Actress Garcelle Beauvais and publisher Stranger Comics are announcing the release of “I AM AWESOME,” the third installment in their “I AM” children’s book series.
The street date for the hardcover book has been set for August 25, 2015, and is currently available for preorder on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The digital version is already available for download now via iBooks (iTunes), Amazon Kindle, and a variety of other platforms. The first two books in the series, “I AM MIXED” and “I AM LIVING IN 2 HOMES,” were released in 2013 and 2014, respectively, and have seen worldwide success with the first book selling out the initial print run prior to release and reaching a third printing within a year. The series is co-authored by Garcelle and Stranger Comics’ president, Sebastian A. Jones, and beautifully illustrated by artist James C. Webster.
Drawing on both her life experience as a mother and research on children’s issues, Beauvais’ “I AM” books address identity issues relevant to many children today. The first book, “I AM MIXED,” focuses on brother and sister Jay and Nia and explores the thoughts and emotions shared from children of mixed ethnicities. The second book in the series, “I AM LIVING IN 2 HOMES,” navigates the complexities both child and parent face when dealing with separation and divorce. The upcoming release, “I AM AWESOME,” encourages self-confidence in children by highlighting the things about them that are unique and stressing that they take pride in their identity.
As an incubator and aggregator of content, Stranger Comics develops and designs franchises for multi-media platforms. Stranger Kids, the children’s division of the young publishing company, partnered with Beauvais to tackle some of the more complex and often neglected subjects that youth faces today. Sebastian A. Jones remarks, “In the first two books, we focused on very specific topics, ones we felt were important to discuss. While there are many other significant issues we could address, we felt that this book should have a broader message, one that could be helpful to all children. After all, everyone deserves to feel AWESOME.”
Garcelle Beauvais agreed, saying, “Kids these days deal with so much more than we ever had to growing up. I sometimes wish I could just sit them all down and say, ‘Look, forget about all that and just be a kid. Enjoy it, and be happy with who you are.’ That’s what this book is for me.”
About Garcelle Beauvais
Best known for her roles on both the big and small screens, Haitian-born actress Garcelle Beauvais immigrated to the United States at the age of seven with her mother and sisters, and has since charmed audiences with her dramatic and comedic abilities. Garcelle’s TV work includes the TNT legal drama “Franklin & Bash,” “The Jamie Foxx Show”, four seasons on the highly rated Emmy© Award-winning series “NYPD Blue;” and films such as: “Flight” with Denzel Washington, “White House Down” with Jamie Foxx, the Film Independent Award-nominated “American Gun” with Forrest Whitaker and Donald Sutherland, “Women in Trouble” with Simon Baker and Josh Brolin, “Barbershop 2: Back in Business” with Queen Latifah, and “Bad Company” opposite Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins.
About Stranger Comics
Guided by president, Sebastian A. Jones, Stranger Comics is an incubator and aggregator of content, developing and designing franchises for multi-media platforms. Its constant philosophy is that of quality, and that the idea is king, and the story is sacred. From the vast and volatile fantasy world of Asunda to the wide-eyed whimsy of Stranger Kids, Stranger strives for excellence in production as well as presentation. Some of Stranger’s titles include “The Portent” by Peter Bergting (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), “Piñata” by Ken Locsmandi (Fight Club, The Matrix) and Jones, and “The Untamed,” by Jones and Bergting, which is being developed by Film Roman as an animated series produced by Jones, Lloyd Levin (Watchmen, Hellboy, Boogie Nights), Andrew Cosby (2 Guns, Eureka), and Andrew Sugerman (Shopgirl, Conviction).