Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 1 by James Parks
The Road to Epoli

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This trilogy opener is ideal for Nimona fans looking to see tried-and-true fantasy tropes get hilariously upended.
-Publishers Weekly

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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
 

About James Parks

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Ben Costa is a writer and artist living in the Bay Area. He has self-published two volumes of his award-winning, martial arts historical fiction comic Pang, The Wandering Shaolin Monk. He has also done work for IDW, Viz Media, and SF Weekly. Throughout his life, he has maintained a steady diet of samurai comics, kung fu movies, spacefaring farmboys, and tabletop RPGs. Follow him at @BenCosta.James Parks is a speculative fiction writer and graphic novelist living in the Bay Area. James was weaned on monster flicks, ghostbusting, lightsaber duels, samurai cinema, and comics—with a sober dose of Victorian literature and ’80s cartoons. James is also the author of the Southern Gothic horror collection The Gospel of Bucky Dennis, was a staff writer for Campfire Graphic Novels, and is a current member of the Horror Writers Association. Find out more about Rickety at RicketyStitch.com.
Author Residence: San Francisco, CA
 
Published June 6, 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 208 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Mar 15 2017

For those who loved Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona (2015) and have struggled to find something similar, this may scratch that itch. Don’t be fooled by the cheery illustrations; this is irreverent, bawdy, and lots of fun.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Sep 28 2017

This trilogy opener is ideal for Nimona fans looking to see tried-and-true fantasy tropes get hilariously upended.

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