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Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents.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.
Never leave a book open!
No more adventures for Elle after her first love moves away. The library feels empty now Rory is gone. Still, Elle searches the shelves for a new story and a friend. An accidental collision throws Elle & Ink (a talking cat) into a series of adventures in books that are magically brought to life. If that wasn’t bad enough, an evil creature stalks the pair feeding off fear and loneliness. The creature grows stronger as the stories grow more deadly. With their energy waning they don’t have much time left. Soon the creature will be strong enough to take over the world. The only way to fight this monster is for Ink and Elle to become friends, but that hurdle just seems too big.
Making friends x Aster
Age Range:Middle Grade
Genre:Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, LGBTQ+, Own Voices
Page Count Estimate:192-204
For many years I've wanted to see people like me in books. When I was a kid I didn't know what bisexual or nonbinary meant, I just felt the hole that could only be filled with knowing there were other people like me. There weren't many queer characters in stories and it was often hard to identify with characters.
On top of that I was home schooled. I spent much of my time playing by myself. I had friends, but maybe one at a time. When you live life like that, when you have only one friend at a time, losing an only friend can be devastating. I want other queer people to see themselves in books. I want them to feel like they aren't alone. I want to write unabashedly queer books. It's important for queers to see themselves in books.
Dani Duck lives in Surrey, BC with her husband Peter and two kids. She loves all things kidlit, especially writing and illustrating graphic novels. Dani is bisexual, non-binary and is disabled. She likes to create humorous stories with a lot of heart. Her passion is helping out those underrepresented in the children's book industry. Currently, Dani is on the 12x12's Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. She hosts #KidLitArt chat Wednesdays on Twitter with Tiffany Harvey and Emily Calimlim.