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Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents.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.
Elite Team Space Explorers (in training)
Tween alien, Telly, must pass Earth Studies or be permanently separated from his Elite Team Space Explorer mom. Missing her is like a constant hum in his brain. Telly and his friends’ first assignment: transform into weird-looking human kids (with alien abilities), go to CERN, get sucked into the largest experiment on earth, and learn about the Big Bang. The problem? Telly must follow the speed-of-light path of a proton while struggling with a fear of going fast that makes him puke regularly. Now, the success of this mission rests on his anxiety-filled shoulders and unexpected sabotage awaits. Science-based and funny, this story is a rocket ride through found-family, SEL, and what happens when CERN’s biggest accelerator starts up.
Age Range:Middle Grade
Genre:Adventure, Humor, Science Fiction, Social-Emotional
Page Count Estimate:200 pages
On a family speed boat as a child, I would always take the seat with the most wind and water and yell, “Faster!” Fast forward – I became a mom to a child whose anxiety flared if his swing was pushed too high or too fast. It seeded a running theme in Elite Team Space Explorers (in training) about what happens when an anxious tween gets dropped into a speed-of-light experiment at CERN.
Having friends who work at CERN, visiting with a spacewalking astronaut, and a family trip to the Discovery Shuttle fired up my imagination to write a graphic novel about an anxious tween alien traveling through one of the fastest experiments on earth.
Growing up teaching kids to dance led to a career on stage touring and performing in musical theater then I switched gears.
Reporting and anchoring for news stations in NY, CT, MA and Houston, I was fortunate to receive honors like a team Edward R. Murrow, an Associated Press award, and 5 Emmy nominations. At the 2019 Houston SCBWI conference. I received a Joan Lowery Nixon Award nomination for a PB manuscript.
When I’m not writing content for kids, I produce animated and live-action videos.