Margaret McNamara on the NYCC Origins of ‘The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot’


While most people associate New York Comic Con with guest panels, cool swag and comics, comics, comics, there’s another side to big cons like NYCC: A business side. Put artists, writers, editors and agents in one place, and there’s going to be a lot of networking.

Children’s author Margaret McNamara may know this better than most. The idea that eventually became her new book, The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot – a science fiction take on the Three Little Pigs – first came to mind during a trip to NYCC:

“Four years ago, I went to New York Comic-con and met with a lot of artists. Artist after artist told me that what they liked to draw more than anything else were…aliens and robots. And they had loved aliens and robots ever since they were kids. As I sat having coffee between meetings, I thought: Hmmm. I guess a book that would really appeal to an artist — and to kids — would have aliens and robots as characters. Maybe even something like…the three little robots and the big bad alien — or better, The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot. And that’s the way the story began.”

McNamara ultimately partnered with artist Mark Fearing, and The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot was released in late September. Children love the book for its whimsical characters and futuristic themes, and parents for its educational content. The book’s flyleaves are illustrated with the planets of the solar system, providing a great starting point for children to learn about outer space:

Bork, Gork, and Nklxwyz (try saying that one), strike off on their own to find their own place in the universe. The three little aliens are happily settling into their new homes when the infamous Big Bad Robot flies in to crack and smack and whack their houses down! A chase across space ensues as the three little aliens search for a way—any way—to thwart the monstrous robot.

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot is available now from your favorite book retailer.