So, I really enjoy Geek and Sundry's The Pull, and I've wanted to do something similar for awhile, and thus The Skinny was born!
As you may know, I went the Toronto Comic Con back in March, where I met a lot of really cool people! Among these, I met some awesomely talented, indie comic artists. This is how I connected with Aaron Lenk, who is the homegrown, Canadian creator of “The Last Giant”, a fantasy, all ages comic.
“The Last Giant” is a simple, funny, yet captivating tale about two would-be heroes that are on a quest to defeat the last a ginormous being who happens to be the last of his kind. Aaron’s unique and interesting art helps pull me into the story and I was transported into the Last Giant’s world just like any other of the books I've enjoyed.
I highly recommend you check it out, as well as Aaron’s other books at:
As Cal accepts his role as Earth's Starkeeper, foes force him and his friends into a game, distancing Cal from his family but saving a life.
At its heart, Starkeeper is a story of self-discovery and exploring challenges like bullying, not fitting in, due to having an apparent difference; differences like sexuality, being of a certain religion, or having a disability. Some people face these challenges everyday, and this is why the message of the series is that things will change, though it might not happen when or how you'd expect.
This second and full colour installment of Starkeeper was released on January 2nd, 2016, and just like the first, a percentage of the profits will be donated to the It Gets Better Project.
Starkeeper is an ongoing, sci-fi comic series that has been in my head for a long time, and needed to be told. So, I started to write and illustrate this saga, because everyone has felt different and alone at some point in their life.
The first issue of Starkeeper (Longing)
Cal, a disabled teenager, wants his life to change. He is tired of the obstacles that he has to face, and all his bullies who consider him as their personal entertainment system
However, on his 17th birthday, Cal is given something that might just grant him what he wishes for, and more!
Longing is a black and white comic, released on July 1st, 2013, and a percentage of the profits will be donated to the It Gets Better Project.
Hey guys, I hope that y'all are well! I just want to thank everyone for contributing, sharing and/or donating to my Indiegogo campaign! Thus far we've raised $305, which is an awesome start, and I'm so grateful! There are now 16 days left to be part of my Starkeeper comic, but when I started writing this post there were 19 days, though I digress.. If you have any interest in having your name and/or likeness in an issue of Starkeeper, here's your chance. Just follow the link below.
Thanks again guys! See ya!
Hey guys, I debated whether to post this vid or not because I was a lot happier when I recorded it. I'm kinda...super bummed out at the moment, so posting something light and cheery feels like a lie right now, but hey, things gotta change someday, right? Yeah, I'll just keep on faking the smiles, and telling myself this elusive and whimsical fairytate called "Someday." Heh.
I'm thinking of splitting Starkeeper: Longing into two more parts, and keep later installments short (about 20-30 pages,) so they're easier for me to draw, and get them out to you guys faster. Thoughts?
Who am I? I am just a 24 year old guy who is trying to build a happy and meaningful life. I have Cerebral Palsy, and require assistance to complete all my tasks and activities of daily life. These tasks include eating, grooming, toileting, cooking, etc. I also need help out in the community to go on shopping, work-related, and leisurely excursions.
What am I trying to do? Well, to answer this, I shall start by sharing the following two videos.
I totally agree with Dayna! The media and entertainment industry plays a big role in our society, and maybe it’s time to use it to our advantage, no? This is part of why I wanted a protagonist who happens to have a disability. However, I would still like to get back into modeling and acting, as soon as I find the right people and assistance to help me.
Like the individuals in these videos, I am also trying to create change. A year ago, Starkeeper: Longing, my first graphic novel was published. Starkeeper is a science fiction story that follows Cal, a bullied, disabled teen whose life changes in ways that he never imagined, which led him to discover his powerful birthright. Since its publication, my novel has opened the door to a few opportunities where I got to share Cal’s journey as well as my own with other people with disabilities. Getting the chance to connect with people who have had similar experiences as me was awesome, and being able to let them know that they aren’t alone was even better! I would love to have many more opportunities like this, and incorporate them into a future career, alas I can’t achieve this without the necessary assistance, which I currently do not have.
Therefore, I am trying to find volunteers, a way to hire my own attendants, or some other avenue to get the help I need, so I can continue to build the happy life and career that I so desire.
I know I am a dreamer, but I don't think that my goals and aspirations are impossible, I just have to find a way to achieve them.
P.S. I have looked into the Direct Funding route, as you guys know, and I don’t think seven hours (which is the maximum allotment) would be enough for me, because there have been times when I was out all day.