It all started with a tag line: “Harry Potter meets Mission:Impossible.”
I met Ruben Romero in 2014 at their Think Alike Productions group during a comic-con in Tampa in Spetember, 2014. I became a huge fan of the property, yet I always wondered – what went on behind the scenes at the IAM?
In 2016 I attended another convention. This time, Kevin Anderson was a speaker, giving a talk on adapting other materials, and an idea formed. Checking all the booths with various indie comics, I realized none of them had been developed into the printed word. Well, if a picture tells a thousand words, could a thousand words paint the picture?
I approached Ruben with my idea, and a partnership was formed. He gave me access to background material his team had developed on characters and situations, and about future plans for the IP, and I was off to the races.
More like the marathon. Almost three years and nine drafts later, it’s finished. Today is publication date for the book. It’s now available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats. Other platforms will be coming soon.
I’m grateful that I was allowed to play with this IP in the way that authors like Anderson and Alan Dean Foster have done in the past, going beyond the scop of the original comic to fill in little details. Call it paint-by-word, if you will, but I believe I’ve given the project a bit more tapestry to play with going forward.
About that going forward… This is an indie book, which means it is as much a labor of love as anything else. The original comic is available on Comixology, and in the coming days a Kickstarter for the next volume starts. My book in both ebook and signed paperback formats will be among the gifts for those who donate. I hope you will, because I’d love to have a second chance to play on this playground in the future.
Thanks for the love and support.