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My name – Al Holt – is not well known…yet. So let me give you a bit of background. In about two minutes, after you’ve finished reading this tale, you’ll probably think never forget it.

In June of ’93, at the ripe old age of eleven, my life was flipped upside down when I had an AVM hemorrhage (you’d call it a stroke). This affected my balance, fine motor skills, coordination, vision, hearing, eating, and ability to speak clearly. After numerous surgeries (and a LOT of effort), I was able to re-impose structure in my life, becoming a talented and productive member of society.

Much of the credit for this rousing success must go to my elementary school coach for teaching me to never give up. Because the reality is if it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be here today.

And because of positive input from others, my outlook on life has totally changed. I live every day like it was my last, and even though I can no longer draw well, I’ve learned how to express art through words and to communicate with illustrators to accurately get my message across.

Today I can look at my track record of having completed a feature film script trilogy about my original crime fighting super human. I’ve been trained to expand my 30 page spec scripts to 120 page super giants of stage direction. And after spending three years writing fairly continuously, I recently returned to my spec scripts, and have planned out a 13 show origins season.

All because I wanted to put my crime fighter in comic book form. Yet I achieved so much more than just that, and an additional 11 original graphic novel titles and a book surfaced.

And though many of these projects lack adequate funding, I refuse to abandon hope. This commitment was reinforced for me when I met an Australian musician who battles chronic pain because he’s convinced his topic and message are certain to positively affect the world.

I’ve dedicated myself to this mission, and I invite you to join me on the journey.

 

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