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Looking for fun authors to visit your school? Look no further. Ben Costa and James Parks, creators of the middle-grade, fantasy graphic novel adventure—Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo—are available for Author Visits in Northern and Southern California.

Ben and James have a long history together, having known each other since the 2nd grade! Every author visit is a special one, where Ben and James recount the story of their life-long friendship, the importance of perseverance, and the process by which they plan, write, and draw the fantasy adventures of Rickety Stitch the skeleton bard!

Both Rickety Stitch: The Road to Epoli and Rickety Stitch: The Middle-Route Run are Junior Library Guild Selections.


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Awards & Honors

  • Junior Library Guild Selection

  • YALSA 2018 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers Nominee

  • Texas Library Association Mavericks Graphic Novels Reading List

  • Cybils Award 2018 Graphic Novels Nominee

Praise & Reviews

Conjuring up an entertaining bard’s tale, this adventure is sure to appeal to anyone who loves high fantasy punctuated with comedy, especially older fans of Jeff Smith’s “Bone.”
— School Library Journal, Starred
Parks and Costa impressively evolve their tale into a compelling epic quest with deeper themes than the initial chapters hint. This trilogy opener is ideal for Nimona fans looking to see tried-and-true fantasy tropes get hilariously upended.
— Publishers Weekly, Starred
Costa and Parks’ script is imaginative and laugh-out-loud funny, unafraid to crack a well-timed, verging-on-naughty joke. Costa’s art is unfalteringly, vibrantly buoyant, with many sight gags that effortlessly turn the profane into something adorably laughable. A cliffhanger ending leaves readers poised for the sequel—they will be clamoring.
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred
The illustrations are dark and foreboding, highlighting the extensive array of dangers that the two find themselves in, while retaining plenty of the sardonic, mature humor of the text. There is lots of intertextual cleverness going on that results in this book being both an homage to and spoof of the traditional fantasy hero’s quest, both in the illustrations and in the narration.
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Starred

The Book Series


Book 1: The Road to Epoli

Meet Rickety Stitch...a walking, talking, singing skeleton bard.

He’s the one skeleton in the dungeon who seems to have retained his soul, and he has no idea why.
Rickety's only clue to his former identity, is a song he hears in his dreams, an epic bard’s tale about the Road to Epoli and the land of Eem.


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Book 2: The Middle-Route Run

Determined to find the legendary kingdom of Epoli, Rickety and Goo discover the only way forward is the most dangerous road in the world of Eem—the Middle-Route Run—a zany, mad dash through a gauntlet of bandits, monsters, and fiends.

With heart-pounding action and humor to boot, The Middle-Route Run tells the story of what it takes to truly be a hero.


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