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We're super pleased to announce Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Book 2: The Middle-Route Run. We've been hard at work on Book 2 for over a year and can't wait to share it with you all.
Here's a peak at what to expect for the the second volume of our fantasy graphic novel series...
"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."
Here are some additional highlights
We had the honor of signing the legendary Comix Experience bathroom. Unbelievably cool to share a space with some creative heavy weights like Neil Gaiman, Raina Telgemeier, Jeffery Brown, Daniel Clowes, and so, so many other creators we regard as heroes.
Our first Golo sketch request.
Ben has sketched a lot of Goo, Rickety, Xorgana, Ziggy, and even Nerman! But this was our FIRST official request for the ogre tyrant himself, Golo the Gargantuan!
Fantastic day and we hope to return for a chat about Book Two. Thanks, Comix Experience!
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:
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