Illustration Alumnus Publishes First Graphic Novel

"Cleopatra in Space," written and illustrated by CCAD alumnus Mike Maichak. Image courtesy Scholastic.

"Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice," written and illustrated by CCAD alumnus Mike Maihack. Image courtesy www.cowshell.com.

Illustration alumnus Mike Maihack (CCAD 2002) recently published his first graphic novel, Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice.

The action-packed story centers on heroine Cleopatra—a 15-year-old girl who is transported to the future and tasked with saving the galaxy.

Readers familiar with CCAD may notice a subtle nod to the author's alma mater: one of the characters in the book, Admiral Hazlerig, is named after CCAD Illustration Professor Mark Hazlerig.

Maihack is the creator of the popular webcomic Cow & Buffalo and  illustrator of the all-ages card game Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule. He has contributed art and stories to books including Jim Henson's The Storyteller; Cow Boy; Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities; and the Eisner- and Harvey-Award-winning Comic Book Tattoo.

View the official trailer for the book here.

Maihack is from Odessa, FL, and attended Bloomingdale Senior High School.