Topic: Other Non Comics Works
Tina and I met Derek McCulloch and Jimmie Robinson at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con International this Summer...
Although I had been a Facebook Friend of Derek's for a while before that! I had mentioned him in a blog post or two about his exhibiting at the SDCC, and made sure I visited his table at the Con. We happened to see him and Jimmie on Preview Night when we were looking for 1st Night items only.
For those of you that were there at the 2009 SDCC or even ones before that, you'll know that it is very hard to see everyone that you plan to see! Well, unfortunately when I was at the table later to take a photo for this Blog, Jimmie had stepped away. However, Derek was kind enough to pose with the T. Runt book, Plus another book that he had collaborated on with a different artist, Shepherd Hendrix, on 'Stagger Lee'.
First, let me post what the T. Runt story is about. Here is the description of the story and the details necessary for purchasing the book:Vegrandis was the runt of the litter and was always picked on by the larger tyrannosaurs...but everything changes once Vegrandis discovers he isn't the smallest animal - let alone dinosaur - in the world!
An all-ages Silverline Books hardcover with a gentle message...and DINOSAURS!
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Okay, now that the business part of this feature post is out of the way, what did I think of this children's book? And what is a children's book doing in this this Comic Book Collectors Blog?
Well, second question answered first! You see, there are a lot of cross-overs going on in the publishing and pop culture industries. There are screenwriters looking to write comics, because producers are looking for comic book wirters to write screenplays because comics are 'hot'. Novelists are writing comics, and comic writers are writing novels. There are other cross-overs going on as well, but I think you get the point.
However, I was kind of surprised at first thumbing through 'Stagger Lee' at the table at the SDCC, because I had already read a preview copy of T. Runt. You see, Derek McCulloch wrote the award-winning study of Stagger Lee which includes the topics of racism and music, so this children's book is on the other extreme in writing style as well as topic.
Yet, taken on its own stand alone merits, I really enjoyed this T. Runt book. Enough to suggest to those of You that have nephews or nieces or small kids to consider purchasing this book for an early Christmas / Holiday present! Seriously, this story and artwork is that good! Plus how could you go wrong on DINOSAURS?! Especially with the way that Jimmie Robinson draws them! Great artwork here!
The book has a simple moral that is expressed through a solid and well-crafted storyline. My thanks to Derek for bringing this children's book to my attention before the SDCC. I was finally able to fit this book into my Blog's schedule today, and just in time for early buying for gift-giving season! Which You can find at any of the standard book outlets or online right now. I know, I checked!
Also, after You become a fan of T. Runt, don't forget to check out T. Runt's Facebook Fan page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/T-Runt/105303034694!BTW.... Talking about gift-giving season coming up... Tina and I don't publish comics or books (yet?) or set up at comic cons anymore, (except at our own Facebook Virtual Comic Con Dealer Table), we do have thousands of indies and mainstream comics in our own online store. Be sure to check out our new listings of comics, graphic novels, Comic Con exclusives and more pop culture items for sale in our online eBay Featured Store that our blogs are based on! It's due to sales at this online store that keep us going with the ability to post blogs like the one you have read here today!
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~ Michael @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com