Mister Sticky™: Master of Invisible Glue

In real life, indecisive 20something Tanner Talbert can’t “stick” to anything. But as Mister Sticky, Master of Invisible Glue, this Heronot can stick to anything!

Comic book treatment and script in progress by Walt Jaschek, starring new, creator-owned characters.

Mister Sticky art by Walt | Costume design by Rick Burchett

Mister Sticky TM and © 2021 Walt Now Studios

Mister Sticky™ Concept and Characters

Concept: A new young, superhero in a rousing, fun, family-friendly series that’s also a loving tribute to Marvel Comics of the Bronze Age. (“When comics were fun to read.”)

Colorful villains and fights amid the skyscrapers, but also quieter scenes dense with interpersonal conflicts, self-doubt and flirting. (“Go get ‘em, Tiger – er, Sticky!”

Setting: St. Louis, 1999. A thriving Midwestern city (with an Arch for stick to) in a year well before All This Madness: there are still busy crowds, commerce, crime. The internet is young. People still read newspapers. And the big worry is the impending “Y2K” virus!

Tone: Funny but involving. We want readers to say, “I have to have issue #2!” Lots of humor and banter. Though we go right to the edge of full parody, we don’t cross it. You don’t have to know those Romita Spidey books to enjoy, but it helps.

Creative possibility: Explore an entire “Sticky-verse” of flawed heroes and wonky villains that resonate back to Marvel. “Hogg” could be our “Hulk,” for example: a blunt, powerful pawn sought by teams good and bed.

Overall story themes:  Believe science. (Sticky’s alter-ego is a young chemist.)­

Believe in yourself. (Our young hero has some growing to do.) Most of all: “Stick” (commit) to something. And someone. In other words: Be more sticky!

Characters

His alter-ego: Tanner Talbert, age 25, a big kid of a guy who considers his otherwise serious job as a chemist at a Monsanto-like chem giant as a way to play and tinker in a lab somebody else pays for. (It’s where on weekends he developed his “sentient glue.”) But he’s ready to walk out the door any minute for another job; he’s juggling three or more potential girlfriends (see below), and he seems to deliberately avoid any and all commitments. In other words, he can’t “stick” to anything!

In time, Tanner will learn he is just one of a group of new heroes being secretly monitored – and eventually recruited – by the mysterious team known as The Hero Nots.™

Sticky’s constant nemesis: Rhoda B. Blabbit, the acerbic, science-disputing muckraker on TV’s Flux News. She believes Mr. Sticky’s “sentient glue” must be a trick, calling him a fraud and dangerous side-show to law enforcement.

Tanner’s constant nemesis: Bad boss Mateo Martinez, bureaucratic manager of Robert’s lab. Their employer, Bigly Chemical, claims to be about “innovation,” but Martinez’ reflex for the status quo makes sure no actual progress happens. This spurs Tanner to keep his “sentient glue” invention to himself.

Girlfriend Possibility 1:  An equally gorgeous, anti-big-chemical environmental activist, fiery, red-haired Lucy O’Shea is Tanner’s friend from college. She constantly tries to get him to quit and put his knowledge of chemistry to better use. (If only she knew!)

Girlfriend Possibility 2:  Bad Ashlee. The bad girl option. A leather-wearing, rob-the-rich diamond thief who crosses Sticky’s path amid skyscraper penthouses. Are those sparks flying from flirtation… or her “energy-whip?”

Best friend:  CD-Ron, a nerd in the burgeoning world of “desktop computers,” and an amateur welder who helps Tanner with his wackier hardware requests. Builds furniture out of AOL disks.

Rogue’s Gallery:

Feral Hogg. Half-human. Half-mammal. All Hogg. The mutant who can eat through steal is always hungry. Always. Hungry.

The Answer™. A Mr. A-type character, who appears from the mists to cause confusion and make needless judgements about everything.. “Who are you?,” his victims ask. “Good question,” he says, nonchalantly. “But you already know… The Answer.”  [POW!]

Bad Ashlee [[see above]]

Kiss My A Man. A Captain America-type gone wrong, doling out punishment by making bad guys “kiss” the giant A on his triangular shield.

There they are. Ready to go. So let’s go.

Into the Stickyverse.

Mister Sticky™ Book 1 Script

By Walt Jaschek

9-9-21

Page 1 – Full-page splash

Indirectly emulating the splash page of Amazing Fantasy #15, in which Peter Park casts a shadow on the wall as Spider-Man.

A bright conference room at Enzyme Chemical. It’s electronics recycling day, and stuff is starting to pile up: old computers, VCRS, desk lamps, coffee makers…

In mid-ground, Lucy O’Shay – red-haired, gorgeous, business very casual in sweater and leggings, hands on hips, disappointed. She is looking at our protagonist, Tanner Talbert. Tanner (Mr. Sticky in civilian identity) is in foreground walking to us and out the room, whistling nonchalantly at Lucy’s taunt. But Tanner’s shadow on that wall reveals Mister Sticky, clinging to the wall.

CAPTION: The place: A conference room at Enzyme Chemical, an industry giant in St. Louis, Missouri.

CAPTION 2: The moment: A confrontation – with a side helping of irony.

LUCY 1:  Tanner Talbert! You’re quitting the electronics recycling committee? We’re just getting started!

TANNER: It can’t be helped, Luce! I’m… over-committed.

Lucy 2: Ugh! That’s what you said last time! Let’s face it, dude…

Lucy 3:  You can’t stick to anything!

Logo: MISTER STICKY, Master of Invisible Glue

End page 1

Page 2

Panel 1 – Past Lucy at Tanner, who stops at the door to the conference room and turns back to her. He’s holding out a stuffed-with-papers satchel.

TANNER: Look, my alpha-volunteer, I’ll circle back with you on the Green Roof Initiative, okay?

TANNER 2: Right now, my life is work, grad school, and a, uh, new side hustle I can’t talk about yet.  Like I said…

Panel 2 – Tanner shrugs, trying to be charming.

TANNER: “Over-committed!”

Panel 3 – She leans into him, a little too close for just work friends. She’s speaking softly to him.

LUCY 1: Oh, you have commitment issues, all right, Tanner.

LUCY 2: Let’s see, it’s Tuesday. What new thing will replace an old thing in your life today?

Panel 4 – They lean in to whisper, one of them eyeing CD Ron to see if he notices their moment of intimacy. He doesn’t.

TANNER: Hey! Chill! Who’s the one who said we should keep it platonic while we’re both working for Enzyme?

LUCY: I did. But you didn’t disagree.

TANNER: No, I didn’t disagree. We both know workplace romances are nothing but…

Panel 5 – Tanner’s watch goes off. He looks at it with alarm. Lucy is still made.

SFX:  Beep beep beep

TANNER (thought:) Trouble!

Panel 6 – Tanner is running down the corridor, waving goodbye. Lucy is looking out the door of the conference room at him, aggravated.

TANNER: I gotta go, Luce. Enjoy all your junk!

LUCY:  All my…

SFX:  JUNK?

End Page 2

Page 3

Panel 1  – A quiet alcove in the corridor. Tanner has pressed a button on his watch. A hologram of Gnatty pops up. (Gnatty, the drone/droid in the shape of an insect.)

TANNER: Yeah, Gnatty, what’s going on?

GNATTY (electronic): It’s Mister Sticky, Tanner. He’s being summoned.

TANNER: “Summoned?”

Panel 2  – Outside. Up angle of Gnatty in full flight.

GNATTY: Protocols require I contact you when your name is invoked publicly.

TANNER (from off, electronic): Yes, I know. Where are you right now?

Panel 3  – A down angle. Gnatty is over the high-tech Enzyme Chemical Campus. A big logo glows atop a rooftop plaza. On the rooftop are crowds of people. Looking up.

GNATTY: I’m overhead right now.

TANNER (from off, electronic): You’re over Enzyme?

GNATTY: Affirmative.

Panel 4  – Back inside. Tanner puts his fingers to his temples.

TANNER: We agreed you’d stay away from my work.

GNATTY (from off, electronic): As your personal drone/droid, I say:

GNATTY 2 (from off, electronic): “See previous protocol.”

Panel 5  – Back above Enzyme Chemical. We are in the middle of hazy clouds of sand. Through one break, we can see Gnatty, looking in.

GNATTY 1: Your alter-ego is being addressed in the skies above Enzyme, sir.

GNATTY 2: A question has formed…

GNATTY 3: In clouds of sand.

Panel 6 – Angle up at Talbert looking at his tablet in alarm. We only see the back of the tablet.

TANNER: A question?

GNATTY: (from off, electronic): In clouds of sand.

TANNER: Gnatty! What do the words say?

GNATTY 2 (from off, electronic): They say…

End Page 3

Page 4

Second full-page splash. Looking over Tanner’s shoulder at the screen on his tablet. On it is an image Gnatty has taken of the sky. Clouds of sand have formed the words:

MISTER STICKY,

WHERE ARE YOU?

[CREDITS]

End Page 4

Page 5

Panel 1 – Tanner looks around the corner, seeing a common area with lots of Enzyme employees conferring in small groups. Many are wearing lab coats.

GNATTY (electronic): May I suggest you rush to your secret lab, sir?

TANNER: Gnatty! You’re on speaker!

TANNER 2: I don’t see why some showy sky illusion…

Panel 2 – Tanner opens a door to an outdoor courtyard in the sky. It, too, is a common area, but for the moment deserted.

TANNER: …is a reason to switch to Sticky-mode.

TANNER 2: I don’t want to encourage these stunts.

TANNER 3: Whoever needs me can tag me on Twitter.

Panel 3 – GNATTY flying through one of the clouds of sand. It’s lost visibility.

GNATTY: This is different, sir. Sensors registering something mystical.

Panel 4 – Close-up on Tanner, looking up, scowling, not buying any of this.

TANNER: What? How do sensors register something…

Panel 5 – Exact same close-up angle, but now Tanner is shocked at something. There’s a kind of explosion off panel.

SFX: BOOOM!

Panel 6 – Longer shot on this outdoor plaza. A FURY – one of the Greek supernatural dieties of vengeance – has crashed up through the ground and is hovering in mid-air, calling out to nobody. Pieces of the floor are scattered where she came through.

WEIRD BALLOON from the Fury:  ENZYYYYYYYYYYME

End Page 5

Page 6

Panel 1 – Closer on this Fury, eyes glowing.

WEIRD FURY BALLOON:   IIIIIIII AM VEEEEEEENGEEEEEENCE

Panel 2 – The Fury shoots directly up into the sky. Where is she going?

WEIRD FURY BALOON:  AIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEE

Panel 3 – Tanner rushes back inside, talking to Gnatty. He’s changed his mind about urgency.

TANNER: Okay, I better get to the secret lab.

GNATTY: As advised.

Panel 4 – An interior elevator. Tanner is pressing the down button with his foot (for no reason other than he stretches to keep in shape.

TANNER (THOUGHT 1): That was some weird sh*t.

TANNER (THOUGHT 2): I remember when Mister Sticky dealt only with prowlers and crime lords.

TANNER (THOUGHT 3): Adversaries these days seem to come with their own CGI.

Panel 5 – Past Tanner as the elevator doors open. Oh, no! It’s his boss, Mateo Martinez. He has under both arms miscellaneous electronic equipment: CD players, monitor, shredder…

TANNER (THOUGHT):  I mean, what the hell was that…

SFX: DING!

MARTINEZ: Tanner!

TANNER: Mr. Martinzes!

TANNER (THOUGHT): Oh, no! The boss!

Panel 6 – Rushing out, Martinez tries to hand off one of his loads to Tanner.

MARTINEZ: Don’t just stand there, son. Help me with this electronics recycling!

TANNER (THOUGHT): Oh, no!

End Page 6

Page 7

Panel 1  – Tanner begs off, one hand making a stop sign, the other gesturing with thumb in the diarection of the plaza.

TANNER: I’d love to, Mr. Martinez, but I gotta inform Security…

TANNER 2: There was an explosion on the plaza!

MARTINEZ: An explosion? What kind of…

Panel 2 – Tanner and Martinez are lifting off the ground by a building-shaking explosion, this one louder than before.

SFX: BOOM!

Panel 3

The electronics come crashing to the floor.

SFX:  CRASH! KLANK! THUD!

TANNER:  That kind. Get to safety, Mr. Martinez. I’ll be back.

Panel 4 – Inside the elevator alone, Tanner pulls his shirt open like Superman to reveal his Sticky shirt underneath. A heroic moment.

TANNER (THOUGHT:) As Mister Sticky!

Panel 5 – Close-up on Tanner’s hand as he is about to press the emergency stop button.

TANNER (THOUGHT): Some superheroes take elevators to their secret labs.

TANNER (THOUGH): I’ve turned this elevator…

Panel 6 – Standing in the middle of the elevator is Tanner. He holds up a tiny remote, pressing it. At its command, square panels on the wall automatically fold down into tables, revealing two metal suitcases.

SFX: BE-BOOP (on the remote)  WRRR-KLAK  WRRR-KLAK (on the section of walls)

TANNER (THOUGHT): Into my own secret lab.

TANNER (THOUGHT 2): Convenient this way. It’s hiding in plain sight.

TANNER (THOUGHT 3): And accessible from any floor.

End page 7

Page 8

A “getting ready” montage.

Panel 1 – Close on Sticky’s gloved hand, fingers extended, his other hand adjusting the cartridges at his wrist.

STICKY (THOUGHT 1): Checklist:

STICKY (THOUGHT): Super-glue pressurized in cartridges, sent to finger-nozzles. Check.

Panel 2 – Close on Sticky’s waist as he puts on the cartridge belt.

STICKY (THOUGHT):: Extra cartridges with LEDs signaling capacity. Check.

Panel 3 – Sticky pulling the mask down his face.

STICKY (THOUGHT):: Ultra-thin polymer mask reacting to face muscles. Check.

Panel 4 – Close on Sticky’s eyes in a determined expression.

STICKY (THOUGHT): Contacts for telescopic and night viewing. Double-check.

Panel 5 – Wider shot of whole elevator. Sticky is turning the dial on his belt, and a trap door in the floor of the elevator springs open.

STICKY (THOUGHT): One jump out the double-secret trap door…

STICKY (THOUGHT 2): And…

Panel 6 – Inside the elevator shaft, looking up at the bottom of the elevator. Sticky has fallen through the trap door, arms crossed across his chest, as if to reduce drag. He’s in free fall!

STICKY (THOUGHT): Into the Sticky-Verse!

End page 8

Page 9

Panel 1 – As he falls straight down, Sticky turns both palms up and spreads fingers, all pointing straight up. He’s about to shoot using all 8 nozzles.

STICKY (THOUGHT): The lab resets into an elevator after 60 seconds. And my drop is slowed…

Panel 2 – Closer on his hands as the glue shoots out of those nozzles, 8 streams straight up.

STICKY (THOUGHT): …with Sticky Super-Glue!® (Registered trademark.)

Panel 3 – Looking up the elevator shaft at the bottom of the elevator as all 8 streams hit it, making tiny little puddles as they adhere.

SFX: BLOP BLOP BLOP BLOP BLOP BLOP BLOP BLOP

Panel 4 – Sticky’s fall is being slowed. He’s grabbed all 8 strands and turned them into essentially two bungie cords. His legs are up, ready to swing.

STICKY (THOUGHT): The effect is like bungie-jumping, I’d say… though I haven’t hurled myself off any bridges lately, so I wouldn’t know.

Panel 5 – Sticky’s fall is slowed enough that he can swing into a super-large vent in the side of the elevator shaft.

STICKY (THOUGHT): There’s my shaft. Glad they made ‘em Sticky-sized.

STICKY:  Cowa…

Panel 6 – From the side of the shaft in a cut-away view. Sticky has released the “bungie cords” and is flying horizontally, feet first, through the shaft.

STICKY: …bungie!

End Page 9

Page 10

Panel 1 – From outside the building looking at a section of the wall. Sticky is flying out feet first.

STICKY (THOUGHT): I gotta work on that pun.

Panel 2 – Sticky spins in mid-air, now shooting glue from just his index fingers, thumbs up, like guns.

STICKY:  P-TU! P-TU!

STICKY (THOUGHT): Hmm. Smells like sulfur out here again. That must be a sign of…

Panel 3 – Past Mister Sticky. The glue hits a flag pole. But from behind it, rising from below, is the howling fury again, screeching.

STICKY (THOUGHT, FROM OFF):  This weirdo.

FURY (screams again):  EEEEEEENZZZYYYYYYMMMMME

Panel 4 – Swinging now from the flagpole, aiming right for the Fury.

STICKY 1: We get it. You’re scary and seem to have a grudge.

STICKY 2: But are you solid?

Panel 5 – As Sticky collides with the Fury, she dissipates into steam.

STICKY: Not solid.

STICKY 2: So how…

Panel 6 – Sticky has completed the swing by landing on the side of the building, sticking to it.

STICKY: Did you write my name in sand in the sky?

VOICE (from off):  She didn’t, Mister Sticky…

End Page 10

Page 11

Full page. At far left, Mister Sticky is looking at something in awe. There, hovering in mid-air, surrounded by swirling mists of sand, is the mistress of magic known as… SAND WITCH. She is holding a large jar decorated in the style of ancient Greece, covered in renderings of furies. The jar has no lid.

SAND WITCH 1: I did.

SAND WITCH 2: I need you, Mister Sticky.

SAND WITCH 3: To help capture that Fury. Get her back in this jar. And glue it shut.

SAND WITCH 4: My name is Sand Witch.

SAND WITCH 5: We have no time to lose.

STICKY (THOUGHT):  [[Sigh.]] Is it still Tuesday?

End Page 11

Script to be continued! Check back soon and/or follow me!

Mister Sticky © 2021 Walt Jaschek and Walt Now Studios

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One-Shot Western, Caliber, 1991 Comic Book with The Savage Sisters

Walt Jaschek recalls his first published comic book story: “Last Dance Before Daylight,” starring The Savage Sisters, a pulpy tale of the demands of the Old West.


You never forget your first.

Your first published comic book story, that is.

Mine was a two-part Western tale starring those heroic, young “Savage Sisters” in One-Shot Western, a (you guessed it) “one-shot comic” published in 1991 by Caliber Press of Plymouth, Minnesota, one of the leading independent comic companies of the era. It sat amid other black-and-white indy publications on the shelves of comic book shops back in the day. Here are the first three pages, recently re-lettered by me to fix (ahem) a little bit of amateur verbosity. We open on… the moon. Or is it the moon?

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The story, “Last Dance Before Daylight,” puts into action characters created by Don Secrease specifically for this title. Don was the penciller and the creative director of this feature, and Mark Lamport the inker. Famous DC comics artist Rick Burchett contributed the cover and cover logo. Rick also has a feature in this issue: “Torn Path,” starring a John Wayne look-alike.

I recently found some slightly yellowed copies of the book, had Rick and Don autograph them, added mine, and now those autographed copies of One-Shot Western reside quietly on eBay waiting for a fan of Western comics or 90s comics or Rick to scoop one up.

Autographs on One-Shot Western, 1991

As I reread “Last Dance Before Daylight,” I expected to squirm at my writing, but the story isn’t terrible. The opening 9-panel sequence and splash page seem to really hold up, and Don did a great job creating what was described in crazy detail in the script: a vivid dream sequence of illusion and foreshadowing.

The story itself is, like the metaphor of “last dance,” a pulpy meditation on loss of innocence. The story’s young heroine must endure a kind of hardening that might be required of otherwise idealistic settlers in the 1870s frontier. There is also romance, gunplay and implied nudity, so we have those going for us. More pages to be scanned soon, so saddle up. And remember, if you want to see it as it appeared: eBay.

Bonus: Here are Don’s first sketches of the Savage Sisters, circa 1991.
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Savannah Savage by Don Secrease

Thanks for reading, partner.

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Recycled Man:™ The Character, the Comic

Recyled Man: What Goes Around is a new digital comic book on Kindle from Walt Now Studios. In the his introduction, writer Walt Jaschek explains the character’s “acceleration of Karma.”

Recycled Man™ was created by Walt Jaschek and Paul Daly. The star of dark drama first appeared as a preview in Slightly Bent Comics #2, published in 1998. His most recent appearance is in a full-color, one-shot comic for mature readers available now on Amazon Kindle.

When Endings Begin: An Introduction

By Walt Jaschek

What goes around, comes around.”

A somewhat world-weary, cigarette-smoking art director I worked with back in my ad agency days used to say that a lot. 

He was right a lot.

He wasn’t talking metaphysically. More transactionally. If the flu is going around, you’re going to get the flu. (That was before the the shot. I am pro-shot.) If a client pays late, the agency is going to pay late. If somebody buys lunch with a counterfeit dollar, you’re going to get it as change.

He also used lean back, blow a smoke ring, and say, “Life’s a bitch and then you die.” My younger self had to actively shrug that off. My carefully crafted optimism had to be shielded. 

But he was right about that, too, in his way. We’re here for a blink, the challenges never stop, and if you don’t hone optimism and resilience, life will seem, as per Thomas Hobbes, “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.”  

“Life’s a bitch and then you die” is snappier, I think.

All those quotes were on my mind when the notion of Recycled Man was born a few years ago, in a notebook, late at night.

My concept of Karma – as in, creating your ultimate fate through the arc of your daily behavior – was continuing to evolve. I kept seeing both good and bad behavior manifest fate indirectly, and over time. Thieves don’t necessarily get robbed in return, but check out prematurely. Robbed of time. The corrupt are called out, at least by history. The poor winner loses it all.

Eventually. But often the pace of Karmic repercussions can be glacial, as in glaciers, which we used to have.

My impulse for Recycled Man was that he could accelerate Karma. He could cut to the chase. See the nasty out the door.

This introductory story, in which he does just that, hints – not subtly – at a backstory I worked out in the very same notebook.

It is, I hope you’ll understand, a deliberate change-up for me: a toe-tip into (what I hope is) pulpy drama. That’s new for a writer whose work is typically more light-hearted. Or was.

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But as Don Secrease started adding seer-your-retina color to Paul Daly’s evocative art, I knew we had to get a print and digital edition out there – partially to gauge reaction, partially to give our new publishing company, Comicmood, a jump-start. (Will the story continue? Oh yes, if engagement and sales warrant. Let us know what you think in the comments below.)

Filling out the issue: a new story I guest-wrote for Terranauts: 2020, an incarnation of the long-running team created by Paul and Don, and on loan for this appearance. “The Call of Cold, Dark Places” matches the book’s tone, I thought. 

More characters are in development — get ready, here they come —and I think they all have a certain Karma of their own. The unworthy will vanish quietly. (Or maybe not-so quietly. I’m a comics fan, too. I know how we are.) The worthy?

They’ll come around.  •

Recycled Man: What Goes Around is available as a digital download on Amazon Kindle. Recycled Man is trademark and © 2021 Walt Now Studios.

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Why we created the Herobots™: It begins with a bored boy…

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By Walt Jaschek

When I approached ace St. Louis illustrators Don Secrease and Bill Lux for help in bringing to life The Herobots and launching the characters in a coloring and games book, I was thinking of a bored 6-year-old boy. And myself.

It started with a specific 6-year-old boy. A crabby, impatient, hungry one. I don’t know his name. But he was part of a big crowd enduring a long wait in the lobby of a pancake restaurant with his mother. He was squirming, and I could tell he was desperate for some stimulation, any stimulation. His mother didn’t engage him; didn’t hand him a pencil and paper; or even her phone. (I guess I should be happy about that part.)

I felt the restless boredom radiate out of this young man, and I immediately I wished I had on me a coloring book young kids might like, about, oh, say, superhero robot action figures. I wished I could also hand him some crayons and tell him to “have at.” (With Mom’s permission, of course.) I even had a name bouncing around my mind: the HEROBOTS.

A few months later, after great work by Don and Bill, working from a script by me, we sent to the printers Herobots Coloring and Games Book #1. Here’s the front cover…

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Here are a few pages from the story-to-color. The Herobots are actually action figures, you see, by day, living on the shelf of Sally’s Comics and Toys store. 

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The plot thickens.

And yes, there are also games!

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The 48-page softcover is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, but it’s the stack of hard copies I keep on me at busy pancake restaurants that I value most. Because these are the copies I can hand…

…to give random, bored 6-year olds. Bless them. Because I am one of them. Always. It’s why I create, I think. Or at least why I created this video preview of the first few pages of the book. Warning: the narration is by me. (Which you can turn off — just watch the captions!)

So, you ask, is the Herobots Coloring and Games book selling on Amazon and Barnes and Noble? We wouldn’t say it’s selling like, well, pancakes. But we don’t mind. It’s that moment of handing one to a bored kid — for free — that makes up for it.

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Dang Gnats! In “Comic-Con, Ahoy! Wait…”

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“Happy New Year”: A True Walt Story, In Progress.

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Squirrel Squad™ Cheers on the Cardinals

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