*Yours truly dressed in western regalia is standing by a fence.*
Good evening. My name's Steinman. I've been kicking around for some time, now. I've seen and read a lot of Western comics and stories, and I think they're great. So great, I even decided to write my own series. People ask me; "why?" And I say to 'em; "It's never been done before, so it wouldn't really hurt to try and make one myself." They say to me; "You can't," but I say to them, "There's no need to call me anything". What is my series, you ask? It's the best of its kind to come around since Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, Maverick, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Bonanza or Alias Smith and Jones. I call this series Tar Heel. It's got everything there is that any western could offer; it's honest, adult, realistic and very much down to earth. It deals with every single topic and subject matter in a way like never before and of course there are lessons to be learned. And now, I am proud to present...Tar Heel.
Tar Heel concerns of a young man from North Carolina having gone west hoping to find work opportunities as well as working the long cattle drives in and around the Southwestern States. The timeline in the series is set between 1865 to 1885 (1865 -after the American Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's presidency; 1865 to 1877 - during the Reconstruction Era; 1869 to 1877 - during Ulysses Grant's presidency; 1873 to 1879 - the Long Depression; 1877 to 1881 - Rutherford Hayes' presidency; 1881 to 1885 - Chester Arthur's presidency).
Although it's a comedy-drama series, it also deals with serious themes, topics and subject matter (race (S2E9 - 'A House Divided', S3E8 - 'Honor Thy Master' and S416 - 'Hick' which deals with African Americans), religion (S3E20 - 'Blessed Be Those'; S5E23 - 'Mary' which deals with Catholics), drug abuse (S3E21 - 'You Use, You Lose''), date-rape, prison-life (S5E9 - 'The New Man'), murder (S4E19 - 'Blood Money'), anarchy (S1E12 - 'The Unfriendly Neighbor'), suicide (S2E9 - 'Only Human'; S3E18 - 'Goodwill'), arson (S3E8 - 'No Smoke Without Fire'), women's suffrage (S1E4 - 'Jude the Dude'), prostitution (S4E13 - 'Milk Money'), child labor (S3E15 - 'Bobby Kelly and the Dickens Twist'), sexuality (S4E11 - 'Two Lonely Men'), immigrants (S3E2 - 'Top o' the Morning' which also concerns of and deals with Irish Catholics; S5E10 - 'When in Rome' which deals with Italians; S3E1 - 'Dutch Treat'; S3E22 - 'Tea & Crumpets' which deals with English immigrants), young offenders/juvenile delinquency (S4E5 - 'Invention of an Outlaw'), war veterans (S5E16 - 'A Different Kind of War'; S2E17 - 'A Horse Called Dixie'), the economy (S3E15 - 'When is Today But Payday?'), employment/unemployment (S1E3 - 'The Last Postman'; S6E7 - 'The Stuff of Dreams'), disability (S6E12 - 'Isaac'), poverty, runaways (S3E21 - 'A Home to Call Your Own'), dysfunctional families (S5E12 - 'Unhappy Families'), spiritualism (S4E7 - 'That Old Black Magic'; S3E5 - 'The Curse of Justice'; S6E8 - 'Ghost Town') and Native American Indians (S2E11 - 'Tanto'; S4E17 - 'The Golden Eagle Feather'; S5E14 - 'Warpath')).
*denotes long-time character
**denotes later addition to cast
*James 'Jamie' Steinman - the main protagonist; a well-educated and optimistic Eastern man who aspires to raise enough money to run his own horse ranch.
Attire: Silver Belly/off-white cowboy hat with low pinch telescope crown and windstring, red bib front shirt, white scarf, black suede vest/waistcoat, black pants with belt and black boots
*Milton 'Milt' Brenner - the trail boss; a world-weary, veteran cattleman who takes on Jamie and, despite his reluctance, oftens help Jamie and the others with problems or situations they have been dragged into but are not afraid to help out others in trouble; he is often referred to as 'Mr Brenner' by most people, but sometimes by close friends and acquaintances as 'Milt'.
Attire: Granite grey cowboy hat with high creased crown, blue shirt, yellow scarf/bandana, tan vest/waistcoat, grey pants with suspenders and brown boots
*Trevor Peck - a big, burly cowhand; once a former outlaw now a redeemed man who managed to reintegrate back into society; In 'The New Man', he discourages a would-be offender from a life of crime by telling him his checkered past and what he could've become had he not repented of his ways, which leaves the boy wide-eyed and vowing to go straight much to Peck's relief.
Attire: Black cowboy hat with low flat telescope crown, grey shirt, brown waistcoat, navy blue pants with belt and black boots
**Kyle Yasbeck - a young buckaroo and new addition to the team; he was born to European immigrants and grew up on a Kansas farm, but by the time he returned from college, his farm was destroyed and his family murdered by greedy landowners. With nothing to fall back on, he becomes a legally-emancipated adult, joins the team alongside Jamie and Peck and has soon moved on with his life ever since.
Attire: Brown pinch-front teardrop crown cowboy hat, grey-green plaid shirt, black leather vest/waistcoat, red bandana, light blue pants with belt and brown fringed shotgun chaps and tan boots
More episodes to come soon.