Stinky: The Best Looking Man on the Planet

The Companion to Stinky Stories

Month: November 2014

Stinky Covers

With thirty titles available, I’d like to give a shout out to the talented people who create the covers.

Waylon Bacon is an LA-area artist and filmmaker who has a flair for the offbeat.  He was a little reluctant to try handsome instead of creepy, but his visual sense of humor relates to the written humor in the stories.  His art doesn’t correspond to specific story incidents, but suggests he caught the characters at an unguarded moment.  He likes to include partial faces to give the reader more room to imagine what Stinky looks like,  and he loves to incorporate skunks.  Real skunks are nocturnal and not always seen, so it’s amazing how often they can wander onto a cover.  The striped frame on Stinky’s high school photo in the Volume 5 covers even has skunk stripes.  I imagine that Stinky paid $1.99 at Ocean State Job Lot for the skunk towel and cooler set on Volume 4 covers.

fiverr artist vikncharlie hails from the UK.  She takes the original art, changes the background color so each story is visually distinctive, and adds the title.  She has an unfailing eye for placing the type so the words convey more than they otherwise would, while assuring that the stories have a consistent visual image.  Sometimes the colors might have something to do with the story.  When Eddie’s Irish mother is the guest star, the cover is an Irish green.  When Stinky’s nephew finds himself at a dreary camp in the Poison Ivy Capital of America, we rub pink calamine lotion on the cover to show support.  If the story doesn’t suggest a particular color, we use one that stands out from the other colors in the volume.  Most of the time there is a connection, if you stop and think for a moment.

Stinky lives in a rich, colorful world, but a story doesn’t seem “real” until it has a cover and image.

I’m grateful to be able to work with such talented people as Waylon Bacon and vikncharlie.

Stinky and the Tomb Brothers

It’s a challenge staying on top of Stinky’s weekly adventures, and its been months since a new one’s been added to the backlog.

Halloween inspired a zany tale of four brothers in search of sex.  The Sons of Horus guard the pharaoh’s organs in a tomb and don’t get out much.  The only way to get them to shut up is to ask them, “What’s new.”

Now that books are stored on electronic devices characters can “shimmer” from story to story and the Sons of Horus descend on Stinky and Eddie.  Halloween is the only night of the year that any of them has a chance at scoring — only one has a human head, and he wears a wig that looked dated in 2375 B.C.E.  They talk the boys into taking them to a Halloween party, hoping to score.

There are no tricks or treats for the musty deities until clever Stinky figures out some divine intervention.