As noted in part of the mission statement of this blog, I am a comic book fan. Probably fanatic would be a better word to use, but that may be beside the point. But on top of reading comics, I would also love to write one some day. I have a few ideas sitting in the back of my mind that I am thinking of pursuing in the near future (I do have winter break from school coming up). I haven’t had my shot at the big leagues just yet, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying.
When I was ten years old, I wrote tiny comic strips. This has continued to today (with me drawing a comic strip in my school paper as seen here, here, and here), but I haven’t ever submitted anything to any publishers. Except for one time when I was ten years old. I was reading “Sonic the Hedgehog” pretty regularly at this point, so Archie Comics (the book’s publisher) was the only comic book company I knew of at the time. I had such dreams of doing my strip, “Teddy the Bear” professionally that I compiled a short, ten page story that I sent to Archie Comics, hoping and praying that they would love it and I would become the youngest writer in comics history (which I believe the record is 14 years old and held by former Marvel Editor-in-Chief, Jim Shooter). Sadly, I was rejected. I don’t have the letter they sent, but an editor from Archie wrote a very nice letter thanking me for my submission, but they were not going to use it. He returned my book as well as two Archie comics (one was a “Betty and Veronica” book) and I cried and joined the ranks of failed comic book writers, a badge of honor I can now respect, 13 years later.
But this blog is about honoring little 10 year old Trevor Reece and his dream of writing a professional comic. Here, for the first time on a professional blog, is the first issue of “Teddy the Bear”: