In Failing to Quit by Daniel McCloskey, the six-part prequel series to the cartoonist’s upcoming debut graphic novel, Cloud Town, readers will discover the story of a dyslexic kid who, once upon a time, was on the verge of failing English class… but who eventually goes to college for writing and eventually gets a book deal!

Failing to Quit

Failing to Quit

McCloskey created the short series of autobio comics as an origin story for Cloud Town. The founder of the Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers project, McCloskey is a second generation cartoonist: his father is Toon Books author Kevin McCloskey.

Meanwhile, the graphic novel to which Failing to Quit leads, Cloud Town, will be arriving from Abrams’ Amulet line in April 2022. Cloud Town tells the story of Pen and Olive, two best friends who live in the impoverished eponymous community, which is located on Floating Island.

McCloskey dedicated the first strip to Mr. Hartle, his sixth-grade teacher, who recommended the Young Writer’s Institute, a summer school program that was instrumental in his journey to writing success, and continued to play a key role in McCloskey’s life. Reportedly, the six-part series has become a hit in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, which is where Mr. Hartle lived.

A Beat Comics Original

Failing to Quit is a Beat Comics Original, and you can read it here on The Beat’s site, or over on our instagram page @comicsbeat. So far, the first four parts have been released, with the penultimate chapter to be posted here on The Beat tomorrow, Friday, February 11th, 2022, and the final installment following on Monday, February 14th, 2022.

Have you had the opportunity to read Failing to Quit yet? Are you planning on picking up Cloud Town when it arrive in April? The Beat wants to hear from you! Let us know what you’re thinking in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat.

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