Talk shows can be good for something: it was the chance viewing of an episode of "Jerry Springer" that inspired the following costume fantasy. Women's "sumo" was a relatively new phenom at the time, but as soon as I saw it being performed, I knew it was a natural topic for fanta-sizing. The story (which appeared in the fourth issue of Wilson Barbers Quarterly) came pretty quickly.
My two sumoettes' growth was inspired by a pair of Will N. Dorf graphics that appeared in Belly Busters newsletter. I took the names of all my leads from the daytime listings of TV Guide. R.B. Lawrence chastised me once for giving my two couples talk show host names: he felt it detracted from the story. Maybe he's right, but I didn't change their names for this reprint.
Ample Stuffing appears in two other tales ("A Small Percentage" and "Morphing," though only tangentially in the latter). I have no doubt that we'll some day learn more about this most intriguing specialty company.
This version of "Sumo Night" has been slightly revised for purposes of clarity and grammar.
-- Wilson Barbers