Throwback Thursday: Happy Halloween!

To celebrate our longtime love for our favorite holiday, we decided to set the prologue of Book One: Trial by Fire on Halloween night!

In this excerpt, Andrew (dressed in a homemade Defender costume he would later wear as Smash) discovers it isn’t easy being a hero.

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We hope you all have a much more successful night of trick-or-treating than Smash!

Order SMASH Book One: Trial by Fire online:
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound

A Smashingly Good Review!

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


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.


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!

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:
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound

Meet the Bad Guys: Bullet!

With SMASH 2: FEARLESS so close to publication, we want you to meet some of the brand-new bad guys who will make life difficult for our fifth-grade superhero. You already met Derby. Now here's BULLET!

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Zeke Huston is a small-time crook who's tired of living from one botched robbery to the next.

So, he hires the nefarious scientist Dr. Cobb to build him a super-suit so Zeke can make the leap into the big-time supervillain category.

The problem is, Zeke doesn't exactly have the money to pay for his new suit, so he plans on stealing it.

But he didn't plan on having to get past Dr. Cobb's very large assistant, Brute! (More on him next time.)

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With his incredible speed and nearly indestructible helmet, Bullet is ready to give Smash—and anyone else who gets in his way—the fight of his life!

How does it end up? Find out in SMASH 2: FEARLESS—on sale everywhere May 8th, 2018!

Preorder your copy here:
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound

Meet the Bad Guys: Derby!

Before SMASH 2: FEARLESS comes out, we'd like to introduce you to some of the brand-new villains who make life difficult for our kid hero. First up: DERBY!

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Mary-Ellen Wishaw is a former superstar of roller derby who was caught cheating and kicked out of her league.

Hoping to use her skating skills for personal gain, she hired the villainous scientist Dr. Cobb to construct a pair of mechanical legs that would give her super strength and speed.

Now she's embarking on a life of crime, confident that no one can catch her!

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As you can see, she's ready to give Smash a run for her money!

How does it end up? Find out in SMASH 2: FEARLESS—on sale everywhere May 8th, 2018!