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Christopher Lee Swartzlander

1) On what project are you currently working?

Well, Iím currently touring my first novel, "Tripping Over Reality: The Death and Origin of a Hero," at cons and book shops from Johnson City, Tenn. all the way up to Baltimore. Iím really pleased and very humbled by the fan response to the book. At first glance it is a tongue-in-cheek fun ride through the multiverse featuring a crazy cast of characters. At its center, itís a story about faith, redemption, reincarnation, and an after death second chance. It really seems to be resonating with the people who read it and not just comic book and sci-fi fans (Okay, mostly comic book and sci-fi fans). Folks can check out a free preview of the e-book version on Amazon, but it is also available in paperback on both Amazon and at trippingoverreality.com and at Comic Logic Books and Artwork in Va. and Mountain Empire Comics in Tenn. Now thatís what I call a plug! 

2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?

Wow, there are so many greats; Starlin, Claremont, Johns, Perez, Wolfman. Iíd be hard pressed to pick one, but if I had to pick one that I knew personally it would have to be Jason Metcalf. He did my cover art, and, as luck would have it, was at the booth next to me when I launched "TOR:TDAOOAH" at Baltimore Comic Con. He is a great guy with a heart of gold, one of the hardest working dudes in the biz and one hell of an artist!

3) How did you get into the comic book field?

While my book does have superheroes, I am not in the comic book field. However, I do hope to one day see the Tripping Over Reality franchise come to four-color life one day. Now, as to why I wrote a comic book based novel? Iíve always threatened the world with a book, and Iíve been a comic fan for over 40 years, so I set out to write my version of an epic silver-age story. Iíve gotta say that Iím pretty proud of the results. 

4) On which title would you most like to work and why?

I would LOVE to work on a "Justice Society of America" title. I think itís almost criminal that DC isnít currently using the first superhero team to ever exist. Iíve been a fan-boy of that particular group of tights wearers since the 1970s and would love to take a crack at telling some of their tales.

5) On what project will you be working next?

Iím working diligently on the next installment in the series, "Tripping Over Reality: A Blaze of Glory." I have a lot of trip troopers coming up to me a shows asking me when the next book is coming out. To them I say, ďTake heed and never fear, brothers and sisters, hopefully it will be done within the next year. Thank you for your patience and support. Without YOU, 'Tripping Over Reality' wouldnít be aÖreality.Ē I also write a classic comic book critique called Iíve got some issues for Patrick Michael Strangeís New Release Wednesday here.

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(posted June 27, 2016)