So, my nephew, EVAN, who just turned 7 this past September, started writing ADVENTURE TIME! FAN FICTION when he was only SIX YEARS OLD, culminating in his very first 50-page GRAPHIC NOVEL/COMIC BOOK simply called "ADVENTURE TIME!" Check out the "About the Author" page-slash-table of contents...hilarious! (The "Mario" mentioned in the "about me" is the one from the SUPER MARIO BROS. video game franchise.
The drawings are rudimentary of course, but still awesome in that innocent "children's art" kinda way (the little guy was ONLY SIX when he made this - cut him some slack). Still, it's amazing to think that the he took the time to make up a story, and then actually illustrate it and put it in a notebook. Think back to when you were six years old - what did you do? I know I probably didn't do jack squat, much less write and illustrate a whole story based on my favorite cartoon (which, at that time was probably Heckle & Jeckle or Tom & Jerry...now I'm just showing my age)
I like the way he spells words by "sounding them out" and the way he frames the characters' names in boxes. My sister also pointed out that he also has a CAMERA EYE, often showing zoom-ins and zoom-outs and close-ups in his drawings...
Check out the ARM sticking out of the grave!
He's already working on his second Adventure Time! book called EPIC MICKY AND ADVENTURE TIME! (sic). I made the mistake of asking Evan if it was some sort of "cross over" fan fiction with Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters co-mingling with Adventure Time characters, but he was adamant: "No, it's NOT Mickey Mouse...it's EPIC MICKY!"
Needless to say, I'm a proud Uncle and maybe I'm projecting or getting ahead of things but...I sure hope that his inherent talent takes him to an awesome arts school like CALARTS or OTIS...I certainly think his portfolio is off to a great start! And did I mention that he's also on course towards earning his BLACK BELT in karate, probably by the time he's twelve? He's only seven and already he's making me feel like an underachiever!