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Former UNMC staffer to read from his graphic novel

By Elizabeth Kumru, UNMC public relations

Josh Howell hit writer’s block on his novel. He hit it hard – for more than a year.

Then a friend suggested he turn it into a graphic novel and the floodgates opened in ways he didn’t expect.

It’s starting to become a favorite at comic cons across the country. He hopes his hometown – Omaha – will embrace it as well.

Josh Howell with his new novel.
Josh Howell with his new novel.

Howell, 30, will read from his book, “The Fierce Are Fading,” 4:30 to 5:30 on Nov. 9 in the South Rare Book Room, McGoogan Library, 8th floor Wittson Hall. The reading is open to the public, no RSVP is needed.

Howell left his position as an administrative assistant in UNMC’s Department of Emergency Medicine on Oct. 21 to become executive assistant to the director of a non-profit start-up that will work with at-risk youth in Omaha.

His book features a strong female heroine, Riley Harper, who is a floater agent with the FBI on assignment to find a serial killer in Seattle. After her partner and lover, an officer in the local police department, goes missing, she disobeys orders and embarks on a mission to find him.

What she discovers is a massive shadow organization known only to a few as THE M.O.R.S. INITIATIVE to be behind the killings. Riley partners with a female assassin and a mental patient to hunt down the mysterious organization which seems hell-bent on using human genomics and teleportation to destroy the human race.

The book is distributed through Amazon in three different forms:

  • Novel – $12
  • Graphic black and white novel – $18
  • Color graphic novel – $45 – magazine size – which Howell sells at events for $30
  • Both versions are sold on Kindle for $9.99

Howell also sells a color pocket version of the book for $20.

“The book was well-received at the four-day New York Comic Con this month,” he said. He sold about 80 books from a small press booth at the convention that was attended by more than 180,000 people.

He also will be featured at upcoming comic conventions:

  • Midwest Comic Con in Des Moines, Iowa, on Nov. 5 – 6
  • Comic Con at Offutt AFB, Bellevue, Neb., on Dec. 2 – 5
  • Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo on April 21 – 23, 2017

Read a July 8 story about Joshua in UNMC Today.

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