Muddy Max: The Mystery of Marsh Creek



Award-winning author and illustrator team make middle-grade graphic novel debut with Muddy Max


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​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 KirkusSchool Library JournalNBC NewsBooklist, The New York Public Library
  • Children’s choice awards in Arizona, Illinois, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Learn more about the author at

View the illustrator’s work at

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.


Muddy Max:

The Mystery of Marsh Creek

Written by Elizabeth Rusch

Illustrated by Mike Lawrence

Available August 2014

224 Pages


AMP! Comics for Kids

ISBN 9781449435615