“The Threat from Aisle 300,” by Jason Arnett.

Jason Arnett is a writer and friend, and one of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet. We crossed paths at one of the local comic conventions here a few (several?) years back, and in the years that followed Kevin and I would find ourselves being “table neighbors” with him in the vendor’s area of local conventions like Planet Comicon and Kansas City Comic-Con.

As he occupies his table throughout the weekend, Jason quietly performs little slices of awesome: He does writing commissions for what he has dubbed, “Velocity Stories.” Basically, you give him a story prompt, and he’ll write a one-page story for you at the con. Depending on the story length, he charges $15 to $30 for this feat of writerly dering do. After writing up a new tale on his laptop or tablet, he then transcribes it by hand along with a nifty little illustration or two onto a nice piece of decorative paper/parchment that’s suitable for framing.  It’s really rather cool to watch the process unfold multiple times over the course of the weekend.

Recently, Jason and his family were hit with some difficult news, and he began searching for a means of helping his parents deal with a host of medical issues and the associated costs. To that end, he began taking story commissions via his website, with the idea of directing proceeds from that effort toward helping his folks. He posted about this on his blog, and several people shared/cross-posted it. To hear Jason tell it, the signal boosting sent a number of kind souls his way, allowing him to share his talents with these wonderful people.

Of course I requested a commission of my own, and sent Jason the following prompt:

…the two of us at a con, thwarting some kind of alien evil in the vendor’s room. I’ve always wanted to star in a story, written by someone else. :D”

Responding to that off-kilter challenge, Jason produced “The Threat from Aisle 300,” which I’m now happy to share with all of you:

jasonarnett-threatfromaisle300(Click to Enlarge)

I’ll be framing the original piece, and it will occupy a place of honor in my home office.

Sadly, Jason’s mother passed away on September 28th. He and his family are in my thoughts, and I can only hope that working on these little projects helped him navigate what I know was a very difficult time.

If you are one of the folks who responded to my forwarding of his original request and commissioned a piece from Jason, then I can’t thank you enough. If you’re perchance interested in making such a request now, I encourage you to reach out to Jason via his website.


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