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A children’s picture book about a young girl who finds herself in a magical undersea town filled with enchanted creatures.

UPDATE: Stretch Goals!  Every backer who pledged $10 or more will get the following:

$7,000- Little Maia Bookmark and one sticker

$8,000- Bookplate and another sticker

$9,000- Three Downloadable and Printable Coloring Pages

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Little Maia and the Coral City 

by Robert Geronimo

Hello Everyone!

Little Maia and the Coral City is a 32 page, hardcover children’s picture book drawn by me, Robert Geronimo, in my very first creator-owned title.

Cover design.
Cover design.

Who is Little Maia?

"Robert chose a young girl as his main character to illustrate the empowerment of girls in a world we know well that has had young boy heroes like Max in Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are."

-Bruce Degen, artist and co-creator of The Magic School Bus series

Little Maia is a wordless picture book in the same vein as David Weisner's Flotsam, Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, and Winsor McKay's Little Nemo & the Adventures in Slumberland. The tale begins as Maia wakes up scared during a thunderstorm. The world floods and her house is swallowed by a giant sea monster. Luckily, she finds the thriving Coral City inside the monster, full of fish-people. She is greeted by Walter, one of the city’s residents, and the pair roam Coral City together. With the help of her new friend, Maia devises a plan to return to her world.

The very first sketches of Little Maia I drew back in 2011.
The very first sketches of Little Maia I drew back in 2011.

Why should I pledge to this project?

As an educator of children and young adults, I firmly believe that art is a great educational tool. Maia is an independent heroine who faces adversity with steadfast courage. She and this book are my testament to strong, positive, female role models for young girls. The book will be a wordless picture book because I believe that pictures can tell any story more effectively than words and allow children to use their imagination. This medium creates a unique, shared experience between children and their parents because they are sharing the visual experience of this magical journey together.

Whether shared between a parent and child, siblings or two friends, Little Maia will be a must-have for children and adults, regardless of age!

Maia and Walter.
Maia and Walter.

What is the future goal?

Little Maia is the first book in a series, launching a small publishing company that I am establishing with fellow colleagues and creators called Ascalon Press. Our titles, whether novels, children’s books, or graphic novels, feature heroines who work side-by-side with male characters to achieve their goals and overcome adversity. Through our books, we’re creating a universe of strong characters so that any reader, boy or girl, young or old, can find a character to identify with and root for.

Who is involved?

I am also fortunate to have fantastic creators and motivators joining me on this project.

Colorist Jose Exposito from Olot in Catalunya/Spain is responsible for the richness of Little Maia’s world. He has worked with many different European publishers such as Panini, Dolmen, and Netcom 2. You can check out his deviantart page here: http://lincelots.deviantart.com/gallery/ 

Published knitting designer, Katharine Maller, is hand-crocheting dolls of our two main characters, Maia and Walter, as part of our special exclusive Kickstarter rewards. Her designs have been featured in Vogue Knitting and Knit Simple magazines.

Digital Designer, Ray Pfaff, is the Head of Digital Creation for Little Maia. Formerly a production designer for Marvel Comics, Ray finalizes the images and prepares them for printing.

Hand-Crocheted Dolls by Katharine Maller. (Kickstarter Exclusive!)
Hand-Crocheted Dolls by Katharine Maller. (Kickstarter Exclusive!)
Double Sided Key Chain!
Double Sided Key Chain!
Welcome to Coral City!
Welcome to Coral City!

Any additional funds raised for the book will immediately be used for marketing purposes, as well as the sequel to Little Maia and the Coral City.

We also have stretch rewards planned should we surpass our initial funding goal. 

Thank you all for your time and consideration. I hope you will go on this journey with me and let Little Maia have the adventure of a lifetime!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The pages are already penciled and inked, save for the coloring. As far as risks, there are very few. Everything is priced out and awaiting the quantity to be fulfilled.

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