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Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents.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.
Illustrator/Author, Letterer, Colorist
Set in NYC’s Chinatown during the mid 1980’s, middle school student Osamu “Sam” Takahashi navigates through his transition out of childhood into his early teens facing challenges that seem even more perilous than the crime ridden streets he calls his playground.
Like most young teens, Sam wants more control over his life. But during a time when he is wanting more independence from parents, coping with the evolution of his friendships, experimenting with identity, drifting apart from his older brother, avoiding recruitment by Chinese gangs, experiencing his first date, learning his family history in Japan during WWII, and testing to get into one of the top high schools in the country, (inhale) control seems to be the last thing Sam has.
Age Range:Middle Grade, Young Adult
Genre:Humor, Memoir, Nonfiction, Retelling, Social-Emotional, Social Issues
Page Count Estimate:200
Working with kids, and having two of my own, I recognize their desire to take control over their lives. Friend groups, bedtimes, going places without parents, even how they identify. I was no different. I want to take a deeper dive into my teen years and deliver the message that while you may feel no control over the seemingly random challenges thrown your way, you do have control over how you handle them.
It is important for me to tell a story with an Asian cast as it has been my life’s work to bridge communities and illustrate how more alike we are than different. I’d like to make this into a three part series that follows Sam through high school and then college as his priorities change and the challenges become more consequential.
Tak is the creator/illustrator of Secret Asian Man, a comic strip exploring race relations. It became the first nationally syndicated comic (United Features) with an Asian American lead. He is also the art director for MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) and teaches comics to middle schoolers.
Published work: The Daily Days, Secret Identities, New Frontiers: the Many Worlds of George Takei, RISE: A Pop History of Asian America, Artists Against Police Brutality, Gwan Anthology, and more