Watch for our all-ages graphic novel Smash, Book One: Trial by Fire, coming fall 2013 from Candlewick Press!
Like 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!
Chris A. Bolton (left) and Kyle Bolton (right); photo by Ocean Yamaha
CHRIS A. 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 A. BOLTON
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 kylebolton.com.
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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Additional Smash Team:
Colorist (Season 2)
When not strolling along the Oregon Coast, hunting for sand dollars to squish with her feet, Christina is the Animation Coordinator for Laika, which made the Oscar-nominated films Coraline and ParaNorman. For more of Christina’s artwork, check out her Tumblr site and DeviantART page.
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Colorist (Season 1)
SARAH B. FENTON
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sarah Barrie Fenton earned her BA in Game Art and Design from the Art Institute of Phoenix, and is currently working on an MFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University. Visit Sarah online at her website.
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Project Manager/Managing Producer
JAMIE S. BOLTON
Jamie is a designer by trade but a natural project executor. She was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, and earned a Marketing Management degree from the De La Salle University Manila. Not content, she pursued her â€œartistic sideâ€ and studied Multimedia from the Art Institute of Seattle. For the past decade, she’s had a successful career as a UI designer, Design Lead at Microsoft, and ad agency Cole & Weber. She has been part of notable online projects such as MSN games, DLP, 3LCD & Capella University, to name a few. Today, you will find Jamie playing beach volleyball, tinkering around in her garden, and of course, online, in the continuous tasks of making sure the website works properly.