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The World’s Crummiest Umbrella

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Good evening folks!

I couldn’t be more pleased to announce the official release of my first picture book, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella! This is a story I have wanted to share for some time and I am finally able to thanks to the fantastic folks over at Wandering in the Words Press. My editor, who also happens to own Wandering in the Words, Jennifer Chesak has been nothing short of amazing while working with me on this book and I can’t thank her enough for helping me to fulfill one of my dreams.

The book proof live and in person!
The book proof live and in person!

Here is an excerpt from the press release on the publisher’s site:

Wandering in the Words Press is thrilled to announce the release of The World’s Crummiest Umbrella by illustrator and author, Alex Schumacher. This delightful work of children’s fiction will please kids, and adults who are still kids at heart. It’s now available on Amazon.

You can read the rest of the release here. When you’re done perusing the wondrous site full of literary goodness, hop on over to Amazon where you can get your very own copy (or two, or three) of The World’s Crummiest Umbrella. If you’re curious as to what the book is about, here is the blurb from the back cover:

Once there was a boy who received the world’s crummiest umbrella. It was a gift from his mother, and he couldn’t believe she would do this to him. The umbrella was huge, multicolored and had a heart on a spring that popped out of the top. Ugh! The boy knows he’ll be the laughing stock of the entire school.But the boy soon learns that some gifts, even crummy ones, are not what they seem to be.

So, now that I’ve jawed your ear off about it, go buy the book for the child in your life and/or read the story for yourself. Once you do, help me spread the word by sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other social networking/media site that you can possibly think of. Be sure to leave a (hopefully favorable) review on the Amazon page as well. All of the above would be appreciated more than you know.

Thank you all and enjoy The World’s Crummiest Umbrella!

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Summer madness!

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Well summer is here folks. It’s amazing how quickly 2014 is already rolling by. Blink and it it will be Thanksgiving. By the time you recover it’ll be Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Whatever-the-hell-you-clebrate! So much has happened already and I look forward to all that is yet to come.

Speaking of which, I finally have some updates on current projects starting with my very first picture book, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella. The book will soon be available on Amazon brought to you by the great people at Wandering in the Words press. I am incredibly excited about being able to share this story with you all as it’s one I’ve wanted to tell for some time. To give you a taste of the story, this is the blurb written by my editor for the back cover:

Once there was a boy who received the world’s crummiest umbrella.
It was a gift from his mother, and he couldn’t believe she would do this to him. The umbrella was huge, multicolored and had a heart on a spring that popped out of the top. Ugh!  The boy knows he’ll be the laughing stock of the entire school.
But the boy soon learns that some gifts, even crummy ones, are not what they seem to be.

Intrigued yet? No? How about if I share the never-before-seen cover?

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Release info will be available very shortly. When it’s out be sure to buy one (or five) to share with your entire family!

Next, I’m honored to be able to help a very worthwhile cause. CAPS (Comic Art Professional Society) is hosting an ongoing auction of original art to raise funds for medical care for Sharon Sakai, the wife of respected cartoonist and longtime CAPS member Stan Sakai, creator of the samurai rabbit USAGI YOJIMBO. Every Thursday they post a new set of pieces on ebay with contributions from many well known artists such as Adam Hughes, Alex Maleev, Arthur Adams, Batton Lash, Eric Powell, Jan Duursema, Jerry Ordway, Jordi Bernet, Matt Groening, Michael Allred, Mike Mignola, Bill Morrison, Tom Richmond, Michael Jantze, and the list goes on and on. For more information visit http://www.capscentral.org/. Here is my contribution which will be available to bid on soon.

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Last but not least for this update, there may or may not be some snazzy strides being taken in the animation/animated series community.  I’ll refrain from saying too much as I would hate to jinx any progress, but rest assured there is a LOT of work being done and quite a bit of excitement in the air. Since you all have been so supportive I’m going to break a cardinal rule of mine and share a sneak peek of a top secret character design. Ready?

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That attitude! That mulish sneer! What more can you want? Stay tuned and the rest may be revealed sooner than you think. Thanks for visiting as always and keep chasing your dreams! You never know when they might let you catch them.