Michael Jan FriedmanThis is a new superhero comic novel by Michael Jan Friedman, called ‘I Am The Salamander’.

Michael Jan Friedman is the author of 70 books of fiction and non-fiction, about half of them set somewhere in the Star Trek universe. He created the characters that would crew the Star Trek: Stargazer series of books. He also co-wrote the story for the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Resistance”. Ten of his titles have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. Friedman has also written for network and cable television, radio, more than 150 comic books, most of them for DC Comics.

Here is the kickstarter project:

Tim Cruz is gradually turning into something he never would have imagined possible, something stupid and horrifying and, frankly, kind of disgusting. That’s why he keeps telling himself: Don’t freak out.

“Tim is the protagonist of my new book, a young adult adventure novel I call I Am The Salamander. I’m more passionate about this book than any other I’ve ever written, and I’ve written my share — seventy, in fact, the vast majority of them for major publishers like Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, and Random House.”

“I didn’t set out to make Tim Cruz a kid who had cancer,” Friedman said. “But when you read I Am The Salamander, you’ll see why it makes perfect sense for Tim to have beaten that disease, and why he’s in a position to offer hope to real teens trying to beat cancer themselves. And let’s face it, hope is what superheroes do best.”

“But I wouldn’t ask you to support the ‘I Am The Salamander’ campaign just because it’s a worthwhile thing to do. I’m asking because it’s also the best thing I’ve ever written, and because I want to get it out to readers the most direct way possible.”

“The publishing landscape has changed,” said Friedman. “It’s harder than ever to get publishers to take a chance on a story, especially a quirky one like ‘I Am The Salamander’. And when they do, the book’s shelf life is shorter than that of a jar of half-sour pickles.”

“I want ‘I Am The Salamander’ to be around for a good long time,” he said. “That means I have to get it in the hands of readers on my own, and I have to keep it available to them.”

Michael Jan Friedman is trying to raise $5,000. These is to cover the cost of book design and printing. The book’s cover was rendered by up-and-coming Brazilian talent Caio Cacau.

Visit Michael’s kickstarter page for more information and to help with the funding of the comic book

Follow Michael on Twitter @FriedmanMJ

Visit Michael’s website michaeljanfriedman.net