Great news! The League of Comedy Fantasists is now 5 members strong! I know that doesn’t sound like much, but considering ours is a niche genre, this is pretty good.
In case you aren’t familiar, the LCF refers to a team of writers who have joined forces to share works of comedic fantasy and light fantasy with the masses. Our main goal is to create a sense of solidarity among authors of a niche genre.
Join me in welcoming our newest member, Marc Bilgrey, writer & cartoonist. Whoot Whoot!
Marc Bilgrey is the author of the humorous fantasy novels, And Don’t Forget To Rescue The Princess, and, And Don’t Forget To Rescue The OTHER Princess. Both books were originally published in hardcover by Five Star, and are now available as e-books for Amazon Kindle.
Marc’s serious short stories, have appeared in numerous anthologies by such publishers as, Ace, DAW, Avon, and Simon & Schuster. These include, “Crafty Little Cat Crimes,” “Merlin,” “Far Frontiers,” “Slipstreams,” and others. Marc’s mystery and suspense stories appear regularly in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, and his dark fantasy and horror, in Weird Tales. He wrote stories for The New Tales From The Crypt graphic novels, and has contributed to Mad Magazine.
Marc has also written for comedians, nationally syndicated comic strips, and for TV.
Marc’s cartoons have been featured in many publications, including, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and Funny Times. His cartoons have been in corporate newsletters, and on greeting cards. Marc has four published collections of his cartoons, the most recent, Cubist In A Cubicle: A Collection Of Business Cartoons, is available as an e-book for Amazon Kindle.
Want to know more about Marc? Then read on!
Lit Chic: What was your inspiration to write? Comedic fantasy in particular.
Marc Bilgrey: My inspiration to write came from my need to escape from real life into imaginary worlds. My humorous fantasy novels are a double escape in that I consider humor itself a form of getting away from real life.
Lit Chic: Why did you choose humor over another genre?
Marc Bilgrey: My background is as a comedy writer so writing humorous prose seemed like a natural progression, though I also write serious work too. I have had numerous serious short stories published in anthologies and magazines in mystery, fantasy and science fiction.
Lit Chic: What inspires your humor?
March Bilgrey: The absurdity of life and the lunacy of humanity.
Lit Chic: Why is humor so important? In your opinion.
March Bilgrey: Humor is a way of distancing oneself from the pain of living. It’s also very healing and something that brings people together. We share much which humor comments on.
Lit Chic: Tell me about your novel, And Don’t Forget to Rescue the Princess. What was the inspiration behind that?
Marc Bilgrey: It’s about a down on his luck New York actor who is mistaken for a great warrior by a wizard (who has seen him playing a Viking in a pizza commercial) and whisks him away to another dimension, where he is forced to go on a dangerous quest to rescue a kidnapped princess. In the second novel, And Don’t Forget To Rescue The Other Princess, the same actor (spoiler alert) must rescue another princess. The genesis of the idea was me wondering what it would be like if I found myself in a pseudo medieval world having to go on a quest. Would I be brave? No, I would be terrified. And what if I had to go on that quest with a knight who was even more scared than I was?
Lit Chic: Your comics have been featured in The Wall Street Journal as well as other reputable publications, what about your comics do you believe makes them so popular?
Marc Bilgrey: My single panel cartoons have appeared in magazines and books. I’m not sure how popular they are but I’m pleased that some people have liked them:)
Lit Chic: Do you prefer comic strips over novels?
Marc Bilgrey: Each medium is different, though I particularly love writing short stories and novels.
Lit Chic: What do you think is the appeal of comics/graphic novels?
March Bilgrey: Comics and graphic novels are a visual medium like film and TV. Pictures are very primal. We look at them before we learn to read. Using images to tell a story is as old as cave paintings. Comics and graphic novels have been popular for all of recorded time and before, they’ve just had different names.
Lit Chic: What is your advice to aspiring authors/artists?
Marc Bilgrey: Spend years developing your craft. Don’t isolate. Get to know everyone in your field. Be kind and descent. Learn to deal with rejection. Look for opportunities wherever you can and create those you can’t find.
Random question time!
Lit Chic: What is your superpower?
Marc Bilgrey: Super depression.
Lit Chic: What is the most hilarious thing that’s ever happened to you?
Marc Bilgrey: This interview. LOL!
Lit Chic: Muppets versus Fraggles, who would win?
Marc Bilgrey: Whoever has the better lawyer.
Lit Chic: Any random thoughts?
Marc Bilgrey: Why are we born? What is the meaning of life? And exactly how much is that doggy in the window? (The one with the waggely tail).
That’s all for now! Be sure to check out Marc’s website which includes his blog and information about his books.
If you wish to join the league, please contact Me, Kylie Betzner, at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the words “League of Comedy Fantasists” in the regarding line. Members are screened prior to membership and are expected to follow group rules: maintaining a standard team page, promoting other members, and so on and so forth. Thank you for stopping by!