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On our way to the End

By : Ryan Read
Hello Everyone,
I hope everyone is doing great, I know I'm doing well. Why you might ask? Well, in the next week and a half, the book is finished. Yep, Natisha is working hard to finish the last 6 pages to the book and my mother is busy getting the wording and margins aligned for the pages and I'm waiting for final word on coloring for the chapter inserts. There is a delay on the inserts due to Juan and Jamal's busy schedule. After all the San Diego Comic Con is this week. The biggest comic convention of the year. I was communicating with Juan just this morning and he'll have an update on the inks by the start of next week. However, we do have a game plan on everything so we can finish up the book by the end of August.
1. Once the final pages are finished, I will be sending surveys to the backers who wanted commissioned work from Natisha. She will get those done within two days or so depending on how much detail is needed. School will be starting soon and Natisha wants to get them all finished and not rush anything.
2. Once we have all pages set and aligned we will send off for the author print and I will be sending out the PDF of the final edit to all backers who selected the reward. 
3. Once I have approved the final print, I will be ordering everyone's copies of My Life as a Comic Book Reader. These will be signed and personalized and then I will send the ones who need Natisha's signatures to her and she will then be sent back to me.
4. Once all books are finalized with signatures I will be sending them out to all backers along with their extra rewards such as posters, tshirts, ect.
5. I have already started recording the audiobook, I will be completing my part next Monday since mine is the longest recording. Recordings will be then compiled into a completed CD and MP3 and then sent out to backers. 
6. Digital trading cards will be completed by the end of August and will be sent to backers as soon as they are complete.
7. The final goal is to have all rewards out to all backers by the beginning of September. Thank you for your patience and continuing support.
  I will also be doing a book signing in the fall, I will be announcing the time and place at a later date. We're almost there and hopefully we will not be experiencing any more delays at this point (crosses fingers). Thank you everyone once again and look for more news as soon as the book is completed. 

Past the Halfway Mark News and Updates

By : Ryan Read
 Greetings Everyone,

 I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend. If you have been following my main blog, Twitter and Facebook feeds I said that several updates and announcements were coming. So, I'm here to talk about them.
1. The book has officially entered into Chapter 5 which is a large mark for the book. Natisha rearranged her summer schedule so we could get the book finished in the next couple of weeks and she has delivered with Chapter 4 now complete and Chapter 5 already two pages in. The plan is to have Chapter 5 complete this weekend and then Chapter 6 by next weekend before wrapping it all up with Chapter 7. We have had so many set backs trying to get to this point it feels very refreshing to see the book coming together as such a great pace now. Once the pages are complete I will be sending out surveys for the backers who will be getting original commissions from Natisha. After that it is just finishing up the chapter inserts which is just colorization and inks and of course lettering for the book. 
2. I will be heading out of town this coming weekend and I will be having minor surgery next week end so I will not be online much for updates. Nothing really serious, just getting out with the family for a mini vacation and then having an out patient surgery which will take about a week for a full recovery. I will be getting the audiobook recordings done the last week of July. I'm going to be finalizing recording schedules with the cast and making sure everything is set to go. The editing will take about a week and I want to have a few test audiences before the final version is sent out to backers. 
3. If anyone was following the last week, Reading Rainbow had their own Kickstarter which I was a backer for and I will be submitting My Life as a Comic Book Reader for their library once the book has been completed. I was a follower and a fan of Reading Rainbow for many years and this is very exciting to be submitting my book to them later this year. I will keep everyone updated on the progress. 
4. I am also happy to announce that I will be writing a second book that will be targeted for next year. It will be a children's book that is adapted from a story I wrote not long after I finished the original outline for My Life as a Comic Book Reader. Its an original story that talks about hope, life and seeing better days ahead when you feel hope is lost. Its just so amazing that two great stories are coming to life that were born out of a very difficult time during my life and seeing them come to life by my artists just brings a smile to my face and will hopefully bring one to yours in the next couple of months. 
5. I will leave everyone with one of Natisha's pages that show a much more happier Blaine and also a sign of what to look forward too and if you notice the girl in the picture, you might have noticed her in an earlier page.

Simplier Times

By : Ryan Read
  I woke up this morning to Natisha sending me a new page that reminded me why I'm so happy that I wrote this story. We all had times like this when things seemed more simple. 

Questions and Answers

By : Ryan Read

Greetings everyone, I received a few emails from backers and others that are purchasing the book about the characters and structure of the story. So, I took a few minutes to answers these questions.

1. Is Blaine's father ever talked about or shown in the story?
A. He is referred to in passing in both Chapters 1 and 4 of the book but there is never any panel time devoted to him. The set up of the story was that Blaine's parents' divorce is just one aspect of his life. While it has a small impact on Blaine growing up and later being a father himself, it never directly affects him. Blaine goes to a school where sadly many kids are from divorced families so he never feels like an outsider. Blaine's father has his own life and is not directly tied to Blaine's, sadly.
2. Where is Blaine's Grandmother?
A. Blaine's grandmother, Mary passedaway before the story begins in the book but you will learn about her when Blaine reflects on his life later in the book.
3. Why the delays with the book?
A. Like all books or projects, unforeseen problems happen in our lives. Natisha had graduation from school and other projects that ended up lining up while she was working on the book. We also had an account hack when she was about to go full steam to finishing the book in less than a month, which set the book back almost a month. There were also some health problems in my family that delayed things. We are trying to make up for lost time.
4. How much of My Life as a Comic Book Reader really happened?
A. 3/4th of the book really occurred, there is only about less than a quarter of the story that was made up to complete the book. The book is pretty much an autobiography on my life. 
5. What's the release date on the audio book?
A. Right now we are on schedule with the audio book, we are looking to finish up all recording and editing for backers by the end of July. 
6. How did the comic book characters come about in My Life as a Comic Book Reader?
A. They are combinations of comic book characters both the writer and artist grew up with or original characters we have had in the back of our minds since day 1. One of our stretch goals originally was making an origin story for all of them but we never made the stretch goal.
7. When is the book looking to be finished?
A. We are hoping and praying for August and to get it out to everyone immediately. Thank you for your patience. 

Audio Voice Cast so far

By : Ryan Read
Hello everyone,
  Today I'm revealing most of the voice cast for the audio book. I'm still in the middle of casting Blaine's grandfather but here is who will be adding their voice talents to the audiobook:
Ryan Read: Narrator/Adult Blaine 
Brandy Ballantine: Blaine's Mom
Tyler Read: Blaine age 3 
Nick Helland: Middle School Blaine 
Adam Muller:  High School Blaine 
Chrissy Stechsulte: Girl 1 
Melena Stechsulte: Counselorr
 Trevor Dreyer: Bully
 Zach Mershon: Kid 1
Courtney Mershon: Kid 2
Ian Smith: Kid 3
Emma Smith: Kid 4
  More of the voice cast will be revealed in the next couple of weeks as we near recording.

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