Saturday, November 9, 2019

Grahpic Novels Are the Latest Thing


This Saturday morning is spectacular. There is a cool crispness in the air, I'm sitting in front of my small electrical fireplace which is generating heat, a fresh cup of coffee, and two of my grandchildren are here visiting for the weekend. Of course, they woke me up at sunrise ready for breakfast, but those smiling faces greeted me and I was happy to make it for them. After that, they wanted to watch cartoons.

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Interesting enough, I don't know when the last time that I watched or had cartoons playing on the television. I think I might have been a child. I remember getting up very early on Saturday mornings and tuning into the Jetsons, Flintstones, and Tom and Jerry. Mym my have times have changed. There are tons and tons to entertain.

Another favorite activity was when I read my comic books. I am a small collector of sorts and have many Archie comic books and some of the first original Star Trek comic books. Nowadays, new graphic artists have emerged and when you find young talent, you wan to let people know and that is who I am introducing to you today. Meco Brown is a graphic novelist with a new paperback called COPIOUS: VOL 1. If you like graphic novels, I think you will like this one and I hope you enjoy learning about the creator and author.

ABOUT THE GRAPHIC NOVEL

Years after bonding with the DNA of several powerful animals, Franklin Forbes takes on a secret persona after a chemical explosion not only destroyed his city, but also mutated nearly every man, woman and child into bloodthirsty, night dwelling killers, and he plans on ending their rain of terror.With man and animal connected, it means but one thing: Either join him or bow down; but do not stand in his way or risk the chaotic wrath of COPIOUS.



Meco Brown

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Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I was born in September to Michael and Vanessa Brown. My father is a United States Air Force, and Army medic turned music producer, and my mother is a screenwriter who has also successfully written a book for children.

Fueled by the artistic endeavors of my parents, I attended Tulane University where I majored in Journalism, Creative Writing, and Psychology. I combined my passion for writing and fascination with superheroes to pen my first handful of novels and currently finished my very first comic book.

What inspired you to author this book?

After watching a poorly ended movie during my childhood, I was motivated to write something better than what I saw. This drove me to create a handful of fan-fiction type stories about my favorite television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Charmed.



Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

I was actually listening to the song, We Need A Resolution, by the artist Aaliyah while scrolling through Google images. Halfway through the song, the idea popped out at me. I ended up getting with my illustrator, Vab, and after sending him a few motivational pictures we came up with something spectacular.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

Besides the amazing talent my father has as a music producer and the creative mind of my mother... I would honestly have to give it to Joss Whedon and what he did on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That show was literally a huge inspiration growing up.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

To be honest the real struggle was finding an illustrator. I've been writing from age nine, so creating my comic book Copious wasn't difficult at all. It was finding the right person to help bring my words to life. I think Vab is doing just that, so I am happy.


Tell your readers about your book.

Years after bonding with the DNA of several powerful animals, Franklin Forbes takes on a secret persona after a chemical explosion not only destroyed his city, but also mutated nearly every man, woman, and child into bloodthirsty, night dwelling killers, and he plans on ending their rain of terror. With man and animal connected, it means but one thing -- either join him or bow down; but do not stand in his way or risk the chaotic wrath of COPIOUS.


Who is your target audience, and why?

My targeted audience is most definitely between the ages of 14 - 40. I remember when I was a young kid, my older brother had entire stacks of comic books that I probably shouldn't have seen until I was a teenager, but little rebellious me wanted to just read that 'big kid' stuff. A lot of comics can be a bit gruesome, and in some panels, mine doesn't hold back. So I do feel 14 and up would be good.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

The greatest success in life.... definitely being able to wake up every day and write. Being able to sit in my office with a good hot cup of coffee and just create new and fresh worlds is everything to me. I thank God, my parents, partner and close friends because honestly without any of them and their support... I wouldn't be here right now.


What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I've honestly never really thought about that before. I'm 31 years old, and I've experienced a lot of beautiful things in this life of mine, but at the same time, I've been extremely blessed to have also battled my share of difficulties. I've learned that tackling all the hardships in life has made me a much stronger person. The strength I've built, the determination and wisdom.. but also the amount of patience I've learned I actually had.. it all made me who I am and I truly believe it speaks through my novels as well as my comic book.

At the end of the day, I'm a writer. I guess I just play on my strengths when I create stories. I have coffee (or wine), I play Aaliyah, I walk in circles lol... I just use my natural God-given abilities. A lot of people who read my previous novels say that I have a unique talent for taking what's old and twisting it into something interesting and new. They like it, I love it, and I won't stop for anything.


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