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(Publishing-NewsWire.com, September 29, 2021 ) – Denver, CO and White Plains, NY – Outskirts Press—the fastest-growing, full-service self-publishing and book marketing company—has just released a unique new graphic novel by award-winning author Kevin Vachna. Obsolete: A Teacher’s Tale (of tomorrow, today!) is a thrilling adventure set in the not-so-distant future, where technology is invisibly engrained in every aspect of life—even inside people.
Crime, disease and poverty are all but extinct in Vachna’s dystopian novel. Democracy is decided in real-time with lightning-fast ease. Holographic projections are at everyone’s fingertips in a world of constant entertainment and communication. But there’s a problem: the kids are all becoming hyperactive, disconnected screen-addicts.
The America Learns Initiative (ALI), a federal program under the Department of Restructure, has a solution: The Success Spheres! Championing the mantra “Do nothing and learn!” this state-of-the-art technology promises to save the failing school system, its students and its teachers, once and for all.
After an unauthorized history lesson, Professor T is reassigned to one of the worst performing schools around. There, unlikely allies and hidden threats lead T to revelations about a conspiracy with sinister roots—and what he discovers threatens to overturn the ALI’s Success Sphere program and the very foundations of society itself.
As a teacher with over ten years of classroom experience, award-winning author (Something You Can See Right Through and All Roads Lead to Here), and frequent media expert on themes involving technology and culture (including “Talking Technophobia in Film” and “The Local Live”), Kevin Vachna’s life has centered on pedagogy, analysis and storytelling. He has been witness, participant and victim in the drastic transformation of the New York City public school system, which has embraced detrimental practices under the guise of technological reform.
“There are computers in every classroom, but students enter through metal detectors and body-searches. More often than not, teachers are encouraged to use media such as YouTube to entertain and pacify students while they are passed through to graduation,” Vachna explains. “Like parts in a machine, overworked teachers are replaced by younger, cheaper ones. Students graduate into a world in which they are wildly underprepared to participate and prosper. The What-If, nightmare scenario of where this path might lead and the underlying dangers for society are realized in the world and characters of Obsolete.”
Learn more about the author at outskirtspress/Obsolete.
At 224 pages, Obsolete is available online through Outskirts Press. It is also sold through Amazon and Barnes and Noble for a maximum trade discount in quantities of 10 or more and is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the comic / graphic novel category.
ISBN: 978-1-9772-3526-8 Format: 7 x 10 color paperback Retail: $29.95 iPad: $9.99
Genre: COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Science Fiction
About the Author: Kevin Vachna was employed as a high school English teacher at a New York City public school in the Bronx for ten years. He holds an English Literature MA from Lehman College and a Master’s in School Administration. At the age of 21, Kevin published a short novel, Summer of the Fall, and spent the next few summers editing a second, experimental novel, Not All Vampires Suck Blood and a screenplay, End of the World. The completion of Obsolete in 2019 came on the footsteps of his exit from the New York City Department of Education. Currently, Kevin teaches English at a private high school in Westchester, New York, and hosts a film discussion show on television.
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