APL PRESENTS #1
SEPTEMBER 20-OCTOBER 25, 2007
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
Jennifer Babineau Sally Holt Charlotte
LOGO DESIGN BY: Kazmyn Chance Trouant
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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.
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.
Seifer's Dad created by Jacob (Cloud Strife) Bolduc
Evil Bob created by Derek Caron
Kiea, Eo, and
created by Jasmine Dyment
Tasamu Ujigaki and
Assassin (Kyoko Shiji) created by Scott Fickett
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
Bobert the Deranged Bunny created by the Whole
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.
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
row: Mike Jordan; and far right:
Due to schedule conflicts with his band, Jagger wasn't available for the later
sessions when all the pictures were taken.
NINE-HOUR COMIC BOOK
(or, Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Workshop But Were Afraid
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,
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,
Bolduc, Derek Caron,
Gabby Dunn, Jasmine Dyment,
Kelly Farrar, Scott Fickett,
Cameron Gelder, Brittany Hudson,
Kristina Pepin, Richard R.,
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
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,
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
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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