December 16, 2011 (Glendale, CA) – FLYING GLORY FLASHBACK: CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF THE LYRICS, WORDS, AND HISTORY BEHIND THE WEBCOMIC FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY, a book that features the complete words for all of the lyrics featured within the storyline along with the history of the webcomic’s evolution, is now available in multiple ebook formats along with a print edition in time for the holiday season.
For a decade, the webcomic FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY continues to feature the adventures of super powered teen Debra Clay, known as Flying Glory, and her backing band the Hounds of Glory. She’s mentored by her grandmother Elsie Stokes, who served as Flying Glory during World War II. The webcomic launched in the summer of 2001 with a four page short, soon followed by a twenty nine page first issue. Artwork is drawn by Kevin Paul Shaw Broden, who co-writes the adventures with Shannon Muir.
Currently, each issue is twenty-four pages in length and generally posted as one page weekly in black and white. As of June 2011, the tenth anniversary of the webcomic, the website features roughly 350 comic story pages. In addition, “Flying Glory and the Hounds of Glory” appeared in print for the first time this year as part of a charity cookbook by TGT Media (http://webcomiccookbook.org/order/) entitled “Webcomics: What’s Cooking?” that raises funds to feed the hungry, and for which the complete lyrics for “What’s Cooking Tonight?” used in that piece are part of FLYING GLORY FLASHBACK.
Now for the first time, every “song” from within the comic as well as special features such as the print appearance appears complete and with one text-only volume, accompanied with introductions to each section explaining the creative development behind the storylines from each period. In addition, readers get a rare opportunity to read material written by Shannon Muir before the inception of the concept as well as material from the not yet produced FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY Christmas story. The book includes a special introduction by artist, co-writer and FLYING GLORY creator Kevin Paul Shaw Broden.
Broden and Muir also have shared writing credits on several episodes of the Japanese animated series MIDNIGHT HORROR SCHOOL; he contributed illustrations to her textbooks GARDNER’S GUIDE TO WRITING AND PRODUCING ANIMATION and GARDNER’S GUIDE TO PITCHING AND SELLING ANIMATION. Muir’s worked in production on several animated television series for such major studios as Sony, Nickelodeon, and SD Entertainment. Muir’s other indie self-published novels include the paranormal focused HALF TRUTH AND FULL LYE originally completed as part of National Novel Writing Month 2011, along with her other women’s fiction/romance novels TOUCH THE STARS and THE HEART’S DUTY, and her short story/poetry anthologies SEARCH FOR A WOMAN and THE END OF INNOCENCE’S ROAD.
“I’ve always loved music, and even spent some time as radio DJ in college,” explains Muir. “But I’ve never been able to play a musical instrument. Getting to use my poetry experience as a writer to create the ‘songs’ that bring extra effect and poignancy to the stories we do in the FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY webcomic, is absolutely amazing. I always look forward to the visuals Kevin comes up with to go with my words, which are always written first based on the plot script, with an exception or two. Occasionally Kevin’s handed me a page, and I’ve said to him that I know song words that go there. I’ll tell him what they are and he’s agreed every time. It’s been an incredible ten years and I’m glad to share more insights of that journey with everyone. I hope there will be many more.”
FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY’s 36 page celebratory issue 14, “Reverberations,” began on June 26, 2011 and will be running weekly (breaking for holidays) until approximately June 2012 at http://www.flying-glory.com. FLYING GLORY FLASHBACK is currently available on Amazon for Kindle, the iBookstore, Smashwords for all other platforms including NOOK as of press time, and in print through Lulu and also for sale on Amazon. The ebook version retails for $3.99 and the print version for $9.99, with purchases helping to subsidize webhosting costs.
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