“Ten Years Gone: Pomp and Circumstance” by Brandon Melendez

Every day this week, we have been previewing our five launch titles.

Starting Friday, April 8th, 2011, Eat Your Serial will be proudly presenting: “Ten Years Gone: Pomp and Circumstance” by Brandon Melendez, with illustrations by Ben Silberstein.

About the Serial

Brandon is a miserable teenager. He doesn’t like his peers and he doesn’t like himself. When we first meet him in 10th grade he is incredibly uncomfortable in his own skin; and while he isn’t exactly a loner he always feels alone. Brandon is starting to suspect that everybody sucks. His head is filled with referential information from years of television, video games, and comic books and, though he realizes this doesn’t make him a great person, he feels it makes him better than the Abercombie and Birkenstock garbed douche bags that define his generation. If only he had the magic red boomerang he could bash their heads in—but alas this is not a fantasy tale. In lieu of assault with fictional weaponry, Brandon slowly finds some kindred spirits in like-minded nerds, a girl that’s willing to tolerate him, and gets to play the geetar in a rocka and rolla band (that doesn’t have a singer). Everything seems to be going his way—but how come he never seems to get a break from the bullshit?

“Ten Years Gone: Pomp and Circumstance” is the first installment in a trilogy of novellas following the protagonist, Brandon, from age fifteen to age twenty five. Pomp and Circumstance covers age fifteen through high school graduation at not-yet-eighteen. It is chocked full of turn of the millennium pop-culture and nerdom references and fast paced comedic dialogue. “Ten Years Gone: Pomp and Circumstance” deals with the trials and milestones that all teenagers encounter with introspective prose, retrospective wit, and an anecdotal narrative tone befitting of an it-sort-of-happened-like-that memoir that never fails to entertain.

About the Author

Brandon is the Creative Director (Art Boss and Marketing Racketeer) at Eat Your Serial. He writes the blogs “Letters to Jeremy” and “Brandon Melendez’s Nerd’s Eye View” and occasionally features on the “Eat Your Serial Blog”. He is the creator of the increasingly self indulgent comic strip “Eat Your Serial Presents” and the insufferably self-indulgent novella “Ten Years Gone: Pomp and Circumstance”. More of his projects are available on his website www.BrandonMelendez.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Metropolitan College in American Urban Studies and will receive a dual Master of Arts in Childhood Education and Special Education from New York University in May 2011.

You can connect with him on twitter: @bmmelendez

About the Artist

Benjamin Silberstein is a pen and ink artist from Long Island, New York. Like many of the able young men of his generation Benjamin tried his hand in the world of computers; specifically computer graphics, studying at New York Institute of Technology. Ben found that finding jobs in computers was not as easy as that one time he found Atlantis while blindfolded. He decided to instead try being happy and entered the world of freelance art. This pursuit of happiness and art is ongoing.

Ben is inspired by comic book art and has a particular affinity for Captain America. He excels in producing both black and white and color work, however he prefers black and white as a stylistic choice. He is currently illustrating the story “Ten Years Gone: Pomp and Circumstance” and is in the Eat Your Serial pool of regular freelance artists.

Ben also enjoys long walks on the beach and rollerblading. His turn offs include armpit hair, mustaches, and eye patches; pirates need not apply.

But we know what you want… here’s your first look at the cover for “Ten Years Gone”, by Mr. Silberstein himself.

Be sure to visit www.eatyourserial.com on Monday to read all of the great serials previewed this week!

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