Person, Pacing, and Presentation: What makes a good comic/graphic novel
Comics promote visual literacy as well as reading enjoyment and problem-solving skills. They stand apart because of the interplay between text and image, working together to create the larger narrative. This session unpacks the anatomy and design of graphic novels, and how illustrations enhance the text and vice versa. You’ll never look at comics the same way again!
Mel Schuit is a picture book enthusiast with an MA in Children’s Literature, an MFA in Writing for Children, and a BA in Studio Art. In addition to Let’s Talk Picture Books, Mel is active on Instagram at @ltpbexchange where she hosts a quarterly series of one-on-one picture book swaps and @kidlitpickswhere she co-hosts a monthly themed picture book club. Mel is also a member of the Children’s Book Council’s Graphic Novel Committee and a contributing reviewer for The Comics Journal.
Alex Graudins is the cartoonist behind The Brain book of First Second’s middle grade Science Comics series. Currently hiding out in li’l Rhode Island, she holds a BFA in Cartooning from the School of Visual Arts and has done work for sites like The Nib and CollegeHumor. She has a penchant for memoirs and narratives that tackle the topics of anxiety and friendship.” Visit her at http://toonyart.com/
LeUyen Pham is the creator of over one hundred books for kids, including The Princess in Black series by Shannon and Dean Hale, Grace for President, by Kelly DiPucchio, Freckleface Strawberry by actress Julianne Moore, and Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace, now a Disney Channel series. Her own books include Big Sister, Little Sister, A Piece of Cake, and The Bear Who Wasn’t There. She recently collaborated with Mo Willems on his Elephant and Piggy Present series with her title The Itchy Book. She has also illustrated several graphic novels, including Real Friends by Shannon Hale. LeUyen lives in California with her lovely husband (who is also an artist), her two adorable boys, and a cat named Sardine. More information can be found on her website.
Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!