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Everyday monster Shump has a chance encounter with three mysterious creatures that turn his boring life upside down and send him on a wondrous adventure. Written and illustrated by James Zintel.

James Zintel is a cartoonist/illustrator based out of Saskatoon. He has been a self publishing for over ten years, producing the humour comic strips Gary and Ted as well as Bear Factoids. His current work includes two recently launched comics "SpaceSquatch" and "Shump" and the upcoming "Saskatchewan A to Z" from MacIntyre Purcell Publishing. All of his work past and present can be found at 


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Don't forget to check out the continuing story at James' website.

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