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DeAngelo Christmas Archive

Every year, Michael and Rhianna release a holiday themed bookmark that they send out to friends, families, and fans.

As new years come and go, we don’t want to forget our earlier stories.  This page will be the place to go if you ever want to see the adventures from the past, as well as the awesome bookmark art to go with it!

2015: Marriage, the Adventure Begins

These were given out as party favors for Michael and Rhianna’s wedding.  Since they met because of Michael’s writing and Rhianna’s art, a bookmark sounded like a perfect idea.  They worked with Leonardo Borazio to design a truly adventurous-looking scene.

There was no story tie-in with this bookmark.


2016: Christmas Wishes

The first official holiday bookmark, this one was put together with even more care and foresight than the wedding favors.  Michael and Rhianna came up with a concept, sent it over to Leo, and had him refine it into the spectacular thing you see above.

2016 was also the first year that there was a tie-in story to go along with the holiday art.  In Christmas Wishes,  the DeAngelo family make a wish at the sight of the first snow, and are surprised later when they’re whisked away to Tellest, where they meet the one-and-only Santa Claus.  He sends them on an adventure to help him save Christmas that year, and they get into a whole mess of trouble!

The back of the bookmark was put together by Michael.


2017: First Christmas

The second annual holiday bookmark.  The tradition continued, with Leo developing the front of the bookmark to the specifications determined by Michael and Rhianna.

2017 also continued the tie-in story elements of the Christmas tradition.  In First Christmas,  the DeAngelo family return to visit Santa, but are surprised that they not only traveled through space, but also in time, and requested to help save Santa’s very first Christmas!

The back of the bookmark was put together by Hozure.


2018: Little Christmas

The third annual holiday bookmark.  Once more, the DeAngelo family produced a holiday bookmark with some help from Leo Borazio.

A big change happened in 2018: Rhianna wrote the story that year!  Little Christmas is a rare treat from Rhianna (who Michael has begged to write more for Tellest).  In the story, the DeAngelo family learn about magic in the smallest of places, and get some interesting gifts at the end of the tale.

The back of the bookmark was put together by Paul Davies.


2019: Christmas Feast

The fourth annual holiday bookmark.  In 2019, a new member of the family began going on adventures to the North Pole in Tellest.  This was Maisie’s first time on the bookmark, which was once again illustrated by Leo Borazio.

Michael returned to writing the 2019 Christmas story, but the outline was created by Rhianna.  With Maisie added to the family in late 2018, it was time to give her a lovely story debut.  Christmas Feast is filled with just as much love and adventure as previous tales, but it focuses a bit more on the newest member of the DeAngelo family.  It’s also a slightly less dangerous foray into the land of Christmas magic, though shenanigans are sure to occur.

The back of the bookmark was put together by Cristiano Reina.


2020: Christmas Escape

The fifth annual holiday bookmark.  2020 was a strange year, and we immortalized it in our Christmas story by making it one we had to escape, hence the name.  Everyone still had a wonderful time, even though there were some scary moments.  At the end of the day though, we wanted this Christmas tale to be one filled with levity, considering everything that went on this year.  As is tradition, the front image was illustrated by Leo Borazio.

Michael continued writing the Christmas story in 2020, delivering the longest Christmas Chronicle to date.  All that time practicing getting up the word count for Quantum Quest and Wild Magic really paid off!  Christmas Escape is a fun and joy-filled adventure that hints at the stories to come.


2021: Christmas Revelations

The sixth annual holiday bookmark.  2021 saw the culmination of years of storycraft, as threads that were introduced in the very first Christmas story came to fruition.  This Viking-themed Christmas Revelations was a lot of fun, but it was also the longest Christmas story to date, and required a good amount of time after Christmas in order to wrap it up.  Still, it felt well worth it, and it helped to wrap a nice ribbon around the first big story beats of the DeAngelo Christmas Chronicles.  Once again, the front image was illustrated by Leo Borazio.

The back of the bookmark was put together by Wern Szuen Lee, who had begun working with Michael on character art throughout the year.

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