IIlustrator, Letterer, Colorist
The Stone of Shiro - Book One
Cale, a shy young Mushling wants nothing more than to escape from the chaos in his life! His part-time job barely covers his expenses. He lives with a bunch of loudmouthed and unruly housemates. He’s grumpy and tired all the time, and he’s falling behind at school. Even his BFF leafhopper is getting cranky with him. But, when he witnesses the theft of the life-giving Stone of Shiro, the present chaos in his life is no longer a priority. Now his boss wants him dead, his beloved leafhopper vanishes, and the missing stone becomes HIS problem! Cale finds himself teaming up with two friends on a desperate quest to find the precious stone, before their world ceases to exist.
Age Range:Middle Grade
Genre:Adventure, Fantasy, Humor
Page Count Estimate:90-100
The tale of The Stone of Shiro, as with so many passion projects, has been a work in progress for years. My childhood in the Belgian Congo exposed me to the wonders of bandes dessinées such as Tintin, Spirou, Asterix and Les Schtroumpfs. I was hooked and became an inveterate reader of comics. Years later and encouraged by my children, I began creating my own fantasy stories. And then, serendipity struck and the idea of a fragile fantasy world of tiny anthropomorphic beings, the Mushlings, Toadies and Bog Mutants came to me. Over time, they’ve kept me writing, deliberating, cussing, and re-writing! But never have I considered giving up on them! Now, finally, with the skills of the right illustrator, The Stone of Shiro has become a reality.
I worked in media and client services for several international ad agencies before starting my own advertising and promotional company, focusing on the children and youth markets. Australia beckoned in 2006 and I spent four years in the animation industry as a marketing director. In 2011, three partners and I launched our boutique ad agency, The Gaswerx. And now, with the blessing of my partners, I’m finally pursuing my dream of becoming a published children’s Graphic Novel Author.
Stefano Spaziani is an Italian comic book artist and illustrator. His artistic expression is the result of influences from American comics, French bandes dessinées, and Japanese manga. Stefano graduated from the International School of Comics - Rome in 2013 and got his first jobs the next year as an illustrator for book covers and inside
pages. In 2020 and 2022, Stefano collaborated with Intercom by illustrating realistic-looking portraits. In 2022, he illustrated an indie comic book successfully crowdfunded called, “Creature Dwells”. Stefano is currently collaborating with InkBubble Studios on drawing LEGO, Marvel, and DC comics such as LEGO Spider-Man, LEGO Batman, and LEGO Ninjago.