Year of the Bull: The Rise and Fall of Ox Bow was written by Mark Rapacz. He also did the label designs with the aid of Beer Labelizer, Jam Labelizer, Beer Label Creator, 8-bit Avatar Maker, and using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.
Though the writing of Year of the Bull: The Rise and Fall of Ox Bow took a while to shore up a few years ago, the virtual and design phase of this project was supposed to take a day and a half. It took longer than that and in the writer’s opinion, “It came out weird.”
Mark Rapacz is the author of the dime-store novel Buffalo Bill in the Gallery of the Machines. His short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Water~Stone Review, Southern Humanities Review, and Martian Lit. In 2010 he received the Pushcart Prize’s special mention distinction and recently got a piece published in the 2012 edition of Best American Nonrequired Reading. He and his wife currently live in the Bay Area where he continues to write stories.