Into the Sun, the second volume in the epic sci-fi series, The Underfoot, is a fast-paced graphic novel full of daring escapes, heroic rescues, and devious cunning. It presents a world in which the tiniest creatures demonstrate the greatest feats of strength, courage, and friendship, leaving you fully invested in their furry fate…
It has been untold years since the Giants-That-Were disappeared, leaving behind the animals forever changed by their strange science. Now, granted the gifts of intelligence and self-awareness, the valiant Hamster Aquatic Mercenaries and their new allies, the Hamster Airborne Paratroopers, struggle to keep their hordes alive in a dangerous world.
In The Underfoot: Into the Sun, H.A.M. has joined forces with H.A.P., using their differing gifts and combined knowledge to explore new territory and aid “clients” with problems both on land and in the Great Wide above. After priceless Giants-That-Were artifacts vanish from storage and one of their allies is double-crossed by deadly “stingers,” H.A.M. and H.A.P. find themselves at the center of a plot far more sinister than anything they’ve faced before. But it’s not just supplies that have gone missing; hamsters have begun disappearing, too. The mysterious dots are finally connected when a third hamster colony arrives, bringing clues that reveal an insidious plan of annihilation by Hashak, leader of the “scales” and sworn enemy of the “fur.” Soon, Hashak will use the Giants’ deadly technology and the labor of kidnapped hamsters to complete her secret weapon. Will the three allied hamster hordes succeed in their most dangerous mission yet, or will everything — and everyone — they know succumb to Hashak’s terrible scheme?
Ben is the award-winning author of various comics and short stories, including the critically-acclaimed The Great Divide and the best-selling Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon with his cat and an increasingly unwieldy collection of board games. When things get too quiet, he records music under the name Tesla Deathray Survivors Anonymous.
Emily S. Whitten is an attorney, comics and fiction writer, pop culture journalist and program host, TV and audio media personality, and convention organizer. Since writing The Underfoot, she also delights in traveling all over the country as a guest at pop culture conventions, to meet fans and talk about the series. Emily resides in the greater D.C. area, and in her copious spare time, she enjoys crafting, reading, exploring the great outdoors, and looking after her tiny hamster.
Michelle Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American illustrator and comic artist based in Portland, Oregon. After obtaining her Fine Arts degree from Portland State University and leaving the gallery scene, she pursued and obtained her lifelong dream of working in comics. Michelle has previously illustrated the Reckstar webcomic, and contributed artwork to the Misadventures of Grumpy Cat & Pokey series (Dynamite) and the Ignatz and Eisner-award winning anthology Elements:Fire (Beyond Press). The Underfoot: The Mighty Deep was her first fully illustrated graphic novel. Michelle enjoys life in the pacific northwest with her equally artistic high-school-sweetheart-turned-spouse, Adrian Ricker, and their significantly stupid cat and ridiculously cute dog.