“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!


“Letters to M” by Peter M. Love

Every day this week, we will be previewing one of our five launch titles.

Starting Thursday April 7th, 2011, Eat Your Serial will be proudly presenting: “Letters to M” by Peter M. Love.

About the Serial

It’s the usual story. You hang out, play some bridge, occasionally write letters to a girl in class that you never send. There are lots of ways to get a girl; you learn from the best and try and them all. Martin Applegate is a man with a mission. He has identified his girl. He knows his methods. Now, it’s just about the application.

Teenage life in Britain. It’s exciting, especially if you are white, middle-class and play bridge.

About the Author

Peter M Love was born in South Lough. Peter went to Leyster Comprehensive School which he left in 1989 to work in a call centre. He has since returned to South Lough where he trains supply chain managers. He lives with his wife and two children.

You can connect with him on twitter: @petermlove

And not that you should judge a book by its cover, but we’re excited to share a first look at the “Letters to M” cover by Marilyn Gomez:

Come back tomorrow for a look at the fifth and final title of our launch lineup!

“WMDs: Women of Men’s Destruction” by Marty Evan

Every day this week, we will be previewing one of our five launch titles.

Starting April 6th, 2011, Eat Your Serial will be proudly presenting: “WMDs: Women of Men’s Destruction” by Marty Evans.

About the Serial

Ever been hurt?  Ever wanted to take revenge on the person who hurt you?  “WMD’s: The Women of Men’s Destruction” explores is the unnerving mission of vengeance undertaken by four jaded friends against their ex-girlfriends. Fueled by alcohol and anger, follow Nave Bruno and his confederates in this twisted tale that explores everything from faith to cheeseburgers, with a good bit of violence and laughter mixed in. And when the dust settles, nothing will be the same again.

About the Author

Marty Evan was born in 1981.  His next achievement was graduating from Buffalo University 24 years later in 2005 with a BFA in communication design.  Since then he has traveled New York State as a construction worker, living in hotels and learning about the harder points of existence.  Inspired by the harsh and some times humorous realities of life, love and addiction, he writes about what he sees in an increasingly tough world.

And because you’ve been good, here’s a first look at the “WMDs” cover by Dave Feheley:

Come back tomorrow for a look at the fourth title of our launch lineup!

“Carry Me Home” by K. Syrah

Every day this week, we will be previewing one of our five launch titles.

Starting April 5th, 2011, Eat Your Serial will be proudly presenting: “Carry Me Home” by K. Syrah.

About the Serial

…Being out here is like living a life in sepia; everything is faded
into a dull, sweltering brown as colorless as the sand…

Life was different before deployment. Easy. Back in Fort Riley, Sergeant Lorelei Edwards was a proud soldier who could flaunt a short skirt, sling back a Long Island and disassemble a bomb with equal effortlessness. But Iraq changed all that. War blasted it all apart. Suddenly everything Lorelei thought she knew, all the relationships she treasured — her own identity — is brought under the harsh light of inquisition. Lorelei finds herself struggling to cope with a new life, a life that to her seems shattered beyond repair.

Heartfelt and provoking, K. Syrah’s “Carry Me Home” shows that there is more than one kind of strength, that a soldier can take many forms, and that sometimes the most vicious battle we fight comes from within.

About the Author

K. Syrah was born in Asia, and raised in Europe before making her home in the United States. She grew up assimilating and critiquing various cultures. She spent her first six years of adulthood in seven different states, and hasn’t stopped moving since. Her ability to analyze culture as an outsider has fueled her writing, much of which can be found on her social-commentary themed weblog, Shoes Never Worn. She is one half of a dual-military couple that will soon be experiencing a simultaneous deployment to two different theatres.

Come back tomorrow for a look at the third title of our launch lineup!

“Simon Berkley” by Leon Noble

Every day this week, we will be previewing one of our five launch titles.

Starting April 4th, 2011, Eat Your Serial will be proudly presenting: “Simon Berkley” by Leon Noble.


About the Serial

Simon Berkley is a simple kind of man. Like many of us, he uses his psychic powers playing clairvoyant to lonely widows to pay the bills, but he prefers to spend his free time smoking and drinking with his wizard friend, Phil, and Alice, the sometimes-friendly ghost who haunts him. Simon’s everyday existence is disrupted, however, when he is nearly killed and fellow members of the supernatural community fall victim to a series of gruesome murders. Never one to shy away from deadly conflict, Simon and his friends tackle harpies, witches, and local law enforcement to solve the mystery and stop the murderous rampage before it’s too late.

About the Author

Leon Noble was born in a small town in Puerto Rico, where his passion for anything weird began with the myths and ghost stories of the old folk living there. He began his artistic journey through drawing and sketching, but quickly found words a more suitable outlet for the people living inside his brain.

His passions are well written stories and Guillermo Del Toro movies. He is currently writing his third Fantasy\Horror novel in New York city where he lives with his family and is the only avid bookworm of the bunch.

You can connect with him on twitter: @leonnoblerocks


As an added bonus, we’re also excited to share with you a first look at the cover art for this online serial. It was designed by Michael Samuels, a man of few words but immense talent.

Come back tomorrow for a look at the second title of our launch lineup!

Censorship Hits Huck Finn

I wanted to take a break from our festive-yet-mysterious holiday teaser campaign to briefly touch on something that just popped up in my twitter feed (even though by the time I write and publish this, that twitter news will be sooooo one hour ago).

According to Entertainment Weekly’s Shelf Life column, NewSouth Books is publishing a new edition of Mark Twain’s seminal classic “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” that removes the usage of the words nigger and injun.  (Link here)

The article attributes the idea for this edition to Alan Gribben, an alleged “Twain expert” that somehow missed the whole point of the book despite claiming that title.

SPOILER ALERT for any of you whose only association with Huckleberry Finn is from the Jonathan Taylor Thomas/Brad Renfro generation defining classic Tom and Huck – the book is a caustic criticism of racism also noted for its powerful usage of regional and ethnic dialects as a key component of the work.

Yeah, the book drops the “N” word a lot, but there’s a point to it.  And an important context that is completely lost by whitewashing the text (please forgive the semi-intentional Tom Sawyer pun).

Huckleberry Finn is an important look at a time that is far removed but clearly still culturally relevant.  But neutering the work robs it of the important debates and discussions it prompts.  I still remember the first time I read “The Adventures of Huck Finn”.  It was a while after I had read “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, and I was assuming a similarly light-hearted affair from a book with a near-identical title, by the same author, featuring carryover characters.  Not so much.

The first thing I was struck by was how DIFFICULT it was to read the book.  I had no idea what anyone was saying.  Twain’s masterful use of dialects made the book a real challenge to get into, and as we worked through the text in class it became clear to me just why that was so important.  As we began dissecting the subtexts and the more overt messages of the book, it became abundantly clear that Huck Finn was an entirely different beast than Tom Sawyer.  Just because they were friends, doesn’t mean they were on the same level.

I don’t want to turn this into any more of a book report than I already have, so I’ll stop here and stress the point that censoring “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” does more damage to any alleged progressive, anti-hate agenda than letting kids see words like “nigger” and “injun” in print.  It is important to let texts like this stand proud for what they are and what they have accomplished.  New generations need to confront concepts like this, and fully understand how important they still are today.

So what do YOU think?  Are the cries of censorship an overreaction?  Are we as a society becoming too concerned with coddling, pandering, and political correctness and ruining the touchstones that have made the American cultural machine what they are?  Let us know in the comments!

We are Live on Kickstarter!

Hey Everyone,

As you may or may not know, Eat Your Serial is a web start-up company that will be featuring the talents of up and coming writers.  The site will fully launch in the fall with daily content to be serialized each and every week.  It’s quite the project and we here are extremely excited to showcase some incredible talent.  However, we need some help.

And now, Eat Your Serial is on Kickstarter, a social site that allows people to “fund and follow creativity”. You can check out our page here, but please keep reading for more information.

Before we get to the awkward begging, I wanted to straight up thank all of you for your support in the infancy of Eat Your Serial.  This is a project that has taken on a life of its own and grown exponentially – and a lot of that is due to the excitement of everyone involved.

But with growth comes added costs. So here I am, coming to you hat in hand asking for a different kind of support.  Along with our upcoming Happy Hour event, as I said in the introduction, we have just launched a fundraising initiative through Kickstarter.  If you’re not familiar with this great site, I would suggest checking out the link.

In a nutshell, it is a site that provides a platform for creative ventures to seek funding from the public.  But we’re not just asking for money here.  The fun part of working with Kickstarter, is that we’re offering up some very cool rewards to match people’s donations.

The more you can contribute, the wilder the reward. And the faster we will be able to bring the full potential of Eat Your Serial to readers and writers everywhere.

Also, for now, the kickstarter.com website is the only place you can see our delightfully ridiculous first ever Eat Your Serial Commercial.  So that alone is worth checking out, even if you can’t donate.

But if you can, please contribute. And if you are so inclined, please forward this on to anyone else you can think of that would find this to be a worthwhile project to donate to.  Our whole goal is to promote up and coming talented authors.  We’re attempting to give a voice to those who might not have a voice otherwise, and maybe even make some dreams come true by becoming publish authors.  That’s worth $10 right?   We think so.

Here’s the link again. We can’t do this without you.

Thank you,

– Shawn, The Chief