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Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents.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.
Mack and Mochi
Mack is a boy with a big imagination and Mochi (named after Mack’s favorite Japanese treat) is his Corgi who just wants to dig up some fun. Together, they have all kinds of adventures while out hunting for “treasures.”
Book 1: Mack and Mochi Find a Kitty
Mack packs his little red wagon for a treasure hunt. Mochi is happy to come along (though he’d be just as happy staying home and playing catch). Mack finds all kinds of treasures -- elf hats (those are just acorn tops, thinks Mochi), a fairy wing (just a feather…), a dragon egg (big rock). When Mack mistakes a possum for a lost cat, the two must help “Kitty” find his way home.
Age Range:Early Reader
Page Count Estimate:48
Life is full of magical treasures when you have a vivid imagination. I spent many hours as a child chasing baby alligators (lizards) and collecting mermaid fans (seashells). I aged, but my imagination never dimmed. To this day, I wait quietly in my flower garden to catch a glimpse of the magical flying shrimp (AKA Hummingbird hawk-moth).
Annette Hashitate was born in Japan and moved to California as a child. She received a degree in visual arts at the University of California, San Diego. Trained as a painter, Annette’s illustration style is both accessible and ethereal. A natural storyteller Annette’s debut middle grade graphic novel, Selfies by Sumi, is due to be published by Penguin in 2025. Annette currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with her two corgis.