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Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents.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.
Mad Max meets Adventure Time in a post-apocalyptic magical adventure.
For years, meek Birdy has been living alone in a cave because her parents told her to. One day, shape-shifting magician Rumfo Skeezir appears and Birdy believes he was sent by her parents to finally escort her from the cave.
Believing she's been rescued, Birdy follows Rumfo out of the cave... and into a desperate fight for her freedom. She learns she is a Ward: a rare power source for wizards. And with only a few sources of magic left—a few radioactive craters here and there—wizards from all over the wastelands will do whatever it takes to steal Birdy away.
Amid the chaos, Birdy looks to Rumfo for guidance... unfortunately, he’s only looking out for himself.
Age Range:Middle Grade
Genre:Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Social-Emotional
Page Count Estimate:245
When I was in middle school, I dreamed of being an artist. But as time went on, and as I heard more advice, opinions, and thoughts from other people, my dream wavered. Fifteen years and a lot of soul-searching later, I’ve gone back to that dream and now work as an artist. It turns out middle-school me was right after all.
MAGIC! is about the importance of listening to your own voice, as well as to outside advice. Birdy trusts herself so little that she relies exclusively on others for direction—and ends up putting her freedom in danger. While others might know a lot more than us, as Rumfo says: “Knowing more isn’t always knowing best.”
Danica liked to draw as a kid. A lot. So much so that when friends called to play, she begged her mom to lie to them about why she couldn’t go out so she could stay on her bedroom floor, drawing dragons and unicorns.
That should have been a hint to go to art school. Instead she got a teaching degree and taught in Japan. When she returned to Canada, she realized her true calling was coming up with kooky stories to illustrate, and has been a freelance illustrator since 2020.