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8-year-old sneaks his handwritten comic book onto library shelf, now it has a years-long waitlist

After using a novel strategy to get their first book into the hands of readers, a new author has drawn a lot of attention.

Late last year, Dillon Helbig, 8, and his grandmother were visiting the Ada Community Library’s Lake Hazel Branch in Boise, Idaho, when he made the decision that it would be the ideal time to publish his 81-page comic book.

In the hopes that someone might check it out, he left his book, “The Adventures of Dillon Helbig’s Crismis,” on the shelf.

To his amazement, his book now has a backlog that is over 50 people long after being formally processed and catalogued.

The 8-year-old told Good Morning America, “I always had a love for books and libraries and I wanted to put my book in the library Centre since I was 5.

Susan Helbig, Dillon’s mother, called the library and requested them not to discard her son’s self-published book after finding out where it was.

She was shocked to hear that they had decided against getting rid of it since it was “much too clearly exceptional a thing.”

Branch manager Alex Hartman told The Washington Post that it was a cunning act.

Whether it was a cunning move or not, Hartman claimed he didn’t believe it was a “self-promotion thing.”

He merely wanted other people to be able to appreciate his story, in all sincerity.


The library made the required arrangements to enable cardholders to borrow Dillion’s comic book.

Unfortunately, readers will have to wait a bit to read Dillion’s story, which includes vibrant graphics. 55 library card users are reportedly waiting for the book, and each one can borrow it for up to four weeks, according to People.

The Jacket Eating Closet,” a comic book by Dillion that is based on a true story, is already in the works.

“We love him very much. He keeps himself occupied for hours and days on end, as evidenced by the drawings and novels he produces, according to his mother. The fact that he had the guts to place this one on the shelf was quite awesome. He managed to get it in there because he wanted it to.

Dillon, if you keep it up, you’ll succeed.

Please tell your loved ones about this motivational story.

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