Tuesday, September 27, 2011

XtraNormal Fiction: Episode One

Arwen (Acoustic) - Sam Gray (mp3)
Humdrum - Pallers (mp3)

My first series on XtraNormal went to the heart of the issue: the absurdities of groupthink in a school environment. While inspired directly by my experiences at my own job, by the people who surround me every day, it wasn't so much intended as a slam on them as it was on the way educators and administrators are in general.

However, when I showed off my creations to friends and spouse, the resounding response I got was: "You'd best not let these get out. It would be bad for you, professionally speaking." Well, I can ignore one voice, but ignoring five or six is a different story.

So I went back to the drawing board. Rather than creating characters who were mash-ups of several people I knew from work* talking in a school environment, I added one extra degree of separation. Rather than seeing the absurdities of school through the administrators and teachers, I decided to reveal it through the parents. And, just in case it still hit too close to home, I made the parents superheroes.

Yes, this has sorta already been done by The Incredibles, but not like this.

The group is named The Paragon after a supergroup a friend and I invented in the '80s. So far, my characters are Horn Dog, Bowie, and Muffy. Horn Dog is the father to Horn Puppy, the freshman high school student at a local private school. Bowie is the single bachelor with a British accent and a mullet (translate: you just know he gets laid). And Muffy is the S&M ripoff who has ascended to the elected role of group leader.

Enough talk. Here's Episode 1.

Horn Puppy and Crew Cuts


Daisy said...


Abbie said...


I think there is particular comedic genius/tension in the superhero-as-parent theme.

More episodes, please.

Jim said...

Damn Funny!

I second Abbie... more please!!