Lyka is a ten-year-old girl who lives with her family in a secluded city where humanity desperately tries to protect itself against a toxic, fungal-infested earth. Her father works in a factory, but his asthma worsens every day. Lyka worries for her father's well-being while tagging along with him to the factory. She finds a mysterious book tossed aside by two factory workers being interrogated by a Peacekeeper soldier. As she reads it, she finds it's about medicinal plants with one plant, being able to treat asthma. But the plant grows in the farthest region outside of the city, far beyond everything she knows...
Age Range:Middle Grade, Young Adult
Page Count Estimate:250-300
I created this project because of my love for the post-apocalyptic genre, but also because I wanted to explore how children would feel growing up in such a hostile environment. I also wanted to focus on how powerful the love a child has for their family and the lengths they would go to help them.
Kayla Gilliam is an independent cartoonist living in the dense suburban jungles of North Carolina. Her prior works include illustrating TOKOYO: THE SAMURAI'S DAUGHTER and contributing to the Ringo and Eisner nominated SENSORY: LIFE ON THE SPECTRUM. When she's not juggling her nieces and nephew and her many dogs and cats, she enjoys reading and collecting manga.