Kids Comics Pitchfest 2023 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Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents.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.
THE ASSASSIN’S DOCTOR: A CIVIL WAR HISTORY
President Lincoln has been shot. His injured assassin flees to the home of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who splints his broken ankle. Less than three months later, Mudd is sentenced to life in prison for co-conspiracy to Lincoln’s murder. Mudd denies his guilt, but the Northern republicans are out for blood.
Mudd attempts a desperate (failed) escape from his remote island prison. When Yellow Fever decimates the population on the island, Mudd decides to step up in a heroic and courageous act of courage that earns him a presidential pardon.
Throughout this saga, a mysterious narrator helps reveal Mudd’s thoughts and fears. Her identity and motives are revealed at the end – she is Mudd’s abandoned wife.
Age Range:Middle Grade
Genre:Biography, Historical Fiction, History
Page Count Estimate:150
One of the few plot-paths that send me over the edge is when an innocent character gets framed or blamed for an act s/he didn’t commit. Especially when the “character” was a real person. I don’t do “unfair” very well. But what if that character is an unreliable reporter or not quite as pure as he claims to be? More than 150 years after the American Civil War, Dr. Samuel Mudd’s integrity is still debated. In this story, Mudd grows from a coward protecting his own skin, to a humbled doctor, whose courage and acts of selfless kindness earn him a presidential pardon. His calculations and role in his trial add a fascinating and irresistible layer to the historical and psychological twists of this story.
2020, Judah Touro Didn’t Want to Be Famous (NF PB) published by Kar Ben. Winner of the 2018 SCBWI PJ Library Award. Finalist in the PB category of the National Jewish Council Book Awards.
2021, The Rabbi and the Reverend: Joachim Prinz, Martin Luther King Jr and Their Fight against Silence (NF PB) published by by Kar Ben.
2022, I Am Mozart, too (NF PB) published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
Coming in 2025, Jason Belongs (Creative NF PB), Kar Ben.