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Marcellus writer Mike Raicht finds his voice in the world of comic books

Le Moyne College English Professor Mike Raicht is the author of the successful series The Stuff of Legend, which made the New York Times bestseller list in 2010. Raicht is pictured above at a book signing event with his son, Austin, a few years back.

Le Moyne College English Professor Mike Raicht is the author of the successful series The Stuff of Legend, which made the New York Times bestseller list in 2010. Raicht is pictured above at a book signing event with his son, Austin, a few years back. Provided

— He warns parents that although his work is intended for children, they should consider how much their child can handle before giving them a copy of his work.

“If they can handle that there’s some drama, some scariness, that you lose characters, that’s the level of drama we are going for in The Stuff of Legend,” he said. “The twists and turns, the darker moments.”

For the record, Austin loves the series, “or at least he pretends to,” Raicht said. “He tells me ideas he has for covers of the book.”

Currently, Raicht is plugging away at volume 4 of 6 of The Stuff of Legend, and is excited to say that the culmination of all its untied ends will be epic.

“I’m really excited about it,” he said. “This tale of saving this boy will be complete. It’s scary because we don’t want to be done, but it’s exciting because all the great stuff is coming up. All the big moments, all of the stuff we’ve been seeding and getting ready from the first issue of the series is starting to come together.”

Though The Stuff of Legend has found much success, Raicht isn’t always wrapped up in toys turned real. In fact, he is working on many other projects, such as adapting Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments into a graphic novel, writing a 70s vampire series called Dark Shadows, starting his own company called Nobel Transmission, and finally, the creation of Wild Blue Yonder.

Wild Blue Yonder is the tale of a resource deprived futuristic population that is pushed to the brink. “The world becomes so polluted that people can’t live on the ground anymore, so they build these huge flying fortresses and move up into the sky. They are little tribes of like 50 to 100 people and slowly, because there is no world anymore to live on, they’ve run out of resources so they are fighting each other for whatever’s left. They fly around on jet packs and fight each other with crowbars and axes. It’s basically pirates 16,000 feet up with jetpacks and harpoons.”

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