I was going to save Stiggy Unstuck until I reached its chronological position (the day before the Cockney Upstarts gig) but it’s that different stylistically to everything else that it works well enough as a standalone story. It also acts as a good prologue / scene setter for the Cockney Upstarts story.
It’s told from the perspective of a glue sniffer, Stiggy, and it has quite an anti-skinhead vibe to it because Stiggy just doesn’t like skinheads for a variety of reasons (some of which I may explore at a later date).
I should probably point out that Stiggy’s views are his own, and do not represent my own views on anything. But you’re all intelligent enough to have worked that out for yourselves, right?
Stiggy was originally created as a figure of fun for the other characters to take the piss out of, but he quickly became one of my favourite characters. He’s one of society’s misfits, just like me, and I have other plans for him after I finish Punk Faction.
Incidentally, if anyone thinks the actions of the two police officers are a bit far fetched, you may be interested to hear that it is based on a true incident. It was a beer can rather than a glue can, and obviously the names are different, but everything else actually happened. Except for the bits that didn’t.