Smash, Book One: Trial by Fire, is on sale now from Candlewick Press!

Junior Library Guild selection
2014 Children’s Choices Book Award winner
2013 Oregon Spirit Book Award winner
2014 Black-Eyed Susan Award nominee
2014 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens nominee

Smash_standLike many 10-year-old boys, Andrew Ryan is short, lacking in athletic and social skills, and daydreams about being a superhero. Unlike other boys, however, Andrew’s dream actually comes true when he gains super powers and becomes the costumed crimefighter known as Smash!

He’s about to discover how difficult it really is to finish your homework, keep your room clean, and sneak out after curfew while fighting crime…

Co-created by Chris A. Bolton (writer) and Kyle Bolton (artist), Smash is an all-ages comic that aims to put the fun back in superheroes!

Click here to open a printable, downloadable PDF of our guide “How to Make Comics — the Smash Way!



Chris A. Bolton (left) and Kyle Bolton (right); photo by Jamie Bolton


Chris A. Bolton has written short fiction, stage plays, sketch comedy, and screenplays. He wrote and directed a web-series called Wage Slaves and had his first professional short story published in Portland Noir (Akashic Press, 2009). He recently finished his first novel and lives in Portland, Oregon.


Kyle Bolton has been drawing since the age of four, although Smash is his first professional comic work. A graduate of the Art Institute of Seattle, he has worked for a variety of game companies creating 2D and 3D animations. Kyle is a true Seattleite, whose daily activity includes a trip to the dog park powered by coffee and imagination. Kyle currently draws and lives in West Seattle with his wife, Jamie, and dogs, Bebe and Zeus. For more of his work, visit

The Bolton brothers are represented by Bernadette Baker-Baughman of Victoria Sanders & Associates. Their mother is extremely proud that they’ve learned to get along and create a comic series together.

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