SARATOGA — Byron Dane Turner, creator, writer and illustrator from Saratoga is debuting his new comic book series at Albany Comic-Con on June 2. The comic is based on a children’s book series, The Caped Costumers Costumed Capers, created by Turner in 2015. The first issue will be a 48-page double-sized origin issue of the main characters.
The book series, The Caped Costumers Costumed Capers, is about five pre-teen heroes; Ice Tween, Hotfoot, Bananapants, Kid Superflex and the Rainbow Bat. Since then, four other books have been published and enjoyed by children worldwide. The books are recommended for kids between 7 and 11 years old. However, the comics are for all ages, children as well as adults.
Turner has been writing and drawing for over 20 years, but says he first got into writing children’s books by becoming a father.
“I was doing comic material that would be... more adult-oriented something that you would see in like heavy metal magazines, then I became a dad and I shift focus,” Turner said.
“I started looking at the comic book medium and there wasn’t a lot of things out there for kids anymore so instead of doing comics I decided to do some kids picture books first; I wanted to do them for my daughters,” he added. Of the five main characters in the comic book series, three of them are girls.
Albany Comic-Con will take place on June 2 at the Red Lion Hotel located at 205 Wolf Rd. in Albany where Turner can be found in “Artist Alley.” There will be a limited run of 100 copies of the comic book. Each one will be individually numbered and signed by Turner. Also available will be his original children’s book and other original artwork. More copies will be made available at a later date at comic book specialty shops throughout the Northeast.