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Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents.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.
Illustrator/Author, Letterer, Colorist
Butter Man Returns
Buckle up for a buttery ride! At long last, after nearly thirty years in the churn, Butter Man is back to melt your heart! On a tropical island full of puns and mysteries, Butter Man is on a daring rescue mission to save his best friend, Broccoli Boy, from the Evil Potato’s clutches. Will he make it to the super-secret volcano lair in time? Or will he be devoured by one of Tater-Corp’s ferocious, experimental cybo-dinos? And will he ever recover his unsalted memories and figure out just what’s going on around here? Packed full of talking animals, talking food, thrilling action, and unexpected diversions on every page, you won’t want to miss the adventure of a lifetime when Butter Man Returns!
Age Range:Middle Grade
Genre:Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Science Fiction
Page Count Estimate:150
Butter Man Returns is based on a drawing I made when I was about seven years old. Though I can no longer recall the context of the work or my intentions for a broader story, the drawing itself has survived these many years. Its subjects, Butter Man, Broccoli Boy, and the Evil Potato are posing in a lush jungle setting surrounded by animals. This project is an attempt to collaborate with my younger self to create the type of adventure I originally might have imagined for these characters. I hope not only to make a book that I would have loved to read at that time, but something that can be enjoyed by readers of all types and ages. It is drawn in ink with a brush and colored with crayon.
Jon Sisti (b.1988) is a transdisciplinary artist based in New Jersey. He received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Since then, he has worked as studio assistant in several artists’ studios including Wangechi Mutu, Tony Fitzpatrick, and, most recently, Jeff Koons. After becoming a father in 2022, his attention has been split between Butter Man and his son, Cosmo.