When the line between science and magic is blurred,
strange things are bound to occur…
It is a remarkable fact that everything is made of atoms,
yet atoms are made of empty space.
99.9999999999999% empty space.
And so it is.
If you squeezed all the emptiness out of humanity —
what’s left over would occupy less space than a sugar cube.
The universe began with light.
Now humans are vanishing. Dronics are watching.
And bands of orphaned children are hiding in the dark.
But a 12-year-old amnesiac and a pint-sized boy-genius
are about to unravel a mystery that just might save their world:
Where have all the people gone?
WALBY & STICKS is the story they’d write if Mad Max, Stephen Hawking, and Harry Potter all got together to write a middle grade adventure. The story weaves together a basic examination of science vs. magic, brought out by the Mulder/Scully dynamic of the two main characters. Sticks—a disillusioned genius á la Artemis Fowl—is a pure scientist, and relentlessly logical in his examination of the world. Until he meets Walby, a wildly emotional amnesiac who seems to have something magical in her blood, though no one knows exactly what. Together, the odd pair set off into a world where humans have all but disappeared while nature has reclaimed the land. They try to piece together Walby’s past, following a trail of clues which eventually lead to a hidden lab, run by survivors of the Vanishing, where they stay to prepare for the only fight left that matters…the fight for the children of the disappeared.
Please also take a look at After the Vanishing for additional illustrations from Sticks own notebook, meant to be integrated with this project.