In these days of violent entertainment, it is refreshing to hark back to days of yore, when our parents and grandparents were regaled by such innocent fare as a love triangle between a bulldog policeman, the androgynous cat of his devotion, and the vile-tempered mouse the cat adored, who returned that devotion with a heartily heaved brick to the head. Good, clean, gentle fun. (As #4 daughter said when she was very wee, “I’m speaking sarcasmly. Don’t you know sarcasm when you hear it?”)
Krazy Kat by George Herriman featured these characters and more, all played out against a surreal background that made it not only unnecessary for its readers to try dope but probably ill-advised.
Wikipedia has a nice article on the Krazy Kat comic (or komic) strip, and Yoe! Studios has a beautiful site devoted to George Herriman, replete with “c” words spelled with “k”, just as the master would have wished.
I would love to illustrate this post with a Krazy Kat picture, but the net has been fluttering with talk about bloggers being sent Cease and Desist orders for posting pictures from other sites, even if they link back, so here is a picture of a brick, instead. I took the picture, and I own the brick so, unless Rameses II or whoever invented brick-making wants to sue me, I should be okay.
Which brings me to my next subject: PACKAGED, by Leslie R. Lee, probably my favorite book ever, is FREE at Smashwords until the end of July 2012. Here is the link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/132678 Go buy it (It says it costs $2.99 and worth every penny, but it’s free). At checkout, enter the coupon code SSWIN. Here is the post I wrote featuring the book and why I love it: http://marianallen.com/2012/03/bizarro-or-what/ .
Red Brick is one of the main characters in the book. He also runs a restaurant/club named Red Brick, and the menus are inscribed on … You’re way ahead of me … red bricks.
My short stories, except the latest one, which I haven’t Smashworded yet, are also free this month. Go to my profile page (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MarianAllen) scroll down to the short story collections, “buy” them, and enter SSWIN on checkout.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character is sent a Cease and Desist order. By whom? For what?