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Thursday, November 30, 2023

If disaster hit Gainesville, what would happen?

Written by Tom Sims and illustrated by Cincinnati K., the short story series “Elotchaway” explores life in a future Gainesville after a calamity has made the luxuries we have grown accustomed to useless.

“It’s not about a disaster, it’s about what happens after,” said Jim Chapin, 25, the editor of the “Elotchaway” series.

The story is on its fourth issue and is gaining local popularity due to its familiar setting.

Scenes in the book take place on a warped Bo Diddley Community Plaza and a Gainesville Regional Utilities-like plant held together with wire and glue.

“Elotchaway” can be ordered online at and in locally owned businesses, such as The Midnight Café and Bar, 223 S. Main St.; The Bull, 18 SW First Ave.; and inside Karma Cream, 1025 W. University Ave.

The lack of locally owned bookstores in Gainesville has driven the series to find an alternative in local cafes.

Chapin said the theme in “Elotchaway” of lacking conventional means has lined up well with the way the story is being distributed.

“The story is about a failure of infrastructure and having to make your own alternatives,” Chapin said.

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