Indiana author Richard Rose poses with his screenplay book “Comic Crusaders” Friday. Photo by Jackie Gorski, Times-Union.
Indiana author Richard Rose poses with his screenplay book “Comic Crusaders” Friday. Photo by Jackie Gorski, Times-Union.
Indiana author Richard Rose has published a screenplay he wrote in book form titled “Comic Crusaders.”

Rose said publishers found readers in Japan like to read screenplays that are written out in book form, so they decided to do it in America.

The preface for the book came from when he and his brother did comic strips in grade school, Rose said, creating superheroes at the time.

“But you had to have plots and dialogue,” Rose said.

The two started doing satire with the comics when they got to high school, but the characters would be real people in Kokomo, such as the mayor and the principal of the school.

“That’s where it started,” Rose said.

He then thought about the idea of a kid, whose father is a cartoonist, drawing a comic strip. The father goes missing mysteriously. The kid uses a magic pen to draw a comic hero called D’Archangel, thinking the superhero will help him find his father. However, the main character unwittingly unleashes a supervillian and his dark legion, who want to eventually escape from the comic book world and take over the real world.

“It sounds serious, but it’s really lighthearted,” Rose said, also saying it’s geared more toward children.

Rose said the book shows that power can corrupt. He said he didn’t write with any theme in mind, but if there is one it would that power corrupts.

“Comic Crusaders” was published Nov. 28 by Savant Books and Publications and is available at Amazon, Ingram and Barnes and Noble. “Comic Crusaders” also can be purchased off the publisher’s website.

At this point, Rose said only the physical screenplay novel is available with the Kindle version coming a year after publication of the physical copy.

At 255 pages, Rose said the book is a quick read.

Rose is originally from Kokomo, receiving a bachelor of arts degree from Wabash College. That’s when he started writing, he said. Some of the short stories he wrote were published by literary magazines.

Rose has written other books such as “The Lazarus Conspiracies.”

Rose resides in Chicago with a house at Tippecanoe Lake.

Visit Rose’s website at www.richardroseonline.com.