Fantasy (flash fiction)

January 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

It’s all about boxes, borders, barriers. He walks into a new room and immediately looks for the walls. He sits in the corner, facing the door. He feels free. She builds worlds in her head—universes peopled by aliens and powered by magic as vast as her imagination, then ties herself down with their laws and rules. Give her freedom, and she’ll find herself a cage. Maybe it’s something about the invasion of brusque, digital geometry into their lives—first their living spaces, then their thought patterns expressed in stucco squares and wireframe polygons. Maybe it’s the real world, which tells them that they can be anything and do anything, with its fingers crossed behind its back all the while.

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The Pros Character Files: NASS

January 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Meet Tommy “Nass” Nassif, one of the four members of The Pros. He knows how to get things done.Tommy "Nass" Nassif, by Steve Stormoen and Jelena ĐorđevićNass served two-and-a-half tours as a medic in Afghanistan. Then, on leave in 2008, he refused redeployment. Between his mood disorders and dishonorable discharge status, life for him since has been pretty difficult. After the war, he joined the peace movement, but got discouraged by the movement’s waning numbers and level of commitment as new issues sprang up, but the war continued on.

Tommy "Nass" Nassif, by Steve Stormoen and Jelena Đorđević
With The Pros, Nass is a masterful tactician, able to quickly interpret complicated situations and understand how to change them. In his new job, he sees a way to help people in a way he wasn’t able to in the military or the peace movement.

He asks The Pros to follow one rule: nobody dies on their missions. But, as intense as their missions end up, can they really maintain such a zealous moral stand?

Tommy "Nass" Nassif by Steve Stormoen and Jelena Đorđević—from the upcoming comic The ProsAll characters and panels are from Proactive Insurance: The Pros, issue 1 by Steve Stormoen and Jelena Đorđević, coming in 2014.

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