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New Comic

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I’m a little late in talking about this.  Three weeks ago we debuted the newest comic to feature my writing.  The Almighty Project.  This one is a lot different than Ayla Speaker for the Dead.  For starters it’s in black and white.  I know a lot of people might be turned off just because of that, but I think black and white is just as creative as color.  A lot of the comics I wrote when I first started writing are in black and white.  I’m hoping that the fact it’s in black and white won’t deter anyone from reading it.

The Almighty Project is my attempt at a Young Adult Novel.  If you’re a fan of Andrew Smith and any of his books, blame him.  I picked up The Grasshopper Jungle and fell in love with his writing.  It lead me to immediately look for every book the man has ever written and proceed to read them.  Which in turn lead me to want to write my own Young Adult Novel.  I wouldn’t blame it completely on Mr. Smith, I’ve been reading others before him, but he really grabbed me.

This story has more autobiographical elements in it than anything I have ever written also.  I’ll leave it the reader to determine which are which.

Please give it read and let me know what you think.  This story means a lot of me and I hope you enjoy it.

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Andrew Smith

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This is going to be a fairly short post compared to what I was planning to write.  I have a headache and am not up to writing everything I wanted to.  This is probably what will be just be the first in a series of posts though about Mr. Andrew Smith, a very talented and not well known enough writer.  When I planned to start these posts about Mr. Smith I went online and googled his name to get an image of his newest book.  I found no posts even mentioning his newest book.  I found some that mentioned his book before this “The Alex Crow” but nothing about his new book that just came out.  I don’t know if that’s due to poor publicity on his book company or what, but it’s a shame.  I was able to find an image of it by going on Amazon.com and pulling the image from the sale info.

His newest book is “Stand Off”, the sequel to the very good “Winger”.  The main character of both books is Ryan Dean West.  In the first book Ryan is a 14 year old Junior at Pine Mountain.  The second takes place a year later after some major events in Ryan’s life and the after effects of these events.  Ryan Dean (as he likes to be called, not Ryan) is an amazing real character.  I am not finished with the second book yet, but am enjoying it as much as I did the first one.  (I will admit that for some reason I don’t like the covers of either book.  Not sure why, but they just don’t make me want to read the books.)

Mr. Smith is what would be considered a Young Adult writer.  All his books reside in that genre.  I want to write more about that in future posts too.

What I want to get across with this post is how good these two books are and how good Mr. Smith’s books are overall.  I will admit to not being as crazy about a few of his books and I’ll get around to talking about those and why in future posts.  Read these books and make sure you really read “Grasshopper Jungle”!  This book is nothing short of a masterpiece.  But like I said, more to come.

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