Award-winning author and illustrator team make middle-grade graphic novel debut with Muddy Max
PORTLAND, OR, July 13 — The new middle-grade graphic novel Muddy Max: The Mystery of Marsh Creek written by Elizabeth Rusch and illustrated by Mike Lawrence will be published August 5, 2014 by Andrews McMeel/AMP! Comic for Kids.
Rusch’s quirky characters include Max, the first-ever slime-covered superhero, his annoying neat-freak parents, his tech-savvy sidekick, and his RC-driving, mountain-biking tomboy crush. With only three colors in his palette (black, white and brown), illustrator Mike Lawrence brings all the action to life in the weird world of Marsh Creek, the muddiest town in the country. Will Muddy Max figure out who or what is lurking behind the trees in the muddy marsh – and save a few lives in the process?
“Muddy Max takes that eternal struggle between kids and parents―whether to play in or stay out of mud puddles―and turns it into an epic tale full of secrets and superpowers.” ―Matthew Holm, co-creator of Babymouse and Squish
“A book you won’t be able to put down—or wash off!”
—Bart King, author of The Big Book of Superheroes
Elizabeth Rusch’s children’s titles have been recognized by:
- ALA Notable, Junior Library Guild and Book of the Month Club
- Best Book of the Year listings by Kirkus, School Library Journal, NBC News, Booklist, The New York Public Library
- Children’s choice awards in Arizona, Illinois, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Learn more about the author at www.elizabethrusch.com
View the illustrator’s work at www.mlawrenceillustration.com
Contact either to hear how Muddy Max was born of muddy runs, bedtime stories, a chance meeting at local comic con, and brainstorming sessions at Voodoo Donuts…
Review copies available on request.
The Mystery of Marsh Creek
Written by Elizabeth Rusch
Illustrated by Mike Lawrence
Available August 2014
AMP! Comics for Kids