An author is created
By Cheryl Parker

When Austin Allen Hamblin looks back at his childhood, he still finds it ironic that he can call himself an author.

He was never that much interested in school, and he especially disliked reading. When his Uncle Dean gave him a gift card for a book store one Christmas, he discovered that unique genre of comic books. It didn’t take long for him to get hooked on the plots and the artistry, and his life has not been the same since. Today, he enjoys reading, and has several favorite biographies/autobiographies in his home library, as well as comics.

He published his first comic book while he was a senior at Don Bosco High School; it sold out (to mostly classmates) in two days! He recounted how he created and laid out each panel, and then explained what he wanted to the folks at Print Express in Independence who were able to turn it into a comic book. He has always been the source of the plot and writing, but with his second book, The Trial Run, he outsourced the artwork.

He currently has 27 published credits for writing comics. He is best known for The Adventures of Punk and Rock and The Headless Hitman. He has also interned for Devil's Due/First Comics.

His location in downtown Jesup is perfect to pursue this work, as he is in the center of several convention sites: Des Moines, Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City, etc. He goes to 8-10 comic conventions a year, where he is able to meet with like-minded people who share this passion. While many fans are drawn to the more famous sites – the DC or Marvel series, for example, he prefers the lesser known alternatives. Because this population is so small, he has had excellent experience in networking with the more experienced writers.

Viz Media is a company which has historically translated Japanese comics to English. (Japan is the source of most comic books worldwide.) This company is currently exploring the possibility of publishing new material, and is looking for English-language authors. Hamblin submitted a portfolio of his original work which passed the first test, and he was invited for a personal interview with Viz Media at the Rosemont Convention Center in Illinois in May.

Citizen Herald readers have been given the unique opportunity to take a peek at his latest work: Eat the Devil, illustrated by fellow Iowan Trey Baldwin.
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