Robotslayer

 Robotslayer: a graphic novel for kids written and illustrated by my husband

Robotslayer: a graphic novel for kids written and illustrated by my husband

You know how some people like to get up really early in the morning and get loads done before breakfast, well, on and off for the past four years my husband Vince been getting up at 4 or 5am to draw robots before going to work. 

I'm not exactly what you'd describe as a morning person.

But he has persevered with his early starts and it is with huge excitement and pride that I can now tell you he has finished writing and illustrating a 56-page graphic novel for children called Robotslater. Inspired by our two sons, it's about a boy called Leo and his brother Benny who must work together to defeat the evil robots and reclaim the city of Robotolis. 

You can read more about it here www.robotslayer.com

And you can now buy it on Amazon

 Our sons Leo and Benny squaring up to the giant robot

Our sons Leo and Benny squaring up to the giant robot

So, I was pretty cool about the early mornings.

Then he decided to start building robots.

The shed was turned into the 'Robot Lab' and from a giant block of polystyrene he proceeded to carve out an 8ft high and 8ft wide robot which he spray painted up to look like rusty metal. He also moulded life-size figures of the Leo and Benny characters out of clay and had them cast in glass fibre.

This stage was pretty all-consuming. 

You can see the progress pictures on Facebook

 The app has got a movie-like soundtrack, and farting rats 

The app has got a movie-like soundtrack, and farting rats 

But that's not all.

While all this was going on he got together with the creative minds at Hover Studio to turn the book into an interactive app with a movie-like soundtrack, farting rats and a shoot 'em up game called Robotslayer 3000. 

The app will be in the Apple app store on 11th December. 

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Robotslayer has been in the background of my life for so long that I can hardly believe it is finally done - he's been saying 'it'll be finished by Christmas' for the last three Christmases. 

I'm not going to pretend that there haven't been times when I have rolled my eyes at the latest stage of this crazy endeavour, but now I look back on it I'm really proud of the creativity, humour and single-minded bloody mindedness (he is completely self-taught) that it took to make this thing happen. 

So, yeah, I may be a teeny bit biased, but I think it's pretty amazing. 

What do you think?