Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo is created and written by Ben Costa and James Parks, with art by Ben.
Ben and James have been friends since the 2nd grade, and they’ve always loved making stuff together. In grade school they made superhero comics with crayons and construction paper. In high school, they spent hours making wacky homemade movies. As college roommates, they wrote comics and short fiction. Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo is the culmination of all their creative fun over the years.
Ben and James love fantasy, and they really strive to craft sprawling tales that celebrate the adventures of unlikely heroes. Rickety Stitch comes from a strong desire to thrust a storyteller into the role of the hero, as well as explore common fantasy tropes from a different angle, through lens of “monsters.” Uncertain outsiders that, in a way, represent us all.
Ben and James find inspiration from more creators than can easily be counted. They are die-hard fans of many comics creators such as Jeff Smith, Stan Sakai, Kazu Kibuishi, Raina Telgemeier, and Mike Mignola. But they are are also huge fans of other artists, writers, and movie makers, especially Brian Froud, J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, and Jim Henson.
Ben Costa is a writer and cartoonist living in the Bay Area. In addition to Rickety Stitch, he is the author of the award-winning, martial arts/historical fiction graphic novel series Pang, The Wandering Shaolin Monk. He received an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts in 2008.
James Parks is a speculative fiction writer and graphic novelist living in the Bay Area. James lives off of: monster flicks, ghostbusting, samurai cinema, and comics–with a sober dose of Victorian literature and 80s cartoons. Creating a series of fantasy graphic novels for kids is his dream.
In addition to Rickety Stitch, James is the author of the southern gothic, horror collection, The Gospel of Bucky Dennis. James was also a staff writer for Campfire Graphic Novels and is currently a member of the Horror Writer’s Association. Follow James on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.