(PRWEB) November 8, 2004
(PRWEB) November 7, 2004 Â This hilarious calendar features cartoons and poetry about life in the modern bureaucracy as itÂs described by Toady, the main character. ItÂs titled: Stars Ân Toads, life at Workrfun Inc. WorkRFun is the fictitious company where Toady and his friends work. It is staffed entirely by stars and various animal-like creatures. The calendar describes office life from the perspective of an administrative professional in brilliantly colored cartoons and rhythmic, satirical poetry. This calendar is the first product for sale from the legal entity which is also called WorkRFun Inc. ItÂs owned and trademarked by Bob Cole.
The colorful product is comprised of 28 pages with 13 monthly cartoons and calendars, December 2004 through 2005. Each date grid has one or more small icons where Toady highlights various holidays. It can be seen and purchased at http://www.2005calendar.com. ItÂs the only calendar on the market featuring cartoons and poetry targeted at people who like to laugh at work.
The January poem begins: ÂThis morning when I woke up, I could not find my brainÂ Â Toady, a round, green, toad-like character, is shown in front of the bathroom mirror. HeÂs peering into his empty cranial cavity. He describes a situation felt by millions when they start some days realizing theyÂre not thinking as well as usual. The scene is set in a cloud of white in the center of the page with the yellow words of the title and poem embedded in dark purple.
Other months also describe situations faced by working professionals in the bureaucratic morass. In March, Toady sits on a telephone with the un-plugged cord in one hand and a donut in the other. He then describes how splendid life can be when ÂThe Sweetest Sound Is SilenceÂ. April defines ÂThe Curse Of The Golden CarrotÂ. A Seagull (manager) is holding a sparkling golden carrot in front of a trance-like Toady. The poem tells how our need for money keeps us returning to work. In December, Toady turns a request from management into a hilarious scam. The rhythm of the rather long poem is reminiscent of ÂThe Night Before ChristmasÂ. Every month of 2005 is a different topic with a little different approach to the cartoon and poem.
Cartoon characters are described at the beginning on the December 2004 picture. Managers are depicted as anything with wings. (They see things from higher up.) Twinkles, a star, is a Âstraight manÂ for Toady. Liz is also a star who represents the good qualities of working professionals. Felina, a cat, and Slider, a toad, embody the characteristics of employees who are less than productive. Felina likes to be ÂsickÂ on Mondays and Fridays and goes to the beach to get well. Slider sends incendiary emails referred to as Âscud lettersÂ. The caricatures of Stars Ân Toads show a life which brings a smile to everyone.
While the target market for this calendar is office workers, everyone who sees it seems to relate. Cole is hoping to sell thousands of calendars at a price which will put them in offices and homes all across the country. He is planning to keep the price below $6.00 and besides selling them on the website is going through EBay and Amazon.
Cole worked in a bureaucracy at a major US electronics company for 23 years. He requested and received a Ânice layoff packageÂ when the company went through hard times. He worked in Human Resources, Facilities Management and Purchasing in factories, division headquarters and corporate offices in three different states. He grew up in Arizona, received his Masters degree from Northwestern Kellogg GSM, and spent the last 18 years in South Texas. His strength is his creativity, as one can see in the poetry he writes, but he says he has a lot to learn about marketing. He has several thousand calendars for sale, and he hopes to have a small sliver of the market.
The artist for the Stars Ân Toads calendar and comic strips is Taylor Dobson. She completed high school in Yorktown, Texas, and is currently in her senior year at Texas A&M University. She is finishing a degree in Psychology via the internet from her home in Pensacola, Florida where she lives with her husband of six months. TaylorÂs brother, Ricky, was the original artist for the comic strip. She took over two years ago when he moved on to other things. She loves to do the drawings and likes the settings that Bob provides her. If the calendar is successful she may parlay her psychology degree into a career in art and internet marketing. You will see from the cartoons that she has a gift for drawing.
WorkRFun is the brain child of Bob Cole. The idea came from a statement of an engineer new to BobÂs Purchasing team. On his first day with the company, after being snowed with a barrage of inquiries from customers, suppliers and product engineers, this wide-eyed engineer had an innocent question: ÂDo we get to have this much fun EVERY day?Â Months later, Bob thought of this incident when he tried to name his new comic strip and coined the term: WorkRFun. He decided that WorkRFun did not sound like a comic strip and developed the title: Stars Ân Toads, life at WorkRFun Inc.
Office humor comic strips are pretty common these days, so Bob is taking a different approach to marketing his Âtoons. The comic strips themselves will always be free for anyone to use and even publish, with certain restrictions. They can be found at http://www.workrfun.com. Siginificant archives are at http://www.2005calendar.com. They are twice the size of normal newspaper comic strips and are in full color. He hopes to make a profit by selling his calendars and later a line of branded office specialties and toys. The 2005 calendar is the first major step in advertising his comic strip to the world.
For additional information or a sample contact Bob Cole or go to the website.
Calendars are available for immediate shipment. WorkRFunÂ® is a trademark belonging to Bob Cole. Stars Ân Toads calendars are copyrighted by Bob Cole. Â©2004
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