August 13, 2009 Leave a comment
Can you believe it, it’s the final FICT of week 2!! So here it is, FICT #9:
In my time as a radio presenter and producer I have written many short-form comedy items, but the one that was the most popular by far, and kept popping back at every station and on every show I worked on was something called ‘101 Interesting But Blatantly Untrue Facts’. Over the years I have thought about trying to get these surreal and ridiculous little non-facts published as one of those little books you see by the tills in bookstores. And then in early 2008 a publisher friend suggested I add illustrations to the book, to make it more appealing. Who did I know who was an ace illustrator? Who other than best-selling author of far fetched fiction Robert Rankin! I sent the full list of 200+ non-facts to Robert and asked if he would illustrate a few IF he found the idea funny enough. Well, he did, and so far he has produced 20 sample illustrations, all of which are, frankly, superb.
I have put together a sample book and have been taking it around various publishers and agents for the past 6 months. I am also trying to get the now retitled FICTS (part fact part fiction…Robert’s very good idea) into a national newspaper as a weekly cartoon. Whatever happens, I thought you might enjoy seeing a few of them here first.
So, every weekday, for the next 4 weeks, there will be a DAILY FICT for you to feast your eyes upon! If you enjoy them, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE recommend this blog to friends and family, mention it on Twitter and Facebook, and if you know anyone who might be interested in publishing the book or use FICTS in a magazine, do send them our way.
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