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The Milkman's Missive
Welcome to the first issue of The Milkman’s Missive! Here you’ll get updates about the podcast, behind the scenes looks at the inspirations and process behind it, and other Milkman/St. Gaff’s related miscellany.

Reid Fleming, The World's Toughest Milkman
When I was a kid, one of my heroes was the comic book character, Reid Fleming. I remember clearly being about 8 or 9 and finding the first issue in the back seat of a friend of my mom’s car. He told me I could have it, and I was instantly hooked. I was inspired by Reid’s attitude towards life and his work ethic. In grade 7 or 8, I made a wooden milk truck just like his in shop class. Reid’s favourite TV show centred on a man who, episode after episode, just lay on a bed in a coma. I think for 15 years! Sound like any characters from The Milkman of St. Gaff’s?
As an adult, I learned that Matt Groening of The Simpson’s fame was also a fan and that Homer might not have been bald if it weren’t for Reid. I learned this from a frightening documentary that told the tale of how fellow Canadian David Boswell, the creator of the comic book, sold all the rights to Reid Fleming to Warner Brothers, who have done nothing with it ever since. A real cautionary tale for creatives. Here’s a link to a video Boswell seems to have made of the first episode and to that documentary.
Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman—Movie 01
Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman—Movie 01
I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!!
I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!!
Interview about the First Episode
A couple of weeks ago I did an interview with the eloquent and insightful W. Keith Tims. He’s started a podcast in which he interviews podcasters about their first episodes. Tims also has his own audio drama podcast called The Book of Constellations. In the interview, I discuss the origins of The Milkman of St. Gaff’s, the process of getting if off the ground, and my association with The Rusty Quill Network.
The First Episode Of: The Milkman of St. Gaff's
Just Ask Howie
With the revamped Patreon page, patrons with white badges and up have the ability to submit questions to Howie’s new advice column, “Just Ask Howie.” Today, our first question comes from Erica A., Milkman White Badge:
Erica:
Dear Howie,
I have a good relationship with my neighbours. We’ve been living beside them for about four years now. But they’ve recently acquired two cats that they leave outside all the time. This summer one of them killed a baby robin who’d been coming to drink from our birth bath. My husband has caught the same cat tossing a dead mouse around our yard a couple of times. What should we do?
Howie
Dear Erica,
Ahh, neighbours. The spice of life! I know where you’re coming from. I have a neighbour who bangs on my wall all the time and keeps me up all night. But I’ve found that just going to have a chat can work wonders! If people think you’re on the same side, they’ll let their guard down. Tell them you’re really happy that the cats are helping to solve your pest problem. Then, a couple of days later, get them a small gift. I would suggest a bottle of fresh milk. The whole family - even the cats - will enjoy this cold delicious treat. Just give the milkman an extra half Rupert and tell him you need a Florsham special. He’ll understand. 
Yours truly,
Howie
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Christopher Scott McClure
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