Red Titan and the Floor of Lava

5/9/22

Hey, you know how they say that good things come in threes? Sounds like an arbitrary number. But there are some good things that DO come in threes: three-ring circuses, three wishes granted by genies in fairy tales, three Back to the Future movies, three Marx Brothers who were actually funny (sorry, Zeppo, you contributed nothing to the act). That sort of thing.  

Here’s another good thing associated with the number three: I’ve written three Red Titan graphic novels. Well, so far, anyway. The first two Red Titan GNs came out last year. (I wrote about that in a previous blog post.) And I’m writing THIS post to tell you that the third one, Red Titan and the Floor of Lava, is out now. It was illustrated by Patrick Spaziante.

Red Titan is the superhero alter ego of YouTuber Ryan Kaji (who can be seen on the Ryan’s World YouTube channel).

And while the Ryan’s World videos are shot in live-action, the Red Titan shorts are animated. The Red Titan graphic novels are illustrated in a colorful, lighthearted style similar to that of the animated shorts.

All three of the Red Titan graphic novels are set in the Ryan’s World universe. They were all published by Simon and Schuster’s Simon Spotlight imprint, and they’re part of the Ready-to-Read Graphics line.

I had a ton of fun writing these books. I tried to give them a sort of “classic kids comics” vibe, similar to those Little Dot stories Harvey Comics used to publish. Or Sheldon Mayer’s Sugar and Spike comics (published by DC back in the day). That’s what I was going for, anyway.

Here’s the official publisher description of Red Titan and the Floor of Lava:

“Red Titan and his friends want to have a picnic, but…the floor is lava! Will Red Titan be able to use his super strength and his scientific observational skills to save the day?”

More info HERE.

BTW, if you’re interested in checking out the other two Red Titan books I wrote, you can find out more about the first book (Red Titan and the Runaway Robot) HERE.

And you can find out more about the second book (Red Titan and the Never-Ending Maze) HERE.  

 

 

 


Grandpa’s Deep-Space Diner

4/26/22

Recently, I wrote a short story called “It’s Hard To Be A Food Critic Who’s Also A Sin-Eater!”

It was published in an anthology called Grandpa’s Deep-Space Diner, which is out now!

The book was edited by Jessica Augustsson and published by the folks at JayHenge Publishing.

As you might be able to tell from the title, “It’s Hard to Be…” is about a food critic who’s also a sin-eater. The story is written as a restaurant review.

Hope you enjoy it!

Grandpa’s Deep-Space Diner is a collection of food-related sci-fi and speculative fiction.

Here’s how Jessica describes the book:

“My grandpa had a drive-in diner in Rupert, Idaho in the 60s called Chuck’s In-and-Out. It was well known and all the kids went there. My aunt served the burgers (sans roller-skates—Grandma put a stop to that notion!) and Grandma made the best french fry sauce in the galaxy. Grandpa taught me that food, from the production to the preparation to the partaking, could be a simple personal pleasure or a means of bringing groups together in a shared meal. From growing produce in a magical garden, to serving up an exotic burger in an interstellar mall, join us in the delightful, delectable, and sometimes dismal flavors of these speculative fiction food stories!”

Find out more HERE.


Upcoming Virtual Lecture at The Workers Circle

4/9/22

On Tues April 12th, 2022 at 7pm EST, I’ll be giving a FREE virtual lecture on the history of Jews and comic books at The Workers Circle. To register for the event, click HERE.  

The lecture is called “From Krakow to Krypton,” and it’s based on my critically acclaimed nonfiction book of the same name.

I’m hoping you knew that already. Did you know that already? Well, now you do.


Never Seen Before Lodestar Lore!

4/4/22

As I mentioned in a previous post, I wrote the scripts for a mobile game called eQuoo: The Next Generation: Lodestar. The game is available now on Google Play and the iOs App Store.

Each story in eQuoo: TNG takes place in a different historical era. When you play the game, you jump from century to century thanks to a portable time travel device called the Dial. And your mentor and guide in the game is a mysterious woman named Joy, who’s a member of the Lodestars, the secret order of time-jumping adventurers whose ranks you join when you first enter the game.

But who is Joy, really? What’s her origin story? And what’s the origin story behind the Dial? When was it first created? Who invented it?

Recently, I wrote a blog post for the eQuoo website which answers all of those questions. It’s titled “Lodestar Lore: The Story Behind eQuoo,” and you can check it out HERE.

Written as a letter from Joy to one of her fellow Lodestars, the “Lodestar Lore” blog post is a small slice of in-world fiction.

Hope you enjoy it!

Oh, and one more thing: the “Lodestar Lore” blog post and THIS blog post you’re currently reading were both illustrated by the game’s super-talented lead artist, Celia Rodriguez.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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