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Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents.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.
Land of Memories
Chen and her favorite toy, Tiger, have been together since the day she was born. But one awful day, the unimaginable happens. Tiger was lost and never ever found. Unable to move on, Chen refuses to play with other toys ever again. Wanting to feel close to Tiger, she looks at old photographs and falls into the wonderful and enchanting Land of Memories. There, she journeys through tender, beautiful vignettes of her memories with Tiger. After reliving all her birthday parties and playing all their favorite games, Chen needs to make an impossible choice. Stay here and relive old memories forever, or face the rest of her life without Tiger.
Age Range:Picture Book
Genre:Adventure, BIPOC, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Social-Emotional
Page Count Estimate:32
I created Land of Memories from the aching sorrow and loving joy I felt while grieving my mom. After she was gone, I obsessively poured through photos and videos of her, hoping to grasp the deep warmth that she’d given me all my life. Writing this story through the eyes of a child who lost their favorite toy, was a deeply healing process. It enabled me to see how to move forward while honoring my mom.
I hope Land of Memories guides children and their grownups through loss of any kind, whether it’s the loss of their favorite toy or their favorite person.
Hello! I’m L.B. Hong. I’m an author and illustrator of picture books and graphic novels living in New York City. As a kid, I scribbled on every surface imaginable. Now, I primarily stick to sketch paper and my iPad. I love to create stories about nostalgia, childhood memories, and cherished friendships.