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Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents.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.
Mallory, a 17 year-old witch, receives a package from her estranged mother, who has a knack for curses. Soon after, a curse begins haunting Mallory, lurking in the shadows with the goal of isolating her from reality. Unable to evade the curse on her own, Laurel (Mallory’s school crush) and her loving moms step in to help. After failed spells, a heart-wrenching betrayal from Laurel, and facing her mother head on, Mallory realizes the curse was a manifestation of her own feelings all along. With the help of her newfound family, Mallory accepts herself despite her biggest fear, being like her mom, coming true. Like Mother is a young adult graphic novel about finding self acceptance amidst battling generational trauma and mental illness.
Age Range:Young Adult
Genre:Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Magical Realism
Page Count Estimate:250-300
When I was 8 my dad signed over his rights, and at age 13 my mom went to prison and left my life. Losing two parents, not to death or illness, but due to their choices was very confusing for me to grieve as a teenager. In stories, parents and children often forgive each other and reunite; however, when your family doesn’t get the fairy tale ending, it can make you feel like you did something wrong. The aim of Like Mother is to show us that no matter how scary life can get, whether struggling with complicated feelings towards family, battling mental illness, or navigating romantic relationships, it’s vital that we show ourselves patience and empathy. I hope this book can help others process their grief and accept themselves, flaws and all.
I am an author-illustrator who studied theater and illustration at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Since then, I have been honing my skills as an artist and storyteller and found a passion in comics. Outside of crafting stories, I work as an
illustrator on commissioned character designs and family portraits. My experiences being adopted, queer, and battling chronic dissociation inspire my work.