Guest Post from AshleyRose Sullivan, author of Awesome Jones: A Superhero Fairy Tale
Awesome Jones is a blend of comic and novel. It’s the story of two regular people trying to navigate live, work, and dinner in the midst of a superhero world–until everything begins to unravel. Featuring art–photos, postcards, newspaper clippings–snippets from the characters’ life together. The formatting mimics the look of comic books with blocky, un-indented paragraphs and un-tagged, indented dialogue. My aim is that whether you’re a long-time comics fan or you’ve never paged through a single issue, you’ll be able to jump into the story and read about Awesome Jones, Lona Chang and Arc City without hesitation.
A lot of people ask me how I came up with the idea for Awesome Jones. The truth is, it was an accident. I had an idea about a completely average guy named Awesome Jones. I thought about him often enough that I eventually sat down and began writing. It started with a short story in a notebook. As Awesome’s story grew, I realized I was writing a novel. Now, several years later, it’s a published book and anyone in the world can take up residence in Arc City along with Awesome and Lona.
The only thing Awesome Jones wants is to be a superhero. Until he falls in love.
Despite his colorful name, Awesome Jones is a painfully average man who dreams of being a superhero, just like the ones who patrol his city. It’s been that way since he was a little boy, raised by his grandfather after his parents’ death.
The day Jones starts his new job as a file clerk at Akai Printing Company he meets secretary Lona Chang and everything changes. Lona sees something in Jones that no one ever has and the two quickly become inseparable. But when the perfect pair’s domestic bliss is threatened by a super-powered secret from the past, Awesome Jones has to make a choice. He must decide whether he should play it safe or find the strength to live up to his name and risk everything he’s come to love to save the day like he always dreamed.
This superhero novel is more than just a comic book in prose—it’s a fairytale for adults.
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