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Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents.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.
Caves are dangerous, sure. Full of weird fungi and bugs and creatures that want to eat you? Absolutely. But compared to dealing with family? They’re easy. Squished in between four sisters (soon to be five, with his luck) Granite feels forgotten. After a sibling squabble ends with Mom’s cherished vase in pieces, he goes on a simple quest - find sticky slug slime to glue it back together. But when a hungry dino-bird attack sends Granite tumbling into the depths of Understone, he’ll have to root out a way home with the help of giant insects, new friends, and the stinkiest mushroom ever.
This hybrid novel combines the humor of THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH with a touch of games like THE LEGEND OF ZELDA and will appeal to reluctant readers ages 8-11.
Age Range:Middle Grade
Page Count Estimate:250
As a mom of boys, I’ve struggled to find modern middle grade books that have male protagonists, especially those that bridge the gap between irreverent, funny chapter books and full, no pictures prose books. I wanted to create a story that a caregiver could read to their kids at bedtime or a reluctant reader could pick up on their own. That’s what I love about hybrid books. The graphic novel elements interwoven with prose creates a storytelling experience that neither can do on their own.
As for the story itself, I wanted to capture the feelings that video games like The Legend of Zelda and Minecraft give me. The whimsical environments, the expansive worlds, the quirky characters, and all in all, the fun.
Kristin is an author/illustrator, a professional video game animator, and a member of the SCBWI. She illustrated DOUG THE PUG: THE COLORING BOOK, Harper Design, 2017. When not writing, she’ll be found trying vainly to keep her menagerie of house plants alive, wrangling her two crazy kids, or attempting some new recipe she found on Pinterest.