A Smashingly Good Review!

The Yakima Herald has a wonderful review of both SMASH books. Some highlights:

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Brothers Chris and Kyle Bolton, author and illustrator, respectively, of the “Smash” series of graphic novels, have created a wonderfully funny and action-packed new addition to the realm of middle-grade comics.

I absolutely love the wonderful combination of story and art in the “Smash” books....I particularly enjoy Kyle’s artwork; it combines the goofiness of cult classics like the Tick with the youthful vigor of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes. Every panel is filled with the energy of a 10-year-old boy, with characters ready to bounce right off the page.

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The text is challenging enough to engage a competent middle-grade reader but still accessible, hitting the perfect balance of being appealing and chortle-inducing while not raising too many parental eyebrows. And the warmth of the story, with its focus on familial relationships and the struggles that all kids face, gives it a universal appeal.

It’s a good time to be a young reader, with so many franchises aimed at the under-18 crowd. The “Smash” series is an exciting, compelling addition to the once-overlooked field of comics for kids, sure to appeal to everyone from fans of Iron Man to Wimpy Kid devotees.

Click here to read the full review! And if you're in the neighborhood, we'll be reading at the celebrated Inklings Bookshop in Yakima, Washington, on Saturday, July7th, at 2pm. Drop in and say hello!

Meet the Bad Guys: BRUTE!

We don't want to make judgements about the gaggle of bad guys you'll find in SMASH 2: FEARLESS (need we mention—on sale now!). We think they're all pretty nasty and great in their own way. But frankly, in terms of sheer size and strength, there's no comparison—BRUTE is the biggest and baddest!

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First glimpsed in the background of Book One: TRIAL BY FIRE, Brute is the enormous assistant of the villainous scientist, DR. COBB, who specializes in crafting super-suits for crooks who want to move up in the criminal food chain. (He also, on occasion, builds giant machines that can absorb the powers of a superhero like Smash.)

Silent but deadly, Brute is fiercely loyal. When Dr. Cobb gives him an assignment, he moves mountains—or buildings, or streets, or entire cities—until the task is complete. Even with all his super-strength, Smash will definitely have his hands full with this one!

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To see how this epic battles winds up, grab a copy of SMASH 2: FEARLESS—on sale everywhere!

Order your copy here:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound
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Happy Publication Day, SMASH 2!!

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Today's the day when SMASH 2: FEARLESS comes crashing into the world—along with the paperback edition of our first book, SMASH: TRIAL BY FIRE!

We're so excited to share the second long-awaited adventure with the world and we hope you all enjoy it.

If you've read FEARLESS, drop us a line and let us know what you think or leave a review on GoodReads. We love to hear from readers!

You can buy FEARLESS online here:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound
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PREVIEW 10 PAGES of FEARLESS!

Hard to believe we're only ONE WEEK AWAY from the publication of SMASH 2: FEARLESS! As we count down the days, here's a 10-page sneak preview from the book.

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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Only one way to find out—SMASH 2: FEARLESS goes on sale everywhere May 8th!

Preorder your copy here:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound
Powells.com