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Local comic book store ACME Comics & Collectibles is giving Siouxland the opportunity to meet NY Times Best-selling children's book author Jesse Leon McCann, author of DC Comic's newest hit comic book 'Krypto the Superdog' #1 on Saturday Oct. 14. McCann will be signing copies of the comic book from 10 a.m. to noon. Afterwards, McCann will be hosting a story time, reading one of his books for the children who attend. Jesse's newest comic "Krypto the Superdog" #1 is also special to ACME Comics & Collectibles owners Fran and Kevin McGarry because it was their idea to have the series printed and it stars their 6-year old son Sean. Krypto is based on the Cartoon Network hit cartoon of the same name. It is aimed for younger children and tells the story of Superman's pet dog and his animal friends Streaky the Supercat and Ace the Bathound.

"We are very excited to bring this Jesse to ACME," said ACME Comics owner Fran McGarry. "We have not had a creator appearance since last year and being able to bring in a New York Times best selling author really special. Plus, the fact that our son has a staring role in Krypto the Superdog number one makes this comic event very special."

Customers can also have their picture taken with McCann and can have other comics that he has worked on signed.

Krypto the Superdog the comic book came into print because of Fran & Kevin McGarry's insistence at a DC Comics retailer meeting last year. "DC flew us up to Montreal last November to meet with them and 50 other top retailers from around the world." Fran McGarry said. "While we were having lunch with BobWayne, vice president of sales for DC, we told him that we needed a Krypto comic book to sell. The Krypto cartoon was a huge hit on Cartoon Network and we had parents asking for Krypto comic books for their kids to read. Bob has told us that they did not have any plans to do a Krypto book, but we were free to bring up the idea at one of the group meetings."

"When we brought it up in front of the group of retailers and the executives at DC Comics, we were very surprised that not only did all of the retailers agree that a Krypto comic needed to be printed but that it was one that they thought would sell well. The president and publisher of DC Comics, Paul Levitz, turned to Jesse and told him to have a proposal for Krypto on his desk by Monday. After the meeting, Jesse came to us and thanked us for getting the new title for him to work on. As a special thanks, he included our son in the book and had part of the story take place at ACME industries. Our son actually gets saved by Krypto."

Krypto the Superdog Info:

Krypto the Superdog, is Superman's pet dog in the various Superman comic books published by DC Comics. Krypto's first appearance was in a Superboy story in Adventure Comics #210 in March 1955. As explained in his first appearance, Krypto was originally the toddler Kal-El's dog while they were on Krypton. Jor-El, testing prototypes for the rocket that would eventually send Kal-El to Earth, decided to use Krypto as a test subject. However, Krypto's rocket was knocked off-course; the rocket drifted through space for years until it eventually landed on Earth, where Krypto was reunited with the now-teenaged superhero, Superboy.

Like all denizens of Krypton under a yellow sun and lower gravity environment (vs. Krypton's red sun and heavy gravity), Krypto possessed the same powers and abilities as his master, although his physical abilities were proportionate to his smaller size and species, similar to an ordinary dog vs. a human. Krypto also had super-canine intelligence (approximately human level, though with his canine traits and interests still present); the comics expressed this via the use of thought balloons indicating what Krypto was thinking.

Krypto was drawn as a white dog of generic pedigree (his closest analog to an Earth dog breed might be a white Parson Russell Terrier), and when fighting crime, he usually wore a gold collar, a miniature facsimile of the famed Superman-"S" symbol for a dog tag, and a dog-sized version of Superman's cape.

When not accompanying Superboy/Superman, Krypto spent much of his time romping through space; while on Earth, however, he stayed with the Kent family, posing as their pet dog, "Skip". In that identity, his guardians applied a brown dye patch on his back for a disguise which Krypto could burn off with his heat vision when he went into costume.

In April 2005, Cartoon Network debuted Krypto in his own series, Krypto the Superdog, teaming him with fellow animal superheroes Streaky the Supercat, the Dog Star Patrol, and Ace the Bat-Hound. In this series, Krypto lives with a young boy in a Metropolis suburb, and fights crime against various foes, including a space cyborg feline named Mechanikat and his feline agents (including his sidekick, the evil genius alien kitten Snooky Wookums), the Joker's pet hyenas Bud and Lou, The Penguin's trained birds (Artie the Puffin, Griff the Vulture, Waddles the Penguin), Catwoman's cat Isis, and Ignatius, a pet iguana of Superman foe Lex Luthor. This version of Krypto shares the origin of the first Krypto, having been launched by Jor-El from Krypton in a similar turn of events, but he did not arrive till after Superman was already grown. Otherwise, the show is an original interpretation created just for this series, and is not based on any of the previous comic book versions. A

noticeable change from the original is that this Krypto can talk, as can all of his other animal friends and enemies, and can be understood by his boy caretaker, Kevin, through the use of an ear-implanted translator. Krypto used to be a beloved dog, and Superman's best friend.

Jesse Leon McCann Bio:

NY Times Best-selling children"s book author Jesse Leon McCann was born in California, in 1955, growing up in Hawthorne, a suburb of Los Angeles. In high school, he wrote extensively, serving as the newspaper's Features Editor. After graduation, he entered El Camino College in Torrance, CA., as a journalism major.

In his last year in high school, McCann got the acting bug. With friends he met in college, he went on to become a stand-up comedian, writing his own material. He later directed many stage productions in Los Angeles. He wrote a stage play that was performed at the Renaissance Faire, and wrote and acted in comedic skits for "Ed McMahon & Company" (Showtime.) internationally known author William Peter Blatty (The Exorcist) personally allowed McCann to write and direct a stage adaptation of his novel "The Ninth Configuration." Blatty later called McCann his "theatrical Godson."

McCann designed sets for the stage productions he directed, which led him to painting on canvas. In 1991, an independent comics publisher, Cult Press, familiar with McCann's writing and artwork, offered him a job in the comics field. Since then, McCann has written several licensed properties, including Warner Brothers and The Simpsons properties, and such characters as Scooby-Doo, Shrek, Looney Tunes, Batman, The Cat in the Hat and Jimmy Neutron. Many of his books are published by Scholastic Inc., Random House and Fisher-Price. For his "Shrek 2" movie adaptation, McCann became a top-ten NY Times best-selling author.

McCann also writes Simpsons TV episode guides and trivia calendars for Harper Publishing, and Simpsons trivia games for Cardinal Industries.

McCann turned 51 this year. He lives in Southern California with his wife Nancy, their two children and four cats. They have a family run comic book shop named Comics Unlimited, which is near Disneyland, Calif.

ACME Comics & Collectibles is located at 1622 Pierce St. The store, established in 1995, is considered a comic book, game and collectible specialty store. They quickly rose to be one of the leaders in the comic book and gaming industry. In 2004 they were named the Will Eisner "Spirit of Comics" Retail Award Recipient, equivalent to being named the World's Best Comic Book Store.

For further information or questions contact Kevin or Fran McGarry at 258-6171.

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