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What Happens at Comic Con …

… get’s broadcast all over the world, so behave yourself!
Crank the kid-bot introduces bio-kids to the "Hub's Adventures" books.

Crank the kid-bot introduces bio-kids to the “Hub’s Adventures” books.

Business has definitely taken me away from blogging the last few weeks. Some of you may not know that my “day job” is as a sales representative for an educational book distributor. It’s a great job, visiting school librarians and teachers every day! The school year has already started in our region and I have been on the streets – and the road – and away from my leisure time writing.

Last weekend, though, I broke away to Chicago for the Wizard World Comic Con. We had a great weekend, introducing our sixth-grader robot, Crank, to hundreds of kids and selling and signing over 175 books.

A comic con is a great, friendly atmosphere with dozens of artists and retailers (I think I counted 10 full-scale comic book stores set up in the exhibit hall) and thousands of participants rolling through – some costumed, some sightseeing, some looking for that special comic/sci-fi/horror-related item. I had an artist’s table with all my youth books – including the newly released “Hub’s Adventures” books, hot off the press for the event.

The green robot you see in the photo above was built by a sculptor friend based on my illustrator’s depiction of my sixth-grader robot character in “Hub’s Adventures.” He was a big hit with the kids, introducing them to stories of the future where humans and robots will be best friends.

A spider-man stopped by to get some "Hub's Adventures" books!

A spider-man stopped by to get some “Hub’s Adventures” books!

I also found a very robust market for my books – the perfect market for a guy with my temperament. I love meeting people, especially kids interested in reading. Many parents bought books for their kids – and some kids spent their show budgets on my books! I’m very grateful for all the attention and for the purchases, which make more books and more show appearances possible.

The Delphi Trilogy books sold very well, too, introducing teen readers to the first two books in advance of Book III’s release October 1.

Next, I plan to be at the Wizard World in Nashville (a little closer to home) September 26-28. I look forward to meeting more readers there and at other comic cons.

 

Now, here’s the cheese on this Brain Burger.

3 great things about being at comic con:

  1. People assume my unfashionable clothes are some kind of costume.
  2. I can yell, “Look! It’s Spiderman!” and no one calls the cops on me.
  3. All day long I get to pretend I’m living in an A-ha music video with other cartoon characters.

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The Beginning of the End of Adulthood

Is there really a “manhood deficit” in today’s YA literature?

This kid’s still smiling. Apparently he doesn’t know that life is all bad news after 17.

Given my focus on boys’ reading I couldn’t pass by “YA Fiction and the End of Boys”  by Sarah Meslein in the Los Angeles Review of Books. It’s a hot hot hot! topic that won’t go away anytime soon.

She suggests that there’s a “manhood deficit” (my phrase, not hers) in YA literature that abandons teen boys to an identity crisis that didn’t exist for the young males of nineteenth-century literature. Back then they had a strong sense of what it meant to become a man.

She’s right-on about teen boys’ confusion over adulthood. But I don’t think the issue is gender-specific, somehow leaving boys more confused about manhood than girls are about womanhood. I see it more as an ongoing generation gap that teens have been inheriting since the late 1960’s. And it plugs into a theme I’ve noticed in YA literature – when it comes to identity, it’s simply a terrible time to be a teen.

1969. It starts.

Adults – the supposed role models – have nurtured a world of unrest and insecurity for the last two generations, all the while chanting the deceptively self-serving slogan, “For the children.” Think maybe there’s a reason today’s teens aren’t striving to identify with adult roles?

There is definitely an adulthood gap showing up in today’s booming YA literature category. Teens are by nature at least a little rebellious – or completely rebellious in certain ways – needing to separate their identities from adults in order to explore who they are and who they are becoming. That’s one part of the issue – it’s an overall teen endeavor, one of the many luxuries of our modern times.

But it seems there are many societal issues, too, pushing teens farther away from adult roles and identities, causing an overall “adulthood aversion.” In a time when gender is more equally valued than any other we know of, teens need look no further than their 200 cable TV channels to see how equally idiotic adults can be.

If there’s any pop-culture evidence outside of YA literature for strong examples of “manhood” and “womanhood” I’d like to see it – and I think teens would too. They’ve been missing far too long.

How could such a vision of one’s future NOT show up in YA literature?

Now, here’s the cheese on this Brain Burger.

3 other reasons teens aren’t exited about their upcoming roles as adults:

  1. Divided government makes it impossible to legislate fun.
  2. Tension caused by constant state of war causes Irritable Bowel Disorder, destroys claim, “I’ll never be like my parents.”
  3. Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry!
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