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Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents.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.
Neil Steven Klayman
SENSELESS is an action-packed, story-driven graphic novel that engages all five senses. Readers will meet five superheroes like they’ve never seen, tasted, touched, smelled or heard of before. These super-sensory overloaded oddball heroes (Schnozz, Iris, Lobes, Budz and Hands) are controlled by an undercover, over-protective, vain brain (Mindy Mindstein) perched on a decorative doily inside a glass cake dish. The super senses must work together as a team to stop a sinister smorgasbord of villains bent on assaulting the five senses. But before they can succeed, these crime fighters will need “Sense-itivity” training to control their newly acquired super sensory powers — Super Sneezes, Wax Attacks and Mighty Licks.
Age Range:Chapter Book
Page Count Estimate:200
The five senses are pivotal to thinking creatively and strengthening problem-solving skills — essential components of modern day S.T.E.A.M. education. We believe the senses are under-represented in children's literature. SENSELESS combines action-packed drama and comedy with fascinating fun facts and tantalizing trivia about the human five senses. Young readers will be truly engaged and thoroughly entertained as they follow these must-see, must-hear, must-smell, must-taste and must-touch superheroes.
Barry M. Chung is the illustrator of the published, illustrated children’s book, Boris Ate A Thesaurus. Barry was named honorary co-chairman of Read Across America by the California Teachers Association and has taught hundreds of children how to draw his loveable Boris character. A senior art director with Mattel Toys for ten years, Barry has created award-winning designs for Warner Bros., Disney, Nickelodeon and Fox.
Neil Steven Klayman
Neil Steven Klayman is the author of the published, illustrated children’s book, Boris Ate A Thesaurus. Neil never ate a thesaurus, but he has a colossal, enormous, gigantic appetite for words. He was named honorary co-chairman of Read Across America by the California Teachers Association and has entertained and inspired young audiences nationwide with his in-person readings. Before creating and writing Boris Ate A Thesaurus, Neil named toys for Mattel, the world’s biggest toy company, where he earned the nickname “Namin’ Klayman”.