New Comic with Unusual Topic Selling Fast at SacAnime

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SACRAMENTO --

A new series comic with an unusual topic is selling out at this year's SacAnime.

In a row of booths dedicated to rainbows and imagination at this year's SacAnime, one seems to be a little too real.

"It's not only just escapism material, it's got something there that's come from somebody else," said James Schumacher, writer of "Inheritance."

Schumacher is promoting "Inheritance," a comic with an unusual subject -- cancer.

"When I was 11 years old, she was diagnosed with cancer for the first time," he said.

Inspired by his mother Jacqueline, who lost her battle with cancer after nearly two decades, "Inheritance" showcases a family's struggle to overcome evil spirits.

Schumacher's partner in crime is illustrator James Burton.

"When I met James, it came on the edge of two personal tragedies. His life and my life at the same time. So when we met, for lack of a better term, it was like finding a soulmate," Schumacher said.

A soulmate who understood that same struggle --  as a cancer survivor himself.

"My wife and I were expecting our first child, and six weeks after she was born, I collapsed at work," Burton said.

In 2007, the Rocklin native was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma B Cell Variant, an extremely rare form of cancer.  He lost his 9-to-5 job and his house, but not his dignity.

"I got to look at life as, 'I just have to keep breathing," he said.

Miraculously, he's been in remission since 2009. By chance, the two men met and started a collaboration that would become "Inheritance."

Schumacher's mother would be proud to know, the two just signed a nine-series deal with a publisher -- and that the first issue of the comic about cancer has sold out at SacAnime.

"To see her essence of a little girl and her son who are so connected to each other, that not only death can break that. I think she'd be really excited," Schumacher said.

"People survive. People make it through that kind of stuff. When you see something kind of scary, that's the whole point of it. The point is, persevere. Get through it. You're going to come out of it on the other side," Burton said.

For more information on Inheritance, head to: http://www.outpouringcomics.com/

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