Not only do actors and comic creators find audiences at the Salt Lake Comic Con, but authors do as well.
I had a chance to sit down with Samuel Stubbs, the co-author of Asian-themed fantasy epic The Tale of Telsharu with Valerie Mechling, about this book, which is the first part of a trilogy.
"The next book, The Scourge of Narak, comes out November 1," Stubbs said, "and hopefully the third book will come out next year."
Telsharu follows the titular character, an assassin who has just escaped a hundred-year imprisonment, now focused on seeking revenge against the emperor who cursed him there. In the trail of destruction Telsharu leaves in his wake, three heroes rise to the occasion: swordsman Daryun, aristocrat and insurgent Xansul, and ShianMai, the emperor's daughter. These three heroes must choose to either fight alone or band together as the battle between tyranny and anarchy swiftly approaches.
Mechling and Stubbs, who have been friends since their junior high days, apparently have a lot more stories to tell.
"Even after this trilogy ends, we still have plenty of material to work with," Stubbs explained to me at his booth. "I served my [LDS] mission in Singapore, and I came home with a wealth of stories, from their culture and my love of martial arts."
Their love of Asian culture runs deep as well. Mechling is a full-time Tae Kwon Do instructor, and Stubbs is a student of Shotokan Karate.
The Tale of Telsharu is available at bookstores and Amazon.com. The sequel, The Scourge of Narak, comes out November 1. For more information on the authors, follow the link here.