Bravethings of Mem
CALVIN & HOBBES x WIZARD OF OZ x POKÉMON
Scaries. Every kid’s got em. But for scrawny 12-year-old Mem, those Scaries are for real—and they’re threatening Mem’s very existence. When a rare blood disease returns from remission, it turns Mem’s world into a nightmare, completely ruining everything—Mem’s summer, friendships, even Mem’s googly-eyed rock collection. With the help of a magical new friend and a wise goldfish, Mem finds comfort & quiet in the “Innie”, an imaginative world without the pressures and fears of “Outtie” life. But when Scaries invade the “Innie”, Mem must embark on a quest to save it from the Scary King and his flying fear-makers. This is an emotionally-charged tale of hope, bravery, friendship and overcoming big fears.
Age Range:Middle Grade
Genre:Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction
Page Count Estimate:80-100
This idea was born with my oldest son. The first week of his life was spent in the NICU. The reason wasn’t serious at all—but that wasn’t the case for many of the other kids there. Every day, my wife and I would trek from her room down to the NICU. It was filled with terrified parents & kiddos. A glimpse into a very brave & unstable world. A strange community of hope & isolation. Every kid got a “fabric doll”, made by the local Girl Scout troop. The mothers slept with the doll the first night, transferring their scent to it. Then the doll was placed in the child’s incubator for the remainder of their stay. The creativity & comfort was inspiring. This is my attempt at replicating that…maybe for one of those kids from the NICU.
Tom is a cartoonist & creative marketing executive in Michigan. He has two missions in his work: inspire bravery through the power of creativity, and motivate reluctant & ADHD readers through the power of cartooning. He is the founder of Doodle Gooder™ — a network of 500 global doodlers that created uplifting artwork for hospitalized children from 2015–2017—and the creator of Booty Dash™—an ADHD-friendly card game. He and his wife are currently tinkering on two 2040 model-year adults.