Welcome to Land of Eem! The official website of the graphic novel series Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo, and the tabletop roleplaying game Land of Eem Fantasy RPG.
We're the creators, Ben Costa and James Parks, and we write comics, books, and games (Ben is also the artist!) We’ve been friends since the 2nd grade, and love making stuff together. It all began in grade school, drawing superhero comics with crayons and construction paper. In high school, we spent hours making wacky homemade movies, and then as college roommates, we came up with the idea that would become Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo, our first published graphic novel series in 2017.
We love fantasy, and strive to craft tales that celebrate the adventures of unlikely heroes. We grew up playing tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons, creating countless characters and collaborative worlds with our pals. It’s a pastime that’s paved the way for our creative careers, and we still play with the same friends to this day.
Looking for fun authors to visit your school? Look no further. Ben Costa and James Parks, creators of the middle-grade, fantasy graphic novel adventure—Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo—are available for Author Visits in Northern and Southern California.
Ben and James have a long history together, having known each other since the 2nd grade! Every author visit is a special one, where Ben and James recount the story of their life-long friendship, the importance of perseverance, and the process by which they plan, write, and draw the fantasy adventures of Rickety Stitch the skeleton bard!
Both Rickety Stitch: The Road to Epoli and Rickety Stitch: The Middle-Route Run are Junior Library Guild Selections and have received rave, starred reviews from the publications like: Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, and Kirkus.
Are you interested in having Ben and James visit your school or talk about their work on a Zoom Call?
"Hosting James and Ben is, easily, a highlight of my career as a school librarian. They inspired the students and were loved by the teachers. If you have the opportunity to host the creators of Rickety Stitch do it!"
- Shannan Egli, Librarian at Almaden Country Day School
"Ben and James have a powerful story that connects to kids’ desires to do something greater than themselves. We would have them back anytime!"
- Kim Alan Sheffield, Principal at Stonegate School
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