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Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents.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.
Phantom Family focuses on the Thursday Twins, their discovery of a long held family secret and the fallout that quickly follows. When overconfident Ruby and her meek twin Marcus accidentally summon a demon who kidnaps their father, they are forced to take a literal and spiritual journey to the afterlife to save him. Their rescue attempt is quickly derailed by feuding spirits who crack open a rift between the Thursday siblings. This adventure story barrels through strange worlds filled with Japanese and western folklore and creatures with uncertain intentions. It ultimately leads to revelations that will ripple through the spirit land and back into the real world, causing the Thursday Family to change forever.
Age Range:Middle Grade
Genre:Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology/Folklore
Page Count Estimate:250
Phantom Family combines elements from my own personal life with long held interests and loves. My own experiences with family secrets and family feuds led me to writing something about sibling rivalry and a lack of parental engagement. Ghost stories aren’t something that I gravitate to, but the concept of what the afterlife might be has always intrigued me. My own Norwegian background has instilled a love of fairy tales and dark worlds. Personal adventures in Japan uncovered fascinating folklore and tales of alternate realities. The unexpected similarities between cultural interpretations of death and the afterlife spurred me to imagine a place where all versions could exist.
Kristian Aus grew up on a diet of Studio Ghibli films and video games in regional Australia, before moving to Sydney’s Inner West. He loves bright, bold colours that make your eyes bleed and strange fantastical worlds, with a dash of science fiction. He is now a freelance illustrator and teaches Design at the University of Technology, Sydney.