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Roads (Not) Taken is an anthology of stories featuring fantastic traveling companions, from Nikola Tesla to the embodiment of Death.
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"Getting to Know You"

If you could take a road trip with any one person -- dead or alive, real or fictional -- who would it be? Where would you go? 

This anthology began life as a creative challenge in the Comics Experience workshop group, a getting to know you exercise that would also create a series of unique short stories. Figures ranged from the relatively obscure (Romantic poet John Clare) to the universally acclaimed (Charlie Chaplin), as well as the... abstract (Grim Reaper). Roads (Not) Taken travels across a broad landscape of genres, tones, and artistic styles to take you on a truly memorable journey. 

Stories included in the anthology:

And Past and Present All in One (poet Johm Clare) Artist: Diana Naneva • Writer: Colin Cheney

The Ultimate Field Trip (Challenger astronaut Christa McAuliffe) Writer: Marta Tanrikulu • Illustrator: Lipe Diaz • Inker: Sandro Ribeiro •  Colorist: Emily Elmer • Letterer: Kevin D. Lintz

The Seven Stages of a Clown Car Trip (Death) Writer: Keith Davidson • Artist: Ronn Sutton • Colorist: Steven Legge

Ebert and Me (film critic Roger Ebert) Writer: Milton Lawson • Artist and Letterer: Rem Broo

It’s a Miserable Life (rapper ODB) Writer/Artist: Stu Rase

Man Out of Time  (inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla) Writer and Letterer: Will Allred • Artist: Chris Shaffer • Colorist: Alexander Lidstrom

A Brief Conversation in Time (physicist Stephen Hawking) Writer and Colorist: Ramon Gil • Artist: Jan Marc Quisumbing

What Amounts to a Hill of Beans (shh it's a secret) Writer: Jason Czaplicki • Artist: Alexander Lidstrom • Letterer: Kevin D. Lintz

A Day Without Laughter (silent film comedian Charlie Chaplin) Writer: Blake Braswell • Artist: Theresa Chiechi • Letterer: Sean Rinehart

From "A Day without Laughter"
From "A Day without Laughter"
Unlettered art from "And Past and Present as One"
Unlettered art from "And Past and Present as One"

About Comics Experience

Created by former Marvel and IDW Publishing editor Andy Schmidt, the vision for Comics Experience is simple:  create the comics courses that Andy wished existed when he was trying to break into the industry and learn the skills needed to become a professional comics creator/editor. In addition to intro and advanced courses on comics writing, art, production and more, Comics Experience offers an online workshop forum where creators can post their work for critique by working industry professionals as well as other members of the workshop group. The Workshop also features live monthly discussions on industry topics and creative techniques, hosted by Andy Schmidt and guest pros. 

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The anthology is complete and ready to go to press. Successful Kickstarter funding will allow us to bring these stories to life in print.

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