Brand New Rickety Stitch Mini Adventure
We're thrilled to be a part of a special digital and printable activity comic release from The Children's Book Council. They were nice enough to invite us to create a new, Rickety Stitch mini-adventure: The Goo's Great Escape, a Rickety Stitch Activity Comic.
In Goo's Great Escape, readers will get a change to choose their own adventure and fill in a story told by Goo himself!
About Children's Book Week
The Children’s Book Week Comic is a free anthology comic featuring short stories from some of the biggest children’s graphic novel creators. The comic is distributed for free online to celebrate Children’s Book Week. This comic promotes visual literacy and supplements under-resourced schools and libraries.
Complete list of contributors include:
Ben Costa and James Parks
David Gallagher and Steve Ellis
Charise Mericle Harper
Gene Luen Yang and John Patrick Green
The comic is available in two formats. Digital for reading on your computer, tablet, or smart phone, or a version you can print out and assemble.
Print & Assemble
Follow these instructions to print out and assemble your own Children’s Book Week Comic.
- Click the link and download the Print & Assemble File
- Open the Print & Assemble File
Recommended Printer settings:
It is recommended that you print in landscape orientation on standard 8.5 x 11” paper. Select Fit to Page and print double sided (Flip on Long Edge)
- Do not reorder the pages as they come out of the printer. When the comic is finished printing, fold the stack of pages in half along the dashed line. The number 14 should be folded onto the number 15 on the top page
- Turn the comic over and staple along the crease to secure the pages in place.
Have fun with this comic! Color! Share! We're honored to be in such great, creative company and look forward to doing more for Children's Book Week in the future!
Found! An ancient relic of Eem's comics past! Ben Costa's Teach a Gnome to Fish is a mini-comic from our college days. You'll see some similarities too, an early exploration of the hero-gnome L. Nerman Fuddle in The Road to Epoli. The comic was originally created for an independent literary magazine that Ben and James help found as college roommates. Enjoy!
We are so pleased to share the official book trailer of Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli. What better way to kick off a series of fantasy graphic novels than with a sweet, new trailer forged by a band of our buddies.
Behind the Scenes
We had lots of fun making this beauty for you folks. You may recognize some elements too. We were fortunate enough to partner with Logan Cunningham, who we've been friends with for nearly two decades. You'll remember Logan as the brilliant narrator and voice of Rucks in Bastion, the debut action RPG from Supergiant Games. Logan also plays the sword in Transistor and we are eagerly awaiting his performances in Supergiant Games' new title Pyre, releasing this year.
Additionally, fans will immediately recognize the melodic instrumentals of Evin Wolverton, the man behind the magic of the official Road to Epoli song that accompanies the first book of Rickety Stitch. Evin is a supremely talented singer/songwriter and we have been both friends and fans for many, many years. You can listen to more music on Evin's Soundcloud, and we encourage you to follow him. He's great.
And of course, the brilliant editing and animations were done by another long-time friend, Luke Sharkey. Luke is a true-as-the-north-star renaissance man. An editor, animator, sound mixer, actor, and dancer (yes dancer!) that appears magically on his ten speed cycle to work wonders with footage and sound.
We couldn't have made this book trailer happen without a great team. And we're over the moon to have worked with not only great talents, but great friends.
We're so pleased to read this amazing, starred review of Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli, from Publishers Weekly. So, great to hear critics enjoying our fantasy graphic novel as much as we enjoyed making it! Here's to fantasy comics!
Here's what Publishers Weekly had to say:
If you want to share your art, you can! Visit our art submission page here.
We are stunned and delighted to have learned that Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli has received a glowing review from Kirkus and was awarded with the Kirkus Star!
Here's a brief expert from the review, but you can read the whole thing here.
We're so honored they enjoyed the adventure and can't wait to release it to the world on June 6th, 2017. If you're eager to secure a copy, you can actually pre-order Rickety Stitch today. Just visit this link.
There's lots of great Rickety Stitch fan art out there and we want to share it!
Submit your art by April 1st and we'll add it to our Fan Art Gallery!
Better yet, 3 of you will win a treasure trove of Rickety Stitch swag.
Here's how to enter:
Draw, get creative, and have fun!
- Email us your wonderful art at email@example.com.
- You can also, post your art to Twitter and Facebook and tag us @ricketystitch. #RicketyStitch for even more exposure.
What you can win:
A lot of Rickety Stitch swag from our store.
- Cavern of the Dweorgs Art Print
- Fungal Jungle Art Print
- The Dragon Ruins Art Print
- Rickety Stitch Sticker Pack
Good luck! We can't wait to see what magnificent things you create!
When the main character of a fantasy series is a bard, you can expect music to play a big part in the narrative. But there’s more to it than just sprinkling in a groovy plot device. Like Rickety himself, we want to make the music a sort of character of its own.
Our goal is always to create stories within stories. That’s why we write Lore. And that’s why we name practically everything on the page, sometimes twice! Songs and stories in Rickety Stitch follow interesting parallels to Rickety’s own adventures, without being direct allegories. Every song is meant to be a story and have a story behind it.
Just like real life musicians, the songs are written to be reflective of real life (or in our case, character) experiences. Rickety Stitch writes music no differently. The big question is, did Rickety write the music? Or is the music bubbling up from his past experiences, or from some creative place that wants to relate to his current predicaments. That’s something we ultimately enjoy exploring.
As many of you know, we had the honor of working with Evin Wolverton on The Road to Epoli. Evin is a fantastic musician who is versed in many styles, and did an amazing job writing the music and performing it--a challenge for sure, as the song is quite the epic ballad. We took a moment to interview Evin, and learn about his process.
Where did you find inspiration for composing "The Road To Epoli"?
The lyrics are a dead ringer for the epic Scottish ballads I'd learned when I was young. I hunted for a melody that could both support both the adventurous spirit and the length of the song. I knew I'd found it when the refrain gave me goosebumps.
Who performed in the recording?
The vocals, instruments, and production are all me. Those summers spent at folk music camp finally paid off.
Will you be composing more music for Rickety Stitch?
Yes. I'm working with the Ben and James on songs that may appear in the series' future volumes. It's exciting to have a hand in realizing the curious world of Eem.
You can listen to The Road to Epoli on YouTube or Soundcloud, where it’s available for free download. You can also pre-order Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli in both hard and soft cover.
We are over the moon and honored to learn that The Road to Epoli: Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo, Book 1 has been announced as a Junior Library Guild selection!
If you’re not familiar with the Junior Library Guild, here’s some information about this incredible honor straight from them:
"The JLG editorial team reviews more than 3,000 new titles each year, in manuscript or prepublication stage. We’ve developed a keen sense for finding the best of the best. Over 95 percent of our selections go on to receive awards and/or favorable reviews."
If you’re listening, thank you Junior Library Guild! We are grateful to be held in such high esteem and to be associated with such an amazing catalog of books.
Or if you’re a library buyer, you can check out the Junior Library Guild page.