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Duluthian publishes comic novel

When Donny Frank Morris was 12 years old, his mother brought home an X-Men comic book for him. Morris sat on the sofa in his family's home until he had read the book straight through, and even though it was the first comic book he had ever gotten...

Donny Frank Morris
Donny Frank Morris signs autographs on posters and his recently published graphic novel "Chained Gun" at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, Jan. 26. (Photo by Naomi Yaeger)

When Donny Frank Morris was 12 years old, his mother brought home an X-Men comic book for him. Morris sat on the sofa in his family's home until he had read the book straight through, and even though it was the first comic book he had ever gotten, he was hooked from that point on.

Morris was fascinated by the artwork in this and other comic books that he read, and the interest in drawing that he developed as a child compelled him to try the medium. Continuing to practice this style of drawing over the years, he has now published his first graphic novel with Lyons & Grant Multimedia. A graphic novel is a story which uses a comic-strip format to tell the story.

Saturday, Jan. 26, Morris, a sometime contributor of editorial cartoons to the Budgeteer, signed autographs of his book, "Chained Gun" at Barnes and Noble in the Miller Hill Mall. The book is available at Barnes & Noble stores and online sites such as Amazon, eBooks and Powell's Books.

Morris said the nearly 150-page book most closely resembles a western theme, which he is familiar with from watching many western films as a child with his mother. This story is a mix of different genres: action, sci-fi and western. The main character, Gallie the gun, is an ex-slave outlaw who sacrifices his search for freedom to right a wrong. The main villain, Harris Mason, is a Frankenstein's monster-type character who as a child died and was resurrected by his father.

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