path, with darker story elements with Team Galatic. FOr Unova though, new characters were used, with Black/White, B2/W2 serving as the extension of this arc. Despite the new characters, it did well and fans were happy Ash made some cameos, same as with the Kalos arc. Meanwhile, the Pokemon manga is rumored to be getting its own animated adpatation.

= Donald Trump retired in 2001 after surviving a heart attack and his successor ended up liquidating the company, the several assets becoming bought and sold. He has since remained largely out of public life besides the occasional film cameo and or news about potential lawsuits (whether standing trial or as witness to whatever Klansman he's gonna have be guilty).

= Hilary Clinton has spent msot of her time managing the Clinton foundation and never got to be Secretary of State though has also started a program to encourage women to go into politics.

= Bernie Sanders, the New Democratic Party's pick has won the presidency and has been responsible for moving the party further left. His current platform is on increasing the minimum to accoutn for the higher standards of living. Some socialist libretarians have actually joined up in hopes of created state-based minimum wages, since some states are costlier to live in than others.

= Alternate history is predicted to be the next big thing for television, films and video games and the up-and-coming people have promised plenty of good things. Most of the AH shows are pllaned for the History Channel's spinoff channel, His2, which has included speculative fictional shows along with shows focusing on mythology and other shows like Ancient Aliens.

= Smartwear such as smartglasses and smartwatches are growing in popularity, especially since production is now in the United States and many older models are recycled to make newer ones.

= As for me (after all, that's kinda the point of TL-15), I'm the up and coming person making the Wonder Woman Animated Series while working on DC and Marvel comics (namely a DC imprint and a Marvel imprint that have become their own multiverses) prior to that. Also published first trilogy that plays with the "coming-of-age" genre (like the one mentioned above.)

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