So, from time to time, Tom does some fiction writing over at the USENET newsgroup rec.arts.comics.creative. It is here, for example, that the rough draft of Jolt City was first unleashed upon the world, as well as six or Seven Romances. He's also won a fair number of awards for said fiction-- not that he's bragging or anything.
And while he's been concentrating more on filmmaking than fiction, he still feels the need to give something back to the community that's given him so much. And it was in that spirit that he created the first of hopefully many "High Concept" contests, which has just come to a close.
A rough sketch of a character idea-- the high concept in question-- is provided to the group as a whole and anyone who wants to participate writes a story delivering on that character concept. The winner, by popular vote, will provide the concept for the next contest, and so on.
Since I started the first contest, I provided the first concept: the Forgotten Man, a Depression-era pulp hero/superhero/vigilante. The basic idea behind the concept is that, once every twenty-four hours, every person on earth forgets everything they know about him.
Six authors answered the challenge, and you're free to read their stories over at RACC. You're also free to vote for your favourite between now and July 18, 2009. Make your voice heard here.