I've spent most of my career writing comics, but a few decades ago, I worked briefly as a copy writer at an advertising agency in my hometown of St. Louis.
My days were occupied churning out TV and radio spots for savings and loan associations ("Deposit $5,000 and get an omelet panFREE!"), trade magazine ads for industrial heaters (they're used to keep the O-rings warm on intercontinental ballistic missiles), and commercials for a spray-on fabric wrinkle remover (a somewhat problematical product; it got rid of wrinkles, but it also ate the fabric).
Needless to say, the work was about as stimulating as playing tonsil hockey with a doorknob.
I was desperate for a diversionany diversion. And so, with my office door locked and the lights dimmed, I began writing, on company time, a series of bizarre little tales to keep my mind alive...
- Elves Against Hitler - Part One: A Moat is as Good as a Dolt to a Blind Goat. Beginning the strange tale of a clan of elves, a goat, a retired schoolteacher, and their courageous stand against the Third Reich.
- Travel up a polluted stream of consciousness without a paddle in Poem in A-Flat...or Was It a Bungalow?
- Ya gots yer Starship Troopers, ya gots yer Babylon 5, ya gots yer Federationand now ya gots The Shaman of Poogundagar (pronounced: pooh-GUN-duh-gar), a space operetta like youse never seen.
- In Fabotnik: One Man's Ragnarok, a human
being dismantles himself on a whim.
- The state of contemporary relationships is ill-considered in the free-form sword & sorcery meditation,
In Prudence Is the Better Part of
- Conversion in a Terminal Subway abandons all laws of physics, logic, and language in an effort to explain the real reason people want government, and the world, off their backs.
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