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Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents.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.
In a universe of connectedness and a time of trouble, the destiny of planet Earth rests on the backs of two canines. Laika, a wolf-corgi hybrid, and Pebble the pug quest to a distant solar system in a mushroom ship called Mycos. Their mission: to find the source of a mysterious blight afflicting Earth. On planet 42 they unite with Chu-Puu, a long-eared alien with otherworldly knowledge who is fated to aid in the quest. All the while, Laika attempts to conceal the fact that she carries the Earth sickness, giving the mission an even more personal meaning. While exploring a world of strange creatures and elemental forces, the trio must learn lessons of acceptance, compassion, and the interconnectedness of everything if they want to succeed.
Age Range:Middle Grade
Genre:Adventure, Animals, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction
Page Count Estimate:242
The alien creatures that Laika, Pebble, and Chu-Puu encounter embody the fears I met while processing an autoimmune diagnosis. I think there are many others, including young readers, experiencing the awkwardness of what it means to exist in a body that doesn’t always work the way we want it to. In some ways, creating this story helped me find a positive way to deal with the unknown of each day. I hope that others find encouragement and inspiration from this tale about companions on a quest together —exploring and seeking out life where no dog has gone before.
Kristin works alongside a pug who demands daily snuggles and offers critiques of her work unsolicited. She also spends time illustrating and sharing various stories from creatures who pop up in her garden. Kristin graduated with an MFA in painting and made use of her creative skills in professional settings, through work as a professor, graphic designer, and product illustrator at brands like Patagonia.