Jessica Walton & Aśka – Stars in Their Eyes


Jessica Walton is a picture book author, teacher, parent, daughter of a transparent, proud queer, disabled woman, and musician living on unceded Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri land in Victoria, Australia with her wife and children.

Jessica wrote Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship to help explain gender identity in a simple, positive way to her kids.  Introducing Teddy began as a Kickstarter project but has now been published in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia by Bloomsbury.

Jessica’s new book Stars in Their Eyes has just been published by Fremantle Press (@FremantlePress) and is available to purchase.  Wonderfully illustrated by Aśka who (you can find more information about Aśka at co-founded an alternative comic book duo, Ask Dr Wang, creating numerous titles in 2006, which were published both in Perth and Melbourne, (Local Act ComicsPerth Comic CollectiveArtrage) and created graphics for local music bands, festivals and community events as a freelance illustrator.



Synopsis of Stars in Their Eyes via

Maisie has always dreamed of meeting her hero, Kara Bufano, an amputee actor who plays a kick-arse amputee character in her favourite show.

Fancon is big and exciting and exhausting. Then she meets Ollie, a cute volunteer who she has a lot in common with. Could this be the start of something, or will her mum, who doesn’t seem to know what boundaries are, embarrass her before she and Ollie have a chance?




Stars in Their Eyes is a captivating graphic novel with a beautiful art style, a diverse and inclusive cast and a fluffy like-at-first-sight romance that will have fans miss conventions and meet cutes to boot.’ Nerd Daily

‘Give me all the nerdiness, all the love, and all the cracking visuals.’ AU Review with full article at


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