This is a big day for us. One we've been working toward for years. Today's the day our little superhero becomes a real book — Smash: Trial by Fire goes on sale today! Smash Is Published

It's been an amazing ride from a simple idea to a finished book we can hold in our hands and pass along to others. Kyle and I are both overwhelmed today by all of the love and support we've received, and the incredible wave of enthusiasm from friends, family, and readers alike.

If I have one regret, it's that we packed the book pretty full. A little too full, maybe — there was no room for an Acknowledgements page where we could thank all of the many people who have helped make this possible. I'd like to give a special shout-out to our agent, Bernadette Baker-Baughman, for seeing through the rough edges of our scrappy little webcomic to the potential underneath — and for being so supportive and understanding with us.

Thanks also to our fantastic editor at Candlewick Press, Mary Lee Donovan, who was endlessly patient with a couple of newbies and provided a ceaseless parade of excellent suggestions and feedback throughout the long but wonderful revision process. Working alongside Mary Lee was Nathan Pyritz, our designer, who made the book so beautiful — and made that whole process seem easy, even though we know for a fact that it wasn't! Erika Denn has been extremely helpful with publicity, in particular doing a terrific job of organizing our blog tour and upcoming events.

Our colorists, Christina Mackin and Sarah Barrie Fenton, worked very hard to make these colors pop on every page. It sure wasn't easy, but hopefully the end result was worth every drop of sweat. (We certainly think so!)

Last but not least, huge thanks to YOU. Yeah, YOU! Without your enthusiasm for SMASH, we would literally be nowhere. Every single one of you — whether you have supported us over the years or just bought the book and found your way to the website two seconds ago — has earned our eternal gratitude. Big hugs to you all!

If you're wondering where to find a copy of Smash, we have some links on the margin to the right. Check out Indiebound for the nearest independent bookseller near you. Even if they don't have it in stock, they can order a copy faster than Smash can fly one into their hands!

Now, as I dry my eyes, I just want to take a brief moment to mention that the 2013 SMASH Blog Tour continues today! The WhoRUBlog has a lovely review of the book and a Q&A with Kyle and me.

And, if you missed it yesterday, the Powell's Books Blog has an essay I wrote about the creation of Smash, titled "A Smash Is Born." This one has particular sentimental value for me, as I worked at Powell's for several years and it was a nice homecoming to return as an author.

And again, thank you all for being here on this monumental day for Kyle and me. We've got a lot more to come — and we hope you'll be beside us the whole way!

SMASH: A Junior Library Guild Selection!

We're deeply thrilled and honored to announce that Smash: Trial by Fire has been selected by the Junior Library Guild for its Fall 2013 picks! What is the Junior Library Guild, you ask? From their own website:

We read thousands of books every year and select only the best.

The JLG editorial team reviews more than 3,000 new titles each year, in manuscript or prepublication stage. We've developed a keen sense for finding the best of the best. Nearly 95 percent of our selections go on to receive awards and/or favorable reviews.

So, as you can imagine, this is quite an honor! And we truly couldn't be more pleased. Read more about the JLG here.

SMASH Gets a Book Deal!

In her enthusiastic review for the School Library Journal blog, Elizabeth Bird wrote, "If [Smash] follows the lead of such other successful webcomics as Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Jellaby in print form, I will be well pleased." And now, we're doing just that.

We're thrilled to announce that we've signed a deal to have Season One of Smash published by Candlewick Press, the home of such acclaimed children's books as the Judy Moody, Girl Detective series and the novels of Kate DiCamillo (The Tale of Despereaux)!

We want to give our HUGE thanks to Mary Lee Donovan, our editor at Candlewick, who loved and believed in Smash at first glance, and our amazing agent, Bernadette Baker-Baughman of the Baker's Mark Literary Agency, for her tireless support in making our dream a reality.

Kyle and I also owe a gigantic debt to the other half of Team Smash: Sarah Fenton for her fantastic colors, and Jamie Bolton for all of her hard work behind the scenes.

We don't have a publication date yet, but you can bet we'll let you know as soon as we do. And for the time being, you can still read Season One online for free!

Here are some pictures of the signing:

Chris signs Chris signs the contract in Portland.

Kyle signs Kyle signs in Seattle.

Chris grins Chris is kind of glowing here.

Kyle smiles Kyle's turn to smile!