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I recieved a few copies of Earthling! in Czech. They are beautiful books. They did an excellent job on the production. Love the built in bookmark and spot varnish cover. And there’s plenty of accent marks everywhere.

And I promise to stop writing about Earthling!. I’ll go back to complaining about the weather or picture books that aren’t good any day now.

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I’m happy to announce that Earthling! has been named the winner in the graphic novel category of the Spirit of Oregon Book Award for 2012. This award is given by the Oregon Council of Teachers of English.

I’m honored that this book was recognized from the reams of other great books that fit the descriptors associated with apprpriate  material for this recognition.

Read more about Earthling! by clicking here or read the first chapter online by clicking here.

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No. I don’t see this blog as being mainly about self promotion, yet here I am self promoting. But, if I don’t who will!?

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The Horn Book recently recommended Earthling! in an article on graphic novels for kids. Here’s what they had to say:

Gr. 4-6 In this sic-fi graphic novel, Bud gets on the wrong bus and ends up at Cosmos Academy, an intergalactic school whose students fear Earthlings. With the help of new friends Gort, Bud devises a plan to return home before the aliens figure out who he is. Action and humor (especially in the characters facial expressions) are successfully captured in bright cartoon panels.

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The Czech version of Earthling! is out, or almost out. Or will soon be out. Below is the cover and a page from the book – POZEMSTAN!

My grandfather was born in Prague, so maybe this translation is part of the circle of life. But not the part where lions eat gophers.

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A nice review of Earthling! at the Book Wisdom website and on TV in Colorado as April’s Book of the Month.

You can read more about Earthling (including the entire first chapter online) at the Earthling! website.

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Above is a page from my graphic novel for young readers called Earthling!. One of the issues that haunted me while creating Earthling! was my hope to end the adventure story without a hand-to-hand fight to the death between two main characters.

It is so easy to have your main characters fight to solve the big issue at hand in your story. But with plenty of Hollywood movies providing endless blood-soaked-battles, why do it in a young readers graphic novel?

I ended up with a chase. Laser blasts. Some threats. But for months my ending also had a big direct confrontation between Bud and Principal Lepton. Fisticuffs ensued. But I always thought it was the wrong way to go.

Ultimately I found a way for the tension to be released in an exciting fashion sans punches. It felt resolved and complete. The characters actions were true to who they were and I did it without a big fight. There is, of course, a confrontation, actually several confrontations. And the characters are allowed to see things from new perspectives. But I hope I accomplished that with as few punches as I could.

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Earthling!, my graphic novel, has been pulled off the shelf as one of the best comics for kids of 2012 at Big Planet Comics. All I can say is that Big Planet Comics is well known as a great store and the other books mentioned are super-awesom. That’s the technical term. So Tim and I are super-honored!

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Earthling called out as a good read by Geekdad over on Wired. Nice way to end 2012 or start 2013…Whichever you prefer.

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Morning. A crowded city bus.

Albert
I sure wish I knew what to buy that special 8 year-old in my life for the Holidays.

Fay
I hear ya! I don’t know what to buy my nephew who is 9.

Fish Monger
Me neither. What can I possibly buy for my 10 year old niece this Christmas?

Bob
I couldn’t help overhearing your conversation. I have a 7 year old and an 11 year old to buy for and I have to get them 8 gifts for Hanukkah!

Albert
I’d like to buy them somethings more than a video game or just another toy.

Fay
Me to. Like a book.

Bus Driver
You could buy them a copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

All
They already have it.

Bus Driver
Oh.

Suddenly the bus begins to rock back-and-forth. People fall asunder. A glowing figure steps aboard. It’s hard to clearly see this mysterious figure amongst the bright lights and fog though they are wearing a gold lamé jumpsuit and stand at least 8 feet tall.

Mysterious Figure
You should buy them a copy of the graphic novel – Earthling!.

Fish Monger
You means that graphic novel about a school bus from outer space?

Mysterious Figure
Exactly.

Bob
But that’s all science-fictiony and stuff. I don’t know if kids like that.

Mysterious Figure
You mean the way kids don’t like Star Wars and Transformers and such? Not to say Earthling! is exactly like Star Wars or Transformers but they share a genre…

Fay
I am researching it using my iPhone and gosh, the reviews sound great! Except for this one, man they really had it out for the guy. Anyway, that’s a great idea! I’ll order one right now from my iPhone!

Albert
It’s the perfect gift!

Fish Monger
Well that and a few pounds of fish!

All laugh. Fish monger has a coughing fit.

Bus Driver
(To mysterious stranger) Thanks for the book buying advice but you got a ticket?

Mysterious Stranger
I don’t know. Do you?

Curtain closes.

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Hurry, hurry, hurry, step right up! Get in line now for the digital deal of the winter solstice!

Amazon dot com has picked the ebook version of Earthling! to sell via their Kindle store for $1.99!

This is deal of a lifetime. Or should I say a ‘deal of a space-time’? What’s a Kindle? Why the Kindle is one of them tablet devices on which you can read books and look at the moving pictures and play games every waking hour!

Now Earthling!, being a snazzy 256 page graphic novel in full color, well, it will look best and work best on the Kindle Fire or Kindle HD. You know, something with color.

From now until December 22nd, I think, you can get the full graphic novel on the Kindle for a great price. I don’t know how many Kindle’s are out there, I don’t think Amazon tells us that. But If you have one, or know someone who does, why not pick up Earthling!? And I think…I’m not 100% sure, but I think you can buy it via the Kindle App on a Mac, transfer it to the Kindle reader on thei Pad and read it on an iPad as well.

So, Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah and Happy New Year! Get Earthling! for $1.99 on the Kindle. Or is that ‘for’ the Kindle?

The New York Times said of Earthling!, ” “Earthling!” is the debut graphic novel by Mark Fearing, an illustrator and animator, and it’s an exhilarating hoot.” and “What’s pleasing about “Earthling!,” and will be especially so to tween readers, is how adrenalized and fast paced it is: loads of Whoosh!, Scree! and Thunk! action in the service of suspenseful, inventive plotting.”

So get your digital copy now!

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