The Book of Joel: Volume One

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Fortunus Games, Oct 9, 2021 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 181 pages

Those who know him well (such as Sam Abramov and Malka Spitzer) say he’s like a cactus - soft on the inside and prickly on the outside. This is the story of Joel Farber - debate enthusiast, stamp collector, and seeker of truth.

Join Joel as he grows up on the Lower East Side of New York City, as he falls in love with the perceptive Malka, copes with his shockingly low self-esteem, struggles to free himself from his dysfunctional family, and wrestles with the remnants of a childhood stutter.

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About the author (2021)

Imelda Wei Ding Lo is a multi-disciplinary writer, artist, podcaster, and game developer who is passionate about story-telling mediums that explore character psychology and development. 

She is the founder of Fortunus Games, an indie game company that is currently working on “Sam in New York,” a multi-media project in the form of a visual novel (coming soon!) and graphic novels "Sam in New York" and "The Book of Joel."

Imelda also hosts the podcast, “The Nuts and Bolts of Writing,” which explores the intricacies of character and plot development in fiction, particularly focusing on historical and modernist fiction. In addition to talking about her own experiences with “Sam in New York,” she also interviews other indie creators about their works. Recently, she has been interviewing authors about their experiences writing historical fiction. “The Nuts and Bolts of Writing” is available on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other platforms, which are all linked on the podcast’s profile ( 

Follow her on Instagram @fortunusgames and check out her website ( for more information.

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