Robert Rodi’s 1994 cult sensation is a scathing satire of corporate rapaciousness, sexual identity, and pop-culture absurdity. Long out of print, it now returns to enjoy a new lease on life as a definitive skewering of one of America’s more brazen epochs. Brian Parrish is a very successful, bottomlessly ambitious cartoonist. When Bang Comics, publishers of the country’s most iconic superheroes, begins redesigning its “properties” to compete on a grittier, harder-edged pop-culture landscape, Brian signs on to rescue the stodgy, virginal Princess Paragon. His solution? — Turn her Sapphic. This brings him into direct conflict with Jerome T. Kornacker, an unhinged fan who’s in love with the Princess. Their battle of wits (and ultimately of weapons) plays out like Stephen King’s "Misery" in reverse — and raises the question: Who really owns a fictional character? Her creator? Her copyright-holder? Her loyal fans? And will anyone survive long enough to find out? “An extremely enjoyable satire on today’s comic industry … Of course, it’s worse than this in real life, but it’s seldom as funny.” – Neil Gaiman “A delightful comic novel that’s also faintly terrifying … forces us to recognize the bit of obsessive fan that perhaps lurks within all of us.” – Charles Busch
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About the Author
Robert Rodi was born in Chicago in the conformist 1950s, grew up in the insurrectionist 1960s, came of age in the hedonist 1970s, and went to work in the elitist 1980s. This roller-coaster ride has left him with a distinct aversion to isms of any kind; it also gave him an ear for hypocrisy, cant, and platitudes that allowed him, in the 1990s, to become a much-lauded social satirist.
After seven acclaimed novels set in the gay milieu, Robert grew restless for new challenges—which he found in activities as wide-ranging as publishing nonfiction, writing comic books, launching a literary-criticism blog, and taking to the stage (as a spoken-word performer, jazz singer, and rock-and-roll front man).
In 2011, excited by the rise of digital e-books, he returned to his first love, publishing new fiction inspired by the work of Alfred Hitchcock. He also organized the republishing of his seminal gay novels under the banner Robert Rodi Essentials.
Robert still resides in Chicago, in a century-old Queen Anne house with his partner Jeffrey Smith and a constantly shifting number of dogs.