Pierce Nahigyan is a freelance writer, editor and cartoonist. He grew up in New England and then the South, was educated in Chicago, and sort of fell into Los Angeles. Along the way he worked as a busboy, a bartender, a Sunday school teacher, toymaker, canvasser, ship’s cook, voice actor, tour guide, freelance journalist and failed novelist. A graduate of Northwestern University, Pierce holds a B.A. in Sociology and History. He lives in southern California with his groovy wife and their dog, Nymeria.
Life isn't easy when lunatics in silly costumes are constantly blowing holes in the city. You lose a lot of friends that way. Also, it's terrible for the economy. That might be why Freddy Funke, hanging onto the bottom rung of society's greasy ladder, is so desperate for a job. Or it might be because he's lazy, unlucky, and once tried to impress his ex-girlfriend by stealing a blimp. Now, fresh out of prison, Freddy has been fired from every low wage job on the worst part of a bad town, he's single, he's hungry, and his best friend just got crushed by a building. Evicted from his apartment, Freddy turns to the one industry that's still thriving in the former City of Angels, putting on a mask and working for men who call themselves "super villains."
As Freddy bumbles through the seedy underbelly of a bombed-out Los Angeles, he rises from thug to henchman to a villain in his own right - dodging crooked cops and the city's resident superhero, The Man, along the way. It's the classic story of the American Dream, rife with explosions, domestic terrorism, and a man wielding a Fart Gun.
Freddy Funke's back in prison, but not for long. The feds want him to hunt down Lily, and Hollywood wants him to be a star. If they can bust him out, this one-time slacker-turned-criminal-mastermind will sign on the dotted line. Unfortunately for them, Freddy's tired of being told what to do. The new mayor has pledged to make Old Polly great again. Mr. Big Stuff is going to burn it to the ground.
Tortured to insanity by his boss and beaten to a pulp by the cops, Freddy is less than thrilled to discover he's still alive. But you know what they say: When life gives you lemons, stage a violent prison break and wreak havoc on your miserable metropolis. After assembling a team of misfits and miscreants, Freddy goes into business selling weird weapons to the crime bosses of his violent town.
Eleanor Stills is a music journalist working out of Washington, D.C. She's divorced, on the declining side of her twenties, and wondering if her career is really the dream she always hoped it would be. Amidst this quarter-life crisis, Reginald Sly falls back into her life. He's now the frontman for a bizarre indy band, and seeing him reignites Eleanor's memories of a long summer spent in Italy.
Being a freelance villain is a boom and bust business, and Freddy has seen a lot of banks go boom since he survived Red Rhino's driveby. Now known as "Mr. Big Stuff," Freddy is finally making a name for himself. But all is not well in Old Polly's underworld. If Freddy wants to survive, he's going to have to make nice with the bloodthirsty bosozoku and outsmart a monster that can read his mind.
Freddy Funke is a henchman for hire. He's not very strong, he's not very scary, but he will beat people up for money. It's a lousy job and he knows it, but he's finally run out of options. In this dark but hilarious satire, crime is the last thriving industry in a dystopian Los Angeles, and Freddy is going to fail his way upward until he becomes the biggest super villain in town.
In Laundry Day, the world is held hostage by an alien force that puts the fate of mankind in the hands of an ambivalent young man. In Theodore & the Red Light, one man's quest for sugar becomes an odyssey of self-loathing when he gets into an argument with a stop light. In Nicholas and Ana, the last atomic bomb is about to be dropped, but not before Nicholas can reconcile with his estranged wife.
Joseph is a very old vampire who just wants to be left alone. He doesn't play the part of the gothic undead or revel in his bloody damnation. He just exists, and very uncomfortably. But when a hip young bloodsucker insists that Joe join his "Red Revolution," the offer carries a none-too-subtle threat: If the old vamp doesn't cooperate, his undead days are numbered.
In this collection of nine very short stories, both popular and obscure Greek myths are retold with an often humorous twist. First, Hercules invites himself to the palace of King Admetus and drunkenly attempts to bring his wife back from Hades. The next eight tales cover a host of fantastic failures, including scandalized goddesses, fallen heroes, overworked demons and very naughty sculptors.