Lost Time is a middle grade graphic novel about a young girl surviving in the late Cretaceous of North America, with a Quetzalcoatlus as her only companion. It is my first published graphic novel.

It follows 12-year-old Evie, now stranded in time, surviving on her own in the wilds of the Cretaceous. After raising Ada from a egg, the two explore the world together, all in attempts for Evie to get back to humanity again.

The book is aimed at middle grade (ages 9-12)

From the publisher:

Twelve-year-old Evie didn’t mean to get lost—especially in the Cretaceous period! Now she’s alone, without her parents or anyone else to turn to for help. That is until she rescues a baby pterosaur and raises it on her own. As the baby grows into a giraffe-sized flying reptile, which Evie names Ada, the two manage to to find a way to survive in the prehistoric wilderness.

But Evie will have to risk everything when she makes a discovery that may just be her only chance of returning home. Putting Ada’s flying skills to the ultimate test, the duo must embark on a journey halfway across the world—battling all nature throws at them, from fearsome dinosaurs to raging storms. Will Evie manage to overcome all the odds and find a way back to her family… or is she truly lost in time?


You can order it wherever books are sold!


“Palpably affectionate…Delightfully improbable adventures plus dinosaurs galore!” Kirkus

“Mukanik takes extra care in illustrating the various Cretaceous creatures, all of which are marvelously detailed while still maintaining an expressive cartoon quality, and the action-packed prehistoric jungle setting makes for excellent atmosphere and world building. Middle-grade comics fans looking for adventure with accurate depictions of dinosaurs will be very satisfied with this.” —Booklist

“The fantastic artwork, with bright and vivid illustrations of prehistoric creatures, will charm middle graders. The expressive colors, detailed drawings, and panoramic scenes of a beautiful and undeveloped Earth create a magnificent adventure. Young readers will thoroughly ­enjoy this story.” – School Library Journal

“Readers who enjoy manga will like the vivid style of the pictures…The drawings of dinosaurs (and other ancient creatures), as well as the notes in the back on different species, will please the children who are obsessed with these animals and can identify all of the different ones by name…[G]reat for emergent readers…[D]efinitely pick up Lost Time for a young dinosaur fan.” – YA Books Central

“[An] incredible middle grade graphic novel that has everything from time travel to a baby pterosaur…It is legitimately a ton of fun. A good old-fashioned survival tale and a fun book to boot.” —Elizabeth Bird, Fuse 8, an SLJ Blog

“[A] fun adventure…[T]here’s a good mix of action and danger as well as some slapstick humor.” – GeekDad


Early Test Pages

Concept Illustrations

Development & Sketches