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Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents.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.
A mix of comedy, adventure, and historical fiction, Older Middle Grade graphic novel series WHOA, NELLIE! follows a young Elizabeth Cochran as she stands up against robber barons and social norms, fighting for the downtrodden while searching for her own path to become American legend, stunt reporter Nellie Bly. Nellie and her friend Meg travel the world, solving mysteries and exposing corruption with some of the Gilded Age's most interesting figures, such as Emma Goldman, Ida B Wells, and Jules Verne.
In the first book, THE LONELY ORPHAN GIRL, a simple letter of protest to a chauvinist newspaper editorial leads to Elizabeth and Meg facing despotic oil tycoon HC Frick, and a news editor's city-wide search...to offer Nellie Bly a job.
Age Range:Young Adult
Genre:Adventure, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humor, Social Issues
Page Count Estimate:272
Gibson & Rori aim to make graphic novels to inspire a love of women's history and a sense of adventure and empowerment in girls and young women, while providing a fun and multi-layered read for parents as well. In pioneering journalist Nellie Bly, they found an intriguing and intrepid figure who stood above her male counterparts, one whom history has overlooked in favor of idealized male heroes. With WHOA, NELLIE! they seek to shine a light on the women whose derring-do shaped American history and the world.
Gibson & Rori
Gibson & Rori are curious little gnomes who live just beyond the corner of your eye. A spousal duo, their storytelling is a true collaboration of words and pictures. Gibson is the author of self-published mature readers graphic novels which continue to bring reader praise, and Rori's short comics, autobiographical strips, and vibrant illustrations have earned her international acclaim.