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BEAR FROM A.U.N.T.: The Honey Don’t Case is available for preorder.

-Place your order by Sept 7 to get your copy before mid-October.

-Normal ordering available in October from the DFP webstore.

-A PDF preview is available HERE.

Yesterday I ordered the physical proof for my second book, THE BEAR FROM A.U.N.T.: The Honey Don’t Case.

Second book.

Suffice it to say, I never expected to write one.

And yet…here we are.

Bear From AUNT Book 1

CFK Book #2

THE BEAR FROM A.U.N.T.: The Honey Don’t Case is as much a love letter to my wife as MOO THOUSAND AND PUN was a love letter to my daughter. BEAR is an adventure story for young readers ages 7 and up. It is a 204-page prose book in the “graphic journal” genre (ala “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”) with almost 140 supporting illustrations, many in my usual “Crass Fed” style.

BEAR features Stanley, an agent of A.U.N.T., reminiscing about one of his early cases, the “Honey Don’t” case. On this case, Stanley and his new partner Marco try to solve the mysterious disappearance of so many of the world’s bees. (Being a bear, Stanley has a vested interest in honey, so as a result he and Marco are well motivated.) In the book, readers are introduced to many of Stanley’s friends within A.U.N.T., and maybe even learn a little about what it takes to make honey.

If there is a good reception for this book, there will be more BEAR FROM A.U.N.T. books…in fact the second one is already starting to form.

But, before I can write the second one, I want folks to check out this story…and tell me what they think.

I am now taking preorders for BEAR FROM A.U.N.T. at the Deans Family Productions homepage’s store.

Copies are $20, which includes postage. (Send a message via social media or the DFP contact page when you order and I will personalize the book, draw a quick sketch, whatever you might like.)

Barring printer issues, preorders placed by September 7th will be available for pickup at our table (AA280) at the Baltimore Comic Con, September 25-27th or delivery by mail shortly thereafter. I Apologize for the tight schedule, but the delivery date on printer orders placed by midnight the 7th is between the 22d and 24th, so I cannot guarantee pickup or delivery for Baltimore on orders placed after the 7th.

Books will ship in the days following Baltimore, and beginning in October, BEAR will be available to order normally from the DFP shop.

If you want to read a couple of pages before buying, click here to download the preview PDF, which is the first six pages of the book.

If you have any questions, find me on Twitter or email me via the DFP contact page.

Thanks to everyone for their support and patience.

Cheers!

JRD

 

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Thanks!

JRD

Most people make the mistake that comics are a genre. They are a medium, a way to convey a story or message, just like any newspaper, book, or film. For the most part, people seem to think that the only stories comics tell are tales of super-powered beings in tights and a cape. Most people don’t realize that the best-selling works of artists like Kate Beaton or Raina Telgemeier are just as fine an example of comics as any Batman adventure.

Every so often, a work comes along that breaks the barriers of the industry proper and captures the attention of “the outside world” beyond the four-color pages. A work that reminds us that the potential of comics is greater than just a simple escape from the real world. A work that reminds us that comics can be therapy and catharsis. A work that reminds us that when one person shares a personal tragedy, we all become stronger.

SOMETHING TERRIBLE is just such a work. Dean Trippe (Project: Rooftop, Butterfly) has presented a pair of moments in his life that for years defined his life. Events that were kept in check for fear of reawakening the demons in such a way as to cause Dean to become that which he had survived.

Trippe’s story of survival – first from the abandonment of his father, and then from childhood abuse – is one of courage. He shares these moments of cruelty and abuse, and the subsequent fear he fought for years, opening himself up for all to see. His use of the medium makes the story all the more powerful with a revelation he finds in Trippe’s favorite comic book character, Batman.

Much like any other comic book hero, Batman’s behavior changes with each creative team that tackles the character, but at his core, Batman is a symbol of strength and rebirth for any child who has endured a great trauma. This watershed moment in Trippe’s life took on a greater significance when, years ago, he took pencil to paper to tell his story. One of the final images in the story is not just a moment of enlightenment for a young Dean, but a message to anyone, young or old, who has been a victim of violence or exploitation.

Trippe is a very talented artist, with an economy of line and a style that lends his work to a broad audience of all ages. However, if you will forgive the aphorism, this comic isn’t for kids, which is oddly unfortunate.

I spent a great deal of my life working in the criminal justice system, and a work like this would have been invaluable, for people on both sides of the scales. One of the key ways in which we cope with tragedy is learning that we are not alone…that we will be safe. SOMETHING TERRIBLE is the kind of work that should be shared with everyone. Even younger readers, once it is felt that they can fully comprehend the subject matter. The more people exposed to this story, the more people can be helped by it.

This is not an easy story to read, but that pales in the difficulty and courage overcome to share it. Even if you have not experienced such violence in your life, it is important to read this book to be able to help those who have.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have known Trippe for some time, and I consider myself lucky to call him friend. He is a bright, affable fellow whose love of comics is endearing and infectious. Reading SOMETHING TERRIBLE was an eye-opening glimpse into a dark moment in his life that he was in no way obligated to share with anyone.

But the fact that he did share it, in such a wonderful and accessible way, is remarkable, courageous, and encouraging.

More people than we know or want have experienced something terrible, and Trippe reminds us all that no matter what has happened there is a place of safety and hope out there for all of us. Even unexpectedly, in the seemingly innocuous pages of a comic book.

Thank you, Dean.

A sample of SOMETHING TERRIBLE can be read here (http://www.tencentticker.com/somethingterrible/).

Please consider purchasing a digital copy, or pre-order the physical version here (http://deantrippe.bigcartel.com/product/pre-order-something-terrible-hardcover).