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TAB: Rickety Stitch Launch Party
Join the festivities as we celebrate the release of the fantasy graphic novel series, Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 1: The Road to Epoli.
Ben Costa and James Parks will be there: signing books, handing out stickers, talkin' shop, and merrymaking!
Ben and James became friends in 2nd grade at Almaden Country School and, in addition to playing Dungeons & Dragons, they really liked to make stuff. First, they made crude, crayon comics of superheroes on construction paper. Second, they made whacky homemade movies in high school. Third they wrote short fiction as college roommates. And finally, the culmination of their creative fun lead to the series of fantasy graphic novels, Rickety Stitch.
Ben Costa is a writer and artist living in the Bay Area. He self-published two volumes of the award-winning, martial arts historical fiction comic Pang, The Wandering Shaolin Monk. Ben has always been passionate about fantasy comics. Ben maintains a steady diet of samurai comics, kung fu movies, spacefaring farm boys, and tabletop RPGs.
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.
The Hobbit meets Adventure Time as a singing skeleton searches for his origins in this full-color graphic novel series kickoff, perfect for fans of Nimona!
Meet Rickety Stitch . . . a walking, talking, singing skeleton minstrel. He’s the one skeleton in the dungeon who seems to have retained his soul, and he has no idea why.
His only clue to his former identity is a song he hears snippets of in his dreams, an epic bard’s tale about the Road to Epoli and the land of Eem.
His sidekick and sole friend is the gelatinous Goo, who Rickety alone can understand. Together they set out in search of Rickety’s past, with abundant humor and danger galore.
“Dazzling, inventive and fun. Ben Costa and James Parks manage to both spoof and pay homage to the fantasy tradition, while creating characters we care about. A tour de force.” —Jason Shiga, author of Meanwhile and Demon
“Rickety Stitch is full of wonderful characters and pacing . . . and what surprises! Storytelling stripped down to the bare bones.” —Stan Sakai, creator of Usagi Yojimbo
Ages 12 +