Skeleton Bard

A Brief History of Rickety Stitch

Skeleton Bard | Rickety Stitch

Rickety Stitch the skeleton bard was created by Ben Costa and James Parks in 2002. Originally conceived as a wisecracking dungeon goon, Rickety’s story of identity and adventure eventually expanded as Ben and James spitballed ideas in a college dormitory in Northridge, California. A skeleton bard, returned from the grave, with a desire to learn about the person he was before he died, Rickety embarks on a grand quest with his only friend, the Gelatinous Goo. But that’s not the whole story.

The name Rickety Stitch comes from repeating the phrase “lickety split” over and over again while musing about the skeleton bard’s quest. Ben and James loved the cadence of the words and pretty naturally came upon the combination. “Rickety” seemed obvious, a kind of derogatory description that a grumpy goblin overseer might apply to an unwanted, undead skeleton. And very early on, the word “Stitch” was defined as goblin slang for bards or minstrels within the lore of Rickety’s world.

The Gelatinous Goo emerged right alongside Rickety. The idea of an amorphous dungeon monster, who was actually a thinking, feeling being felt fresh. While he is silent to the reader, Gooey has always been the brains of the operation. A snarky, loyal companion that shares Rickety’s hopes and dreams. The two fit perfectly together, like C-3P0 and R2-D2.

While Ben and James both love getting lost in world-building, and fleshing out the copious lore of Eem, they also prefer to sometimes leave out the details, frequently uttering the mantra: “Sometimes the best stories are the ones never told.” The idea of a protagonist driven to discover something perceivably undiscoverable is the perfect foundation for a compelling adventure of Rickety Stitch and a series of fantasy books.

The Skeleton Bard

Why is Rickety a skeleton? The answer is because nothing is more anonymous than bones. Rickety Stitch as a skeleton bard is something that resonates, as many young adults share Rickety's desire to discover who they really are, and what they should do with their lives. In fact, are we not all on that very quest?