Inspiration, by Reed Beebe
Sid Sagendorf always attends the Salem Comic-Con. The convention is a small event, attracting mostly local collectors and comics aficionados. The convention’s organizers invite comic book artists to meet with admiring fans, but few noteworthy artists attend.
Sagendorf, the creator of Curtis, the Cute Ghost, is the exception. Who doesn’t remember the humorous Curtis comics? Or the cartoons? Who didn’t once have a Curtis lunchbox, or know someone who did?
Fans often ask Sagendorf what inspired him to create Curtis. When asked, he usually sighs, looks up, and points to the disquieting, not-so-humorous, not-so-cute specter that always follows him around.
Reed Beebe writes fiction and poetry in Kansas City, Missouri. His stories have been published by The Were-Traveler, Flashes in the Dark, and Fever Dreams.