Like all Interstellar Empire kids her age, robot-obsessed and stubbornly independent Liz is being groomed to become part of the inescapable Empire’s conquering machine. But after her grandma was executed for helping refugees, and one of her best friends’ parents was arrested on similar charges, Liz and her two BFFs aren’t so sure they like the stinky Empire all that much. So, they spend their time off school sitting in their rooftop hideout, gossiping about their Empire-appointed fart of a teacher.
When Liz finds an old and snarky space drone in her grandad’s basement, she repairs them and accidentally runs into an Empire spaceship while testing their Teleport to Space function. Now, her drone is State Enemy no. 1, and Liz can’t help but wonder if her tech skills could help save her friend’s parents before they meet the same fate as her grandma.
LIZ BUILDS A SPACE DRONE SQUAD is a stand-alone 200-page middle-grade science fiction graphic novel with series potential. Think WITCH HAT ATELIER meets BIG HERO 6. Readers who liked CLEOPATRA IN SPACE and ZITA THE SPACEGIRL might also enjoy Liz’s story.
I write and draw kids comics from my studio in Ghent, Belgium, generally accompanied by my husband, our cat and our baby boy. In a previous life, I got my Master in Psychology, started a PhD, and even ended up co-authoring an award-winning academic article in a top journal in my field. Luckily, these days, my hours are filled with less statistics and more robots. I am on most social media platforms using the username @myrjamvdv.