My Graphic Novels
Child of Buk
"Child of Buk" is uncompromising Science Fiction. It introduces a fresh, unexplored approach to the classic "First encounter with Sentients from another world" story line.
This is my primary creative outlet. It's my "playground". I've finished and present for your inspection, nearly 300 pages of intense sci-fi, spanning two complete story arcs. I have outlines for several more, including the last story in this epic. Hopefully, I'll get it all out of my head and on this site someday.
The Silver Man
Horror, Erotic Noir Mystery Story
I've always wanted to write a horror/detective story. This is it.
It's a fast read since I drastically constrained the dialogue There is none until the third and final act. Even then, only the Silver Man does any talking. I wanted to instill a pacing that rushed the reader through events, then slammed them to a halt. I hope it worked.
When I began outlining, this oozed uninvited from a deep, twisted crevice that I had no idea resided in me. Once exposed to the light, it grew large and unruly. I could not cram it back in, so I had to finish it. Even if I could put it off, there was no way in hell I was going to allow something like this to squat inside my head. Unlike my other works, I didn't feel "good" when I finished this... I felt relief. Pulling it out from my mind and onto the internet was a form of exorcism. And like an exorcism (a successful one, anyway) the process trashed me, but I'm free of this demon.
I don't know what else to say, other than... "Enjoy"?
Violence: A Graphic Essay
Young Adult, Non-Fiction,
From distinguishing between violence and aggression, to explaining why prejudices and profanity are unproductive, to identifying the characteristics that make someone a "jerk", "Violence: A Graphic Essay" unpacks the touchy topic with clean, humorous, descriptive graphics and text. Rather than preaching dire warnings of the consequences awaiting those who partake in violent behavior, or blaming sports and the media for saturating our airwaves with a bloody onslaught, this book proposes that the spark igniting most violence originates from preventable misunderstandings. Ignorance (not knowing) and stupidity (knowing but not thinking) have started so many more arguments, brawls, and even wars than they ever should have. While annoying, neither ignorance nor stupidity warrant a vicious retaliation. Those who committed them had no malice, so the response should not be malicious.
"Violence: A Graphic Essay" exposes some of the sources of ignorance and stupidity so they can be addressed and extinguished.
As a teacher for many many MANY years, I've seen too many promising kids get derailed from their educational path by what turned out to be utterly trivial misunderstandings. Most of those derailments could have easily been deflected with the infusion of a little knowledge.
Hopefully this book will contribute to that infusion.
It's an opening for a long overdue conversation of a topic that's seldom discussed thoughtfully.