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Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents.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.
Dead Girl Dreams
On the isolated Elderberry Island, timid teenager Codi Crane begins to be plagued by strange dreams that seem all too real. Still, she feels relatively safe under the watchful eye of her loving but slightly overbearing Grams. After reconnecting with her old friend Lia Nightingale, it seems like Codi’s introverted life might start to change…that is until Lia goes missing on Codi’s birthday. Now trapped in the Dream World, where a horrific monster is hunting her, Lia’s spirit begs Codi to uncover the truth behind her disappearance. In the real world, Codi finds herself at the center of escalating drama between the matriarchs of two prominent families: Grams, and Lia’s domineering grandmother, Opal. As tensions rise and secrets are exposed, Codi is thrust into a world she never knew she was a part of and forced to make a choice that impacts the entire island.
Blending magic with mystery, this graphic novel focuses on queer relationships, feminine power, and dismantling old, harmful traditions.
Age Range:Young Adult
Genre:LGBTQ+, Magical Realism, Mystery, Paranormal
Page Count Estimate:300
As a queer woman from a very open and loving family, one of my main goals is to write stories about queer people where their sexuality is not the plot of the story, just part of who the characters are. By writing a story that includes a queer relationship, I hope to normalize the idea and open the minds of people who may not be as accepting of others.
Another prominent theme in this story is generational trauma. My family has a history with a particular subsect of a religion whose outdated customs have caused pain and hardship for generations. This same kind of hyper-focus on tradition is reflected in the current political climate, manifesting in rewriting laws to erase bodily autonomy and fundamental human rights. I wanted to write a story where these harmful societal structures and old-fashioned teachings are abolished in favor of a brighter future that benefits all people.
I hope that this story will show others how forcing other people to conform benefits nobody and that it’s okay to change and learn from new
Sydney's work combines horror with cuteness, reality with whimsy, and activism with empathy. A strong focus on inclusivity and representation flows through her projects, whether it be a brand guide or a drawing of a dog. She knows art doesn't always have to be so serious, but in these trying times, she believes the most important thing she can do as an artist is put positive energy at the forefront of her work. Art is inspiring, so she strives to inspire progress, mainly focusing on feminism and the LGBTQIA+ community.
After graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design from Cornish College of the Arts in 2018, she worked as a designer while drawing comics on the side. In 2023, she earned her MFA in Visual Narrative from the School of Visual Arts and was gifted the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for Excellence. Her work has been shown at numerous festivals and bookstores across America.