Kids Comics Pitchfest Showcase
Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents. A panel of judges (click here to see the juror list) select the top pitches. Projects are archived here so that industry pros may view them and discover new talent.
Tree and rock gnomes have been sharing the same forest for generations. The first live in harmony with most plants and animals, while the second live underground, mining resources for their town. The two tribes have been quarreling, competing and belittling each other since the beginning of time. When a wildfire irreversibly destroys their habitat, each community sends one of theirs to find a new home. The sensitive Laurel faces the resourceful Zeph on a perilous journey to bring back hope to their respective tribe. Fate will bring them together deep underground where they will overcome doubt and prejudice for the survival of their tribes.
Age Range:Middle Grade
Genre:Adventure, Conservation & Environment, Fantasy, Fiction
Page Count Estimate:200
The last few years have shown that our planet keeps changing, a pandemic, droughts, storms, wildfires and global warming have become the norm. The challenges we face are humongous and often lead to polarization. I believe the solution for a bright future will be for Humans to work together and go beyond cultural difference, and prejudice. We will need to leverage each other’s strengths and understand each other weaknesses to overcome these testing times. This story is an environmental allegory of today’s challenges. It shows how two rival tribes will be affected by a common disruptive event, how they will respond and realize they need to join forces to find a new home. It brings optimism, humor, and hope for our ever-changing world.
I was born in Switzerland and spent most of my childhood and teenage years roaming the mountains, chasing unique landscapes, light and moments with family and friends. Later, I completed a master in environmental engineering, worked as a water resources engineer in New Zealand for 10 years before becoming a lecturer in water and wastewater engineering. I am a self-taught artist with a passion for visual storytelling, watercolors and sequential art. I am also the proud dad of 2 young kids.