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APL PRESENTS #1 WORKSHOP
SEPTEMBER 20-OCTOBER 25, 2007

THE STAFF
THE PLOT:

Jacob Bolduc, Derek Caron, Jasmine Dyment, Kelly Farrar, Scott Fickett, Cameron Gelder, Brittany Hudson, Kristina Pepin, Richard, R., Jagger Trouant, and Kazmyn ChanceTrouant.

SCRIPT AND ILLUSTRATION:
Pgs. 2-3:  Jacob Bolduc    Pgs. 4-5:  Derek Caron    Pgs. 6-7:  Jasmine Dyment
Pgs. 8-9:  Scott Fickett    Pgs. 10-11:  Cameron Gelder    Pgs. 12-13:  Mike Jordan
Pgs. 14-16:  Kazmyn Chance Trouant    Pgs. 17-19:  Mike Jordan

EDITOR AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR:
Mike Jordan

CREATIVE COACHES:
Jennifer Babineau    Sally Holt    Charlotte Howard

COVER LOGO DESIGN BY:  Kazmyn Chance Trouant

   

Front cover

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Back cover

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APL PRESENTS, No. 1, Jan. 2008.  Published twice a year, Winter and Summer, by APL Press, a division of the Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring Street, Auburn, ME. 04210-5981.  President:  Rosemary Waltos, Publisher:  Sally Holt.  single issue cost is $3.00.  Subscriptions are not yet available.  Copyright 2008 by APL Press and the Auburn Public Library.  No part of this publication or any character likeness herein may be reproduced in any way without express permission of APL Press or the individual artists.  Any similarities between any of the characters in this fictional work and anyone alive or dead is purely coincidental and certainly not intentional.  Printed in the U. S.

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     APL PRESENTS is a forum created by Mike Jordan and Sally Holt to give the talented young people who attend the various workshops sponsored by the Auburn Public Library a place to express themselves through the media of writing and illustration.  As such, the creative staff of this book will rarely remain the same and most of the characters and story lines herein will not be ongoing.

     TOONWORLD is a concept created by Mike Jordan as an imaginary place where all the illustrated characters, from animated features to comic books to daily strips, live after their workday is over and is a place where they can all freely interact on a level playing field.  It is used here, by APL Press, with express permission of Big Red A Press.

THE PLAYERS

Seifer, Rukia, and Seifer's Dad created by Jacob (Cloud Strife) Bolduc
Evil Bob created by Derek Caron
Kiea, Eo, and Aquia created by Jasmine Dyment
Tasamu Ujigaki and Assassin (Kyoko Shiji) created by Scott Fickett
Bob and Sea Plant created by Cameron Gelder
Dead Betsy and the Brotherhood of Evil Stuffies created by Mike Jordan
Phablo the Eskimo created by Jagger Trouant
Ten-Ku, Wizard Guardian Zeekeel, and Dr. Spud created by Kazmyn Chance Trouant
Bobert the Deranged Bunny created by the Whole Blamed Staff

     Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, Chikage and Sasuke (created by Gabby Dunn), Anna, Kia, and Tia (created by Kelly Farrar), Brittany, Haru, and Andrea (created by Brittany Hudson), Taiki and Koga (created by Kristina Pepin), and Tommy Sticmann and Acorn (created by Richard R.) will not be appearing in this month's edition.

FOR WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ

What you hold in your hands is no ordinary, run of the mill, comic book.  It is not common or plain or everyday by any means or definition.  At first glance, the untrained eye might dismiss it as a normal workaday comic magazine.  And they couldn't be further from the truth.
Here's why.
So, what makes this book so different from all the rest?  It has a good, although slightly askew, story and exciting, fresh characters that are fun to read about.  Nothing too novel there.  The bulk of the work was produced during a short, six part workshop, and it's being published by APL Press (a very new division of  the Auburn Public Library) as a sort of groundbreaking experiment.  Not what one would consider old school thought, but still not exactly unique.  No, there's only one major reason that sets this title apart from all of the mainline standards.  This book, the very first issue of APL Presents, was almost entirely written and illustrated by young people between the ages of eleven and fourteen years old.
Please enjoy the show, but remember, for safety, to keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times.

THE STAFF OF APL PRESENTS
  
Here they are, the artists and writers of the hour, from left to right, in front Jasmine Dyment and Richard R.; second row Gabby Dunn, Kristina Pepin, Kelly Farrar, Cameron Gelder, Derek Caron, and Brittany Hudson; third row Scott Fickett, Jacob (Cloud Strife) Bolduc, and Kazmyn Chance Trouant; back rowMike Jordan; and far right Jagger Trouant.  Due to schedule conflicts with his band, Jagger wasn't available for the later sessions when all the pictures were taken.

THE NINE-HOUR COMIC BOOK
FAQ
(or, Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Workshop But Were Afraid to Ask)

What is the Nine-Hour Comic Book?
The Nine-Hour Comic Book was a six part series of workshops hosted by the Auburn Public Library and presented by local artist, Mike Jordan, designed to teach kids the skill for writing and illustrating a comic book by allowing them free rein to make their won.  The final result is this book, the first issue of APL Presents.
Who was responsible for this?
Other than Mike Jordan as the guiding hand and Editor, Sally Holt, the Teen Librarian at Auburn Public Library, made the arrangements and provided more award winning snacks, Lucille Merin, the Administrator of Afterschool Programs for the Auburn Middle School, provided the victims-er-students, Jen Babineau, another local artists, and Charlotte Howard, an assistant teacher, lent their helping hands, and let us not forget the most important members of the staff, Jacob Bolduc, Derek Caron, Gabby Dunn, Jasmine Dyment, Kelly Farrar, Scott Fickett, Cameron Gelder, Brittany Hudson, Kristina Pepin, Richard R., Jagger Trouant, and Kazmyn Trouant.
When and where did this all take place?
The workshop was held every Thursday afternoon between 3 and 4:30 PM from the 20th of September to the 25th of October down in the ground floor Conference Room (fondly referred to as the Dungeon) at the Auburn Public Library.
Why is it called the Nine-Hour Comic Book?
Once a year, a contest is held called the 24 Hour Comic Book where groups of veteran writers and illustrators compete to completely produce a comic book, from soup to nuts, in less than a full day.  This workshop, which had the same aim, took place in six, 90 minute installments, so with a little bit of math and a minor play on words, well, you get the idea.
Just who the heck is Mike Jordan?
Mr. Jordan is, as was said earlier, a local artist who owns and operates his own comic business, Big Red A Press and self publishes his book, The Parverian Tales in weekly installments on his website:  www.bigredapress.com.  For the past three years, he has been presenting art workshops to young people in libraries across the state.  This program was the seventh such with the Auburn Public Library.
What exactly is APL Press?
APL Press is a new division of the Auburn Public Library which will hopefully continue to bring exclusive quality publishing to the area and around the world.  It's first dip in the publishing pond had been a sort of experiment just to see how the title of publisher fits.  Its president is Rosemary Waltos and is published by Sally Holt.

The arrow above indicates where the poor souls that participated in the Nine-Hour Comic Book workshop were forced to slave and toil once a week for over a month.  A place known only as "The Dungeon!"

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