The trigger for this research by the illustrator Steve Michiels, which resulted in a new book, was the rediscovery of a drawing in his drawer, depicting a peculiar women’s circle. The cartoon that ensued from it explores a world of hyper-actuality, simulation and morality as if through the eye of a security camera. ‘Civil Twilight’ is, in a sense, a break with Michiels' oeuvre of chiefly cartoons and illustrations, stories that take place within one printed picture, secured in a period of time. The work receives its ultimate meaning somewhere between the drawn image and the written word. Also, this story of the story has expanded to become an integral part of the final cartoon.