For Evan Scheidegger, storytelling isn't just about words. It's about pictures, too.
Scheidegger, 44, is the first-time author and illustrator of a new children's book, "I Was a Superhero Last Night," released in December by Tate Publishing. A 20-year resident of Yorktown, he greeted folks at a book-signing session at Aromas World in Williamsburg on Saturday.
The book took a year to write and illustrate, with Scheidegger saying that "time is the biggest commodity." But the idea originated years ago, when he would tell bedtime stories to his two children, Emma, now 15, and Tye, now 12.
"I Was a Superhero Last Night" is the story of Little Otter and his father, Big Otter, who would tell stories each night at bedtime in which Little Otter is a hero. He might be a brave knight or cunning spy or even a heroic space ranger. But what happens when Big Otter can't think of a story to tell Little Otter? Well, you'll have to read it to find out.
In real life, Scheidegger said, "My daughter wanted me to read stories from books, but my son wanted original stories. He wanted to sort of be the star of the story."
Scheidegger said he has ideas for future children's books, too.
"Now that my kids are older and more self-sufficient, it's a little easier to find time to do this," he said.
For advice on writing and publishing, Scheidegger said he turned to his friend Narielle Living, the author of several books, including "Revenge of the Past" and "Signs of the South."
Scheidegger is a 1992 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied graphic arts. He currently works as a professional designer and animator, creating Flash animations for online training courses.
"It's a little less interesting than illustrating a children's book, but I like it," he said.
He added: "I've always been an illustrator at heart."
For more: Find "I Was a Superhero Last Night" for $15 on Amazon.com.