Study Guide for Marooned On Margo, Issue One

Issue One is not even published yet but you can still have some fun with this Study Guide.

Study Guide to Issue One of Marooned On Margo. 

(The more you know … the more there is to know … the more confused you’ll be.) Now that you have finished reading Marooned On Margo, Issue One, it is time to find out if you have been paying attention. Test your knowledge by taking our delightful multiple-choice quiz.

Where is the planet Margo?

  1. In a galaxy far away
  2. In a parallel universe
  3. In Provincetown, Massachusetts.
  4. In the ravings of an overly caffeinated idiot

Marooned On Margo is …

  1. … Funny
  2. … Heartwarming
  3. … Misses every opportunity to stimulate rational discourse
  4. … The story of a boy and his dog
  5. … Like some appallingly cheap scrapbook

Who is Paul Richman?

  1. A furniture salesman on Margo
  2. A sexual innocent on Margo
  3. A young gay man from Earth
  4. A biracial, homeless greeter at Sparbo’s Bar and Grille

Who is Marco Fornero?

  1. The mentor to Paul Richman
  2. Paul Richman’s nemesis
  3. A pharmacist on Margo
  4. The sexiest man alive on Margo

How did Paul Richman get to Margo?

  1. He was picked up by a UFO while thumbing for a hitch
  2. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time
  3. He was at the right place at the wrong time
  4. He was someplace at some time
  5. He was abducted by a sex-crazed Astro-Marine from Margo
  6. He won a lottery for a time travel trip and Mercury was retrograde

Is English spoken on Margo?

  1. Only in your mind’s attempt to get food
  2. Seldom … make that Never
  3. Frequently, but it translates as gibberish to a Margoin
  4. Sometimes, at holiday tables

How many languages are spoken on Margo?

  1. Three
  2. Eighteen
  3. I skipped that part; it was boring
  4. Will this be on the final?

What resembles pond scum on Margo?

  1. Algae on ponds
  2. Salad bars on Margo
  3. Refrigerator mold anywhere
  4. Your mama!

What insect is used as living fashion accents on Margo?

  1. Oh, that’s gross!
  2. Who would do that?
  3. Ipakeks
  4. Blants
  5. Lemonades


Essay Questions for Bonus Points (pick one only)

Your answer must be rendered in a complete sentence with a subject and verb and subordinate clauses.

A: Do the people of Margo … (Acceptable answers: yes, no, maybe, don’t know, I missed class that day)

  1. Fart?
  2. Segregate the races?
  3. Perform in community theater?
  4. Raise hell?

B: If you could make up your own planet what would it be like and what would you call it?

C: How are you handling the fact that this is not a graphic sci-fi novel and it is very gay?

D: Would you date Paul Richman? Why or why not? (For gay male readers only)

E: Have you ever had a deja vu experience? Have you experienced it while reading this issue? While reading this quiz?

This completes the Study Guide for Issue One of Marooned on Margo. So now you may be wondering, “Is it a Study Guide or a Quiz, make up your mind? If it is a quiz, what are the correct answers to this quiz? and What’s my score?”

You can score yourself when you see the free range of acceptable answers in Issue Two of Marooned On Margo, coming out as fast as we can throw it together.


Music of Margo

When I was dreaming up Margo in the mid-1980s, I made cassette tapes – mixtapes – of the music I loved and thought would be heard on Margo. Two of them (Selections From A Sleezian Juke Box and Beach Blanket Margo) were derived almost solely from my collection of 45 rpm records. Popular Music of Margo and A Night In Heliopolis were composed of cuts from more current album music of the 1980s. This music inspired me as I imagined Margoin musicians doing covers of these songs. If you remember this music then you will get a taste of what is heard on the airwaves of Margo.


The Storyteller’s Creed

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge,

That myth is more potent than history,

That dreams are more powerful than facts,

That hope always triumphs over experience,

That laughter is the only cure for grief,

And I believe that love is stronger than death.

~~~~ Robert Fulghum ~~~~


Marooned On Margo

As an artist, I’ve always used the most basic of tools: paper and pencil. In the current world of self-publication a whole different set of knowledge is needed to fill a page. If I were a younger man, I would consider going back to school to learn design on the computer. But since I am not a younger man, I have had to rely on the knowledge and skills of others to translate the vision i created on paper pages to the digital pages of my forthcoming book. Unable to use the new-to-me technologies has felt a lot like being left behind – marooned – in the Twentieth Century.

I’ve been asked when I expect to publish Issue One. I wish I had a clue. Patience is not one of my strong suits and this is a process that forces me to take very slow, agonizing baby steps. It is not true that “time flies when you don’t know what you are doing.” I originally planned for Marooned on Margo to come out as a single volume in 2012. The help I now have was not available to me then and I gave up in frustration. I am very determined to not give up again.  The point is that I owe more than I can say to those who are now helping me realize  this project. So please bear with me and be patient. Thank you.