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6 Aug 2017: 'Raegan and RJ in Space: First to Mars' was in the Christian Family Film Festival in Ellington NY and given the BEST ANIMATION award.

30 May 2017:'Raegan and RJ in Space: First to Mars' was voted BEST For Kids at the Christian Film Festival here are the laurels:

21 April 2017: 'Raegan and RJ in Space: First to Mars' was shown at the HIS Film Festival in FT Lauderhill Florida here are the official selection laurels!

31 Dec 2016: "Raegan and RJ in Space: First to Mars' was voted BEST FOR KIDS at the Christian Film Festival here are the laurels:

21 November 2016: 'Raegan and RJ in Space: First to Mars' was selected for and shown at the Big Cross Film Festival in Los Angelos CA here are the laurels:

1 Sep 2016 'Raegan and RJ in Space: First to Mars' was awarded a Readersfavorite Book Award here is the cover and the award certificate:

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14 March 2016: 'Raegan and RJ in Space: First to Mars' was shown at the Christian Worldview Film Festival in Texas! Here is a picture of the laurels we were awarded and our film on their web site!

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13 Dec 15: R&RJiS publishes its second annual Christmas catalogue featuring the graphic novel trilogy done by Ms Lusong!

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11 Dec 15: Raegan and RJ in Space: First to Mars acheived 500 YouTube views! A great day for R&RJiS and Christian family freiendly space adventures!

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17 Oct 15: 'Raegan and RJ in Space: First to Mars' was shown at the Faith Film Festival in MT Juliet TN here are the Laurels and a picture of Rich at the film festival:

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1 Sep 15: 'Raegan and RJ in Space: First to Mars' was selected as a Readersfavorite.com book award winner!

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11 Dec 14: 'Raegan and RJ in Space: First to Mars!' was announced as a 2014 Fall Pinnacle Award Winner! See the awards abnd reviews page for more details!

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7 Dec 14: R&RJiS First Christmas Shopper Guide put on Facebook here it is!

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15 Sep 14: R&RJSTD is in the Bookcrash program! Woop-Woop! This is soooo exciting! Here is the picture on the web site:

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1 Sep 14: Both R&RJ Save the Day and Colonizing the Galaxy were recognized as Readersfavorite.com book award winners!  Here is the seal they both received:

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21 Aug 14: R&RJiS has our graphic novel 'Satellite Rescue' listed on the web site Net-Comic-Strips.com!  That is so cool!  Here is the link to the site and also apicture of you wnat to check them out: 

http://www.net-comic-strips.com/comics/richard-m-collins-satellite-rescue-raegan-and-rj-in-space-mini-adventure

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20 Aug 14: R&RJiS has 2 graphic novels featured on a web site for Christian comics! Both 'Raegan and RJ Save the Day!', and 'Mission to the 3 Suns!' have their own sldie shows!  I had no idea there were so many Christian comics out there. Amazing! Here is the web site and picture if you want to check it out:

http://www.christian-comic-books.com/apps/photos/?&pagesize=36&page=1

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11 Aug 14: R&RJiS is in the CSPA Bookcrash program which has bloggers review new books!  Then they write a review and it goes around the blogs and helps adveretise R&RJiS! Woo-hoo! Here is our graphic novel on the Bookcrash web site:

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18 July 14: Today we mailed off the 3 copies of 'Raegan and RJ in Space: Colonizing the Galaxy for Christ!' that will be used in the charity auction at the Star Trek convention in Illinois in August! This is a big event, the 40th anniversary of the Star Trek fan club called STARFLEET! Here is a picture of the graphic novels right before we mailed them. They look great! We can't thank Mr. Stimpson enough for his awesome work illustrating them! Woo hoo!

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15 July 14: Both 'Raegan and RJ in Space: Colonizing the Galaxy for Christ!', and Raegan and RJ Save the Day!' were announced as Readersfavorite.com 2014 Book Award Contest Finalists!  Here is the seal awarded to both graphic novels: 

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8 July 14: Today we purchased our add for the 2014 STARFLEET Star Trek Fan Club Convention in Rockford Illinois 8-10 Aug 2014 called IC2014! We are going to have a full page add and also be sending them some copies of R&RJiS for the charity auction. Here is the link to the big convention web site if you want to go check it out: http://www.ic2014.com/ Here is a copy of the advertisement: 

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1 July 14 - 'Raegan and RJ in Space' is featured in a Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) E-blast which went out to thousands of Christian small publishers and book stores.

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14 June 14: 'Drawing Raegan and RJ in Space - Colonizing the Galaxy for Christ' received 5 out of 5 Stars by Readersfavorite.com reveiwers.  Thank you Mr. Stimpson for your wonderful illustrations! See the 'Awards & Reviews' page to read the review!

 

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3 June 14: 'Raegan and RJ in Space' has set up its own YouTube channel where animated videos will be posted! 'Go Raegan and RJ in Space - on YouTube!' Here is the link:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFf8fxsHrJnaFk3JGpVIsRQ 

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1 May 14: The 2014 CSPA catalogue is out!!  R&RJiS is being advertised in the 'Christian Small Publisher's Association' 2014 online and print catalogue!  This catalogue gets distributed to book retailers! Praying we get some sales!  If I was a book store owner and saw our add, I would think 'wow, this looks like a hit, I will get some for my store!'  Here is a picture of what our add looks like:

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29 Apr 14: 'Raegan and RJ Save the Day' was anounced as a '2014 Pinnacle Graphic Novel Book Award' Winner!  Thank you Ms. Lusong for your wonderful illustrations! See the 'Awards & Reviews' page for more details!

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29 Apr 14: 'Raegan and RJ in Space - Colonizing the Galaxy for Christ' received 5 out of 5 Stars by Readersfavorite.com reveiwers.  Thank you Mr. Stimpson for your wonderful illustrations! See the 'Awards & Reviews' page to read the review!

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5 Apr 2014: Christian Small Publisher's Association add! Today our add for the 2014 CSPA catalogue was finalized. Our add is going to be in their on-line and printed 2014 catalogue that they send to retailers for a whole year! Lord willing some book store owner's will see our awesome graphic novels and buy some! This catalogue is not for consumers, it is for retailers. The CSPA provides copies of it to all of their 8,000 subscribers!  'Go Raegan and RJ in Space!' Here is what it looks like:

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5 March 2014: Carpenter's Son Publishing! Today 'Raegan and RJ Save the Day!' was picked up by a real Christian Publisher! Thank you Ms. Lusong, your illustrations are amazing! The graphic novel will retail for $8.75 in book stores starting in May 2014! Their web site:  https://sites.google.com/site/carpenterssonpublishing/ 

 

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23 January 2014: The author joined the Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA)!  The CSPA exists to represent, promote, and strengthen the small publisher in the Christian marketplace.  Their web site is http://www.christianpublishers.net if you want to check them out.  It is pretty good.  They have a lot of tips and resources if you are an independant author.  We plan on advertising R&RJiS on their web site and also in their annual catalogue.  This will be great!  Even though we are not small publishers since we have the R&RJiS collection so they said no problem.

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27 Oct 13: 'Raegan and RJ Save the Day' received a 5 Star review from Readersfavorite.com and was awarded the seal below.  Thank you Ms Lusing for your ourstanding illustrations!  See the review on the 'Awards and Review' page!

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9 September 13: Today we published the Spanish Version of 'Raegan and RJ in Space!'  Now kids in Spanish speaking countries can enjoy the story!  'Go Raegan and RJ in Space', or as we can now say 'Adelante Raegan y RJ en el Espacio!'  Here is what the cover looks like:

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1 September 13: 'Raegan and RJ in Space: Mission to the 3 Suns' was announced as a 'Readers Favorite' award winner!  See the awards page for details.  Thank you Mr Maffett and Mr Armstrong for your great illustrations!  They only gave out 2 awards for graphic novels this year, out of all that were submitted, and ours was one of them!

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15 July 13: Today the author donated a copy of his award winning graphic novel, Mission to the 3 Suns!, to the US Army at FT Eustis VA, for use in a 'silent auction'.  This novel is the one that is available for free at this web site.  The money raised during the 'silent auction' will be given to the Sodliers who are needy.  It is good to know that something we created out of nothing, with God's help of course, will be used in some small way to help the Soldiers.  I can't believe it!  I hope whoever buys it pays like $15 or $20 for it so it can help a Soldier and his little family. I also made a copy of the awards page from readersfavorite to show it is 'award winning' and put it inside the front cover and maybe that will boost the price!  Isn't God good!  Go Raegan and RJ in Space!  Here is the graphic novel we donated:

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30 June 13: YouTube!!!!! Today 'Raegan and RJ in Space' entered the Youtube!!  Mr Ben Mullins who did the theme song 'Colonize the Galaxy' for the series uploaded the theme song to Youtube!  Here is a screen shot of what the Youtube looks like:

 

Here is the link to go to the Youtube and listen to the theme song on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lueHFmyXQ0s 

'Go Raegan and RJ in Space!' on Youtube!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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10 May 13: KINDLE!!!!!!!!!!! Today the first 'Raegan and RJ in Space' adventure was published on Kindle!  'Mission to the 3 Suns' is the mini-adventure from Alpha Centauri where Raegan and RJ and their friends go on an adventure to place information satellites by each of the 3 suns there!  It is the first professionally illustrated adventure!  It was illustrated by D.L. Maffett and Donald Armstrong!  It is available now at this site as a free downlaod, on Amazon for a hard copy, and now on Kindle!  

Here is the Link for the Kindle version:

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CQ85WNO 

Here is what the Kindle page looks like:

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15 Apr 13: "Raegan and RJ in Space!" was approved by the 'Home Educators Association of Virginia' (HEAV) to advertise for the third time in the "Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV) Magazine" for the Summer May/Jun/Jul 13 Spting edition! This magazine gets sent to over 20,000 homeschool families in  VA quarterly!  This is a great opportunity to introduce R&RJiS to thousands of homeschool families in the great state of Virginia! Here is the link to their site: http://heav.org     if you want to look at it. Here is what the magazine looks like: 

 

Here is what our add looks like: 

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30 Mar 13: 'Chick-fil-a' Happy Meals!  THIS WOULD BE SO COOL!  Well today the author got with one of the very talented artists who did some R&RJiS cover art, and we began planning and thinking about doing the 'Raegan and RJ in Space' happy meals for Chick-fil-a!  We have absolutely no idea if Chick-fil-a would be even interested in a 'happy meal' but we are dreaming big.  The idea will be to have 6 versions, each consisting of an 11"x17" sheet of paper printed both sides with an adventure on it, and one of 6 small action figures - 3 boys and 3 girls.  The sheet of paper will be printed both sides that is folded 4 times into a little square and will consist of a very short version of the graphic novels.  The 6 papers will be one the adventures consisting of either Book 1 where they colonize Alhpa Centauri, Book 2 where they colonize Barnard's Star, and the 4 mini-adventures, for 6 total versions. Then we will get a very simple version of the 6 main kids characters made as little action figures.  That will be 6 different types, consisting of an adventure and a small action figure.  There will be 3 boy versions and 3 girl versions.  We will put them in little zip lock bags.  I don't know how much it will cost, or if Chick-fil-a would be even interested in a little Christian space action adventure type deal for their meals.  Who knows!

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20 Feb 13: 'Go Raegan and RJ in Space!" - IN SPANISH!  Or as we can now say Go 'Raegan y RJ en el Espacio!'  Well the cover is done for the special 'Raegan and RJ in Space!' version done in Spanish!  Here it is!  Isn't it awesome?  Right now the graphic novel is being translated into Spanish!  Some time this summer kids in Spanish speaking countries will be able to blast off with Raegan and RJ!

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27 Jan 13: 'Raegan and RJ in Space!' was listed on a web site called 'CheapestBookPrice.com' for availability to anyone!  The author was just googling 'Raegan and RJ in Space' like I do every once in a while to see what comes up, and there were all our books!  I have never heard of this site before.  I clicked on the prices and they were the same as what amazon sells them for.  I would imagine this site is for 'savvy' insider type book buyers who know all the secrets, who saw the book in a store like 'Barnes & Noble' at the suggested retail price, and then they go to this 'special site' to order it wholesale.  Looks good.  Check it out here is what it looked like: 

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23 Jan 13: We put in a proposal to have R&RJiS Action figures made.  Please go to the 'Free Downloads!' page to #15 and you can see the proposal we submitted to a toy company.  Hopefully it can be done for a reasonable price.  We will keep you informed!  This would be so cool!

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11 Jan 13: 'Hola' (hello) Raegan and RJ in Space fans.  Today R&RJiS started a journey to become a Spanish language graphic novel!  Some time early this year the short version of book 1 will be translated and published in a Spanish version!  Fantastico! (fantastic!);  Asombroso  (amazing)  ! (amazing!); and Adios (good bye!) friends.  We will keep you updated!

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6 Jan 13: 'Raegan and RJ in Space!' was listed on a web site called 'Paperbackswap.com' for availability to it's members!  The author was just googling 'Raegan and RJ in Space' like I do every once in a while to see what comes up, and there was our book.  Check it out here is what it looked like:

I have no idea how it got on that site, but if one of our fans did it, thank you very much!  'Go Raegan and RJ in Space!'

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31 Dec 12: 'Raegan and RJ in Space!' has had it's most popular month yet!  Due to the popularity of the sales, R&RJiS spent an amazing 22 days below the 400,000 mark on amazon!  Considering the over 3 million books and 1 million authors on the site selling books, this is an amazing achievement!  In addition, on 8 Dec 12 R&RJiS was ranked at #113,696!  See the chart below for this amazing news from amazon!  Thank you to all the R&RJiS fans who made this possible!  

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30 Nov 12: CPT Kirk of the Star Trek Enterprise signed a fan poster to 'Raegan and RJ in Space!'  The author went to see Mr William Shatner's one man show 'Shatner's World' at the Ferguson Center in Newport News, VA.  After the show Mr Shatner had a 'meet and greet' and signed fan posters.  The author asked him if he would sign a poster to R&RJiS and he did!  I actually brought a copy of R&RJiS graphic novel 1 in hopes he would sign the front cover of it, or accept a copy, but the crew said he wouldn't sign anything but the posters and they collected everything up we were holding before we got to go up to him, including the copy of the graphic novel.  Oh well.  I was disappointed, along with many other folks who had brought items for him to sign.  But you got to understand their wishes and abide by them because this is his show.  They had everyone in a long line going up to him, and gave everyone a sticky note, and said for everyone to write on the sticky what Mr Shatner was to put on the poster, and as you reached him and he greeted you, you handed him your sticky.  So while in line, I thought why just have my name, why not ask if he'll sign the poster to R&RJiS!  So I wrote that on the sticky, Raegan and RJ in Space, and when I handed it to him as he greeted me he looked at it strangely.  But he did it!  Here is a picture of the poster with what William Shatner (CPT Kirk) signed at the bottom.  It says "To Raegan and RJ in Space William Shatner".  It is kind of hard to read because there were 150 fans, and he was signing and doing photos as fast as he could.  CPT Kirk / Mr Shatner actually said 'Raegan and RJ in Space!' and spelled it out.  He looked at what I had written on the sticky note and he actually spelled it out r, a, e, g, etc. to make sure he got the spelling correct.  Isn't that awesome!   He was very nice and greeted everyone and was very friendly.  Also is a picture of the author and CPT Kirk right after he signed the poster.  And finally a photo off the internet of what Mr Shatner looked like in 1966 when he played CPT Kirk on TV, where he was the captain of the Star Ship 'Enterprise' and was exploring the galaxy.  Go 'Raegan and RJ in Space!'

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14 Nov 12: Duncan Long, world famous book cover artist, who did the 'Raegan and RJ in Space!' trilogy book covers, commented on the new 'Raegan and RJ in Space' Facebook page.  Thank you, sir!  Wow that is awesome!!!!  Here is what his comment looks like:

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9 Nov 12: 'Raegan and RJ in Space!' joins the social media revolution!  Did you know there are over 850 million FACEBOOK users all over the world?  Just think, this will help us tell kids all over the world how great Jesus is!  On this day, 9 Nov 12, the trilogy got a FACEBOOK page at the following address: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raegan-and-RJ-in-Space/172526572885818 .  

Here is what our page looks like:

Go Raegan and RJ in Space!

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28 Sep 12: Web alert! 'Raegan and RJ in Space Book 3: Homecoming' graphic novel, has been linked to the topic of 'hydroponics' by the web search engine company MITRA.  Mitra is a search technique which groups web content by topic when a search on Google is conducted.  If you do a search for 'Raegan and RJ in Space hydroponics' you will get a link to the 'MITRA Agriculture' site and on it at the bottom will be graphic novel 3!  Here is the link to their web page: http://agriculture.mitrasites.com/hydroponics-for-kids.html  This is because in book 3 the kids explore the star ship's hydroponics lab.  Also, Mr Hojnacki did an 'amazing art' of this scene, which is posted to our 'amazing art' web page.  Hydroponics is the science / process of growing food in water and nutrients versus dirt and ground.  The author has been fascinated by this since seeing a working hydroponics lab at EPCOT Disney World in 1976.  All of these web hits made graphic novel 3 popular enough to be linked.  Here is a screen shot of the Mitra web page with our graphic novel at the bottom!

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7 August 12: The author donated a full color set of the trilogy graphic novels and a professionaly framed poster to Menchville Baptist Church of Newport News VA so Christian kids in that church can read the stories and see an awesome professionally framed poster done by Duncan Long.  The intent is for the church to put it in their library or one of their kids rooms.  Here is their web site  http://www.menchvillebaptist.com if you want to go to it and see this wonderful church.  Here is a picture of what it looked like:

Awesome - "Go Raegan and RJ in Space!" http://www.menchvillebaptist.com/  

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7 August 12: Full Color "Raegan and RJ in Space!" trilogy donated to the Liberty Baptist Church of Hampton VA by the author so Christian kids in that church can read the stories.  Here is their web site http://www.lbcmin.com if you want to go to it and see this wonderful church.  The author went to this church to see a Tim Hawkins comedy show this spring and he was sooo funny.  We laughed for three hours straight.  If you have never seen Tim Hawkins go to some of his youtube videos.  Try googling one of his funniest videos "Tim Hawkins Things you don't say to your wife" and click on the youtube video you will laugh so hard.  Here is what we donated:    Here is a link to his youtube video "Things you don't say to your wife!"

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17 July 12: Full Color "Raegan and RJ in Space!" trilogy donated to the Kaneohe Public Library so kids in Hawaii can read the stories.  Here is a link to the Kaneohe library: http://www.librarieshawaii.org/kaneohepl/ if you want to see their site. Trilogy was purchased and donated by Mr. Gerard Lee of Hawaii. Thank you, sir!  Mr Lee has a website where he has displayed some of his work at http://www.theedgeoftheflock.com/links if you would like to visit it.  Here is what the trilogy that was donated looked like:   

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8 Jul 12: "Raegan and RJ in Space!" was featured in a news release by the Christian Comic Arts Society (CCAS) in preparation for an appearance by their members at COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2012 in San Diego!  We are about 3/4's of the way down.  Here is what it said:

Raegan and RJ in Space! is a new graphic novel trilogy for Christian kids, written and illustrated by Rich Collins. These graphic novels tell the story of the first Christians to leave Earth in a star ship to colonize other star systems. Go to the trilogy web site at http://www.raeganandrjinspace.com to download a free adventure, deck plans, character details, and to listen to the theme songs for each book.

Here is R&RJiS in the press realease:

Here is the link to the CCAS news release: http://live.hollywoodjesus.com/?p=10408  if you would like to see it. Thank you FrontGateMedia and Mr Scott Shuford of the CCAS! 

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3 July 12: Full Color "Raegan and RJ in Space!" trilogy donated to Groninger Library on FT Eustis, VA so military kids can read the stories.  Here is a link to the Groninger library http://www.groningerlibrary.com/ if you want to see their site.  Trilogy was purchased and donated by the author.  Here is what the trilogy that was donated looked like:

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30 June 12: A fan if Mr. Duncan Long, who did the book cover art for R&RJiS, commented on his blog about the covers that were done by the artist.  Here is what he said about Duncan Long and our book covers: "You are a fantastic science fiction illustrator. The artwork you did for this book cover is amazing."   """  he called

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June 2012: Mr. Gerard Lee of Hawaii who purchased and read both the digital and hard copies of the graphic novel trilogy, wrote the following on his web site: "Raegan and RJ in Space! by Richard Collins is a Christian comic/story book trilogy. Lovingly illustrated, these full color books are available for a small charge as downloads and also as lovely full color books. Perfect for parents and children to spend time together reading." "

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7 June 12: Duncan Long, world famous cover artist, wrote about creating the R&RJiS book covers in his blog.  Here is the link to his blog http://duncanlong.com/blog/?p=4401  if you want to go look at it.  Here is what Mr. Long wrote: Got word today that the science fiction graphic novel trilogy of “Raegan and RJ in Space” is now in print and available for purchase. Written and illustrated by retired Army officer Richard Collins, these books are aimed at intermediate and YA readers. They’re also unique in that they present a Christian message as well.  While the author handled most of the illustrations for the book himself (including very detailed plans of the spaceship and its inner compartments and systems), I was charged with creating covers for each of the titles along with a large poster of the space ships and characters.  The trick to these projects was consistently capturing the likeness of the two kids who appeared on each cover — but at different ages as the story progressed. Once the first characters were locked in, the real work began with book two and three, making them age so they looked older but were still recognizable. Fortunately the author/publisher was also an artist who could offer good suggestions when I painted myself into a corner a time or two.  You learn more about these YA science fiction adventures at the Raegan and RJ in Space web site.

Here is  a picture of Mr Long's blog post for us:

 

 7 Jun7We can't thank Duncan Long enough for our wonderful covers and poster!