A Beat Comics Original:

Welcome to Failing to Quit, a six part webcomic by Daniel McCloskey that shows how a dyslexic kid on the verge of failing English went to college for writing and eventually got a book deal.

Cloud Town, his debut graphic novel, comes out in April from Abrams’ Amulet line. He created this short series of autobio comics to tell the story of how Cloud Town came to be, and we’re proud to publish them for the first time here on The Beat.


McCloskey is the founder of the Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers project, and an employee at Mission Comics in San Francisco. He’s also a second generation cartoonist: his father is Toon Books author Kevin McCloskey.

He notes that today, February 2nd, is World Read Aloud Day, an event which “calls attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read-aloud!” In that spirit, McCloskey dedicates this first strip to his 6th Grade teacher (spoiler for a future installment).

So here exclusively is the first installment of Failing to Quit.




Daniel can be found at @beancandan on most social media.

You can order Daniel’s debut graphic novel, Cloud Town, from your local comic book retailer, and ask about the extra goodies available at danielmccloskey.com/store-owner-portal.