A week ago today, I spoke at Open Space (in Cambridge this time,) and it was quite possibly slightly more awesome than the one in Kitchener. I got to see a few friends who I haven't seen in years, which was really cool! I also got to meet lots of neat individuals. They shared their stories with me, and this, I think, is one of my favourite parts of doing my speeches.

The speech itself went well, I thought. I was a little spazy, which became rather annoying, but hey, that's what I do! My spasms didn't seem to interfere too much though, or at least, people didn't seem to be bothered by them. I took this as a good sign, and I thought that the fact that only one person asked me to repeat myself, was good too. However, my mum said that it wasn't easy to understand me that night, which was honestly a little disheartening.

I asked my mum why only one person stopped me when they couldn't understand me, like I mentioned. "They were afraid to, Andre," she replied. Then I wondered what I should do, so she suggested that I start utilizing synthesized speech via my computer when I share my story at events.

I always shied away from using a synthetic voice because I thought it would mean a failure to communicate on my part. Also, I feared that it would make me seem too different, and scare people away. However, I would definitely use it if it will help me get my point across.

Thoughts? What do y'all think?

P.S. A few weeks ago, I submitted Starkeeper to Book Viral, but nothing came of it. Though, know what? I'm doing okay on my own. 🙂

This is my speech that I did for my second speaking engagement

My books are for sale (beside greats like Startrek and Spawn) at Carry-On Comics, which is a comic store in Waterloo, because of my perseverance and my belief that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to.

The independence and responsibility of self-publishing has led me to have the drive and motivation to promote my books, how and where I want. Also, I am going to go to events such as Toronto Comic Con and be an exhibitor in Kitchener Comic Con that I absolutely cannot wait for!!!!

As if that wasn’t awesome enough, I've also been given the opportunity to write a prequel to my series, to be included in an anthology, by a local comic book publisher, called Runciman Press, which I'm extremely grateful for and excited about!So, the thing that I want to leave with you today is this; always, always, believe in yourself.

This is so important, because it doesn’t matter who you are, or how many no’s you get, if you believe in yourself, then you can do anything you want, and if you want to reach for the stars, then by all means, reach for the stars!

Thank you! Have a great night.


Hi all, so I had an awesome Wednesday evening! I felt a bit like Cinderfella, but not in a rags-to-riches way, rather someone with worth. Now, hold on, this is not going to be a depressing post  - no, far from it! I just meant that Wednesday's crowd saw passed my disability, which doesn't happen very often. For many of the people I meet, my Cerebral Palsy acts like a barrier that deters them from wanting to get to know me.

After my speech, people started asking me questions, and sharing their stories, and I was like, "YES! This is happening! I'm finally getting to show people that we can do anything, and say, yeah, life can suck sometimes, however, you're not alone. IT CAN get better." Needless to say, but I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience!

The following is a clip from this awesome experience! I wasn't able to record the whole thing, but I'm hoping to have someone try to get all of Monday's speech. Now, because the video ends mid sentence, I shall finish it after said video.

"Just keep putting yourself out there, and don't give up because you will find people who have similar interests as you, and who will accept you for you."

My first ever public speaking gig!

The following is a clip from my very first speaking engagement! I wasn't able to record the whole thing, but I'm hoping to have someone try to get all of Monday's speech. Now, because the video ends mid sentence, I shall finish it after said video.

"Just keep putting yourself out there, and don't give up because you will find people who have similar interests as you, and who will accept you for you."

Hey all, I’m Andre, if you haven’t guessed that already. Before I start, if at any time you don’t understand what I’m saying, please stop me, and I will either repeat myself or say it in another way, okay? Thanks!

So, Starkeeper is about a teenage guy named Cal, who has a disability. He goes to high school, and his schoolmates aren’t very nice to him. Cal faces many challenges, and he wants things to get better, and eventually they do. He is led to discover that he has special abilities as well as an important and grand destiny.

Before Starkeeper was published, a lot of people who I talked to, in the publishing world, said they liked my story, but not my art. Now, I draw a certain way because of my disability, and yes, I have a disability, it’s a little known fact. 

However, every person that I spoke to about publishing my book said the same thing, “sorry, your art is too different for us. It is not the traditional comic book art.” This hurt, to be perfectly honest,  and I felt like they wanted me to change something that I could not change.

Have you ever felt like that? I was so sad and mad, but I was bound and determined, I wasn’t going to give up. And now, here I am, with the second installment of my Starkeeper series, (this time self-published) on January second of this year.

My books are for sale (beside greats like Startrek and Spawn) at Carry-On Comics, which is a comic store in Waterloo, because of my perseverance and my belief that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to.

The independence and responsibility of self-publishing has led me to have the drive and motivation to promote my books, how and where I want. Also, I am going to go to events such as Toronto Comic Con and be an exhibitor in Kitchener Comic Con that I absolutely cannot wait for!!!!

As if that wasn’t awesome enough, I've also been given the opportunity to write a prequel to my series, to be included in an anthology, by a local comic book publisher, called Runciman Press, which I'm extremely grateful for and excited about!So, the thing that I want to leave with you today is this; always, always, believe in yourself.

This is so important, because it doesn’t matter who you are, or how many no’s you get, if you believe in yourself, then you can do anything you want, and if you want to reach for the stars, then by all means, reach for the stars! 

Thank you! Have a great night.

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