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ANDRE THE GIANT: CLOSER TO HEAVEN released to acclaim

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So one of the most recent releases in my career is the Andre the Giant graphic novel biography titled "Closer to Heaven." It is the first non-fiction graphic novel I've ever written and since I know there are pro wrestling fans on the OH, I figured I would share some good news with you all.

The graphic novel was released as the #1 new release on Amazon under wrestling biographies and it's almost a sell out on the distributor level.

If anyone is interested, here is a small compendium of the reviews the book has received:

http://comicbookroundup.com/comic-books/reviews/idw-publishing/andre-the-giant-closer-to-heaven/1

From Comic Wow website (10 out of 10 review):

"Easton gives us an "inside baseball" look at the world of professional wrestling through the eyes of one of its most iconic heroes. He shows us what goes on behind the scenes, the business, the promotions the real concerns, the fears, the ambitions, and the demons of these "superstars."

He then turns his eye to Andre's heart. Easton shows us that although Andre was gifted with great size and ability, he really wanted to be normal. He shows us that Andre understood both his virtues and his vices and that he managed in the end to come to peace with it all. Although the story ends with Andre's death, it is not a sad story. Andre's life did not end in self-pity and neither Andre nor Easton would want readers to pity the giant."

From AIPT website (10 out of 10 review):

"It?s hard to overemphasize how much I enjoyed reading Closer to Heaven. Andre the Giant is a fascinating character, mythologized by both wrestling fans and non-fans alike, but this book digs much deeper than the character to get at the soul of a man in a beautifully written, poignant way that will have you reflecting on your own mortality and pursuit of happiness. Backed up by stunning artwork, this is a can?t miss."

From Black Nerd Problem's website (9.5 out of 10 review):

"From a reader?s perspective Brandon Easton?s Andre occupies an almost mystical space between flawed human and wise narrator, yet the balance never fully tips one way or the other. Admittedly the poignant quote that begins the book made me nervous for how heavy-handed this tale could become but Easton maintains a firm grip throughout on simplistic and believable language. Rhythmically I was surprised to find how sharply thematic lines like, ?I ceased being a human. I became an immoveable object? fit so neatly next to wild descriptions of wrestling maneuvers. Cliche as it may sound, there?s an art to the words that occasionally feels downright poetic. Similarly, Easton?s pacing between dialogue and narration is near seamless; every page seems planned down to the very meter of its syllables and sentence lengths, all while continuing to honor the actual life portrayed."

There are many other reviews but I just wanted to share this with interested parties. I hope some of you check it out if so inclined.

Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving holiday.

MSK

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