Kids Comics Pitchfest Showcase
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On a family camping trip Graham and Lily discover their grandparents are far from the relaxed retirees they appear to be, and are swept up into a secret world of international espionage and adventure. From the backwoods of Maine to the Swiss Alps (via a secret island!) the siblings spend their summer vacation in the hunt for a mysterious new global threat alongside the top secret agents working to protect the world - who just happen to all be senior citizens. GrandSpies is an action-packed graphic novel series for middle grade readers that celebrates intergenerational and sibling bonds while challenging our assumptions about the elderly.
Age Range:Middle Grade
Genre:Adventure, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Social Issues
Page Count Estimate:200
I wanted to tell a story inspired by the special bond that exists between my own young children and their grandparents. Where the older generation are the kids’ guides into a world of adventure, and you underestimate their abilities at your peril! Beneath the chase scenes and spy action is a story about family relationships with that unique dynamic between the kids and grandparents at the core. Indeed we barely see Lily and Graham’s parents and when we do they are tired or cranky (write what you know!) in contrast with the older generation. Most crucially, and I think uniquely, readers will get to see seniors as heroes - with fascinating lives, surprising skills, and still working to make the world a better place.
I live in the Hudson Valley with my family, a dog, and several Geckos. Touring rock musician, film editor, animator, furniture maker - I’ve had a varied artistic career but have always come back to the power of telling stories through comics. Whether they be web comics, serial lunch note stories for my kids, or longer projects like GrandSpies. In my work i’m forever chasing that blend of adventure and humor that made me first fall for Tintin, Groo, Yosagi and the Disney Ducks.