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NMSU alumnus releases fantasy trilogy based in NM

A New Mexico State University alumnus has released a trilogy of books with the help of students in NMSU’s English Department.


Book cover of “Dream Traveler”
"Journey of the Spirit Man" is the first book in George Mendoza's "Wizards Fight Funny" trilogy. The fantasy series follows a man trying to escape a mystical world and is set in New Mexico. Mendoza is a 1978 graduate of New Mexico State University. (Photo courtesy of George Mendoza).
Book cover of “Dream Traveler”
"Dream Traveler" is the second book in George Mendoza's "Wizards Fight Funny" trilogy. The fantasy series follows a man trying to escape a mystical world and is set in New Mexico. Mendoza is a 1978 graduate of New Mexico State University. (Photo courtesy of George Mendoza).
Book cover of “Heart of the Spirit Man”
"Heart of the Spirit Man" is the third book in George Mendoza's "Wizards Fight Funny" trilogy. The fantasy series follows a man trying to escape a mystical world and is set in New Mexico. Mendoza is a 1978 graduate of New Mexico State University. (Photo courtesy of George Mendoza)

George Mendoza, who graduated from NMSU in 1978 from the individualized studies department in the College of Arts and Sciences, is best known as an artist who, despite being legally blind, has painted whole exhibitions, which have been shown in New York and in a National Smithsonian Affiliates traveling art exhibit.

Previously, with the help of author Jessica Powers, Mendoza had put out “Colors of the Wind: The Story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza,” a children’s book that Mendoza illustrated.

“The series is called ‘Wizards Fight Funny,’ and it’s a science-fiction/fantasy series about a man named Michael ‘Spirit Man’ Seymour,” Mendoza said. “I describe it as ‘Wizard of Oz’ meets ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Maze Runner,’ ‘Dark Tower.’”

The three books, “Journey of the Spirit Man,” “Dream Traveler,” and “Heart of the Spirit Man,” are based in New Mexico and feature illustrations by Mendoza. Seymour, after suffering numerous tragedies in his life, passes through a magical gate into a world where he’ll have to forgive himself and those who perpetrated the tragedies that led him here in order to escape.

“The main character is based off of my son, Michael, and myself,” Mendoza said.

Mendoza wrote the books using a sophisticated voice-to-text computer program. He also enlisted the aid of NMSU creative writing and English students, who received academic internship credits for their work.

“I’m very thankful to the provost, Dan Howard, Craig Holden, Jessica Powers, and all the students for their help in getting these books out within the last six months,” Mendoza said.

The “Wizards Fight Funny” series is available for download on Amazon in eBook format.