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Research / Re: Looking for searchable, free database of historical photos
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on November 22, 2021, 06:59 PM »
Look for historical societies with online archives at your location. To me, that would be the best bet. Good luck.
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Research / Looking for searchable, free database of historical photos
« Last post by JodyJS on November 22, 2021, 11:45 AM »
Preferably searchable by location and/or date. Thanks!
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You could try searching through some hashtags on Instagram and Twitter. Some of these would work: #kidlitcomics, #kidlitcartoonist, #kidlitgn and #kidlitgraphicnovel.

I'll also throw my hat into the ring- I'm an illustrator, and I have several years' experience illustrating and writing a comic for a middle grade audience. You're welcome to take a look at my website, linked in my signature below!
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Graphic Novels / Re: Focused resources for finding an artist for graphic novel
« Last post by christripp on November 22, 2021, 03:40 AM »
https://childrensillustrators.com is a top notch Kid Lit Illustrators portfolio site.
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Graphic Novels / Re: Any Writing Courses?
« Last post by Susan99 on November 21, 2021, 08:52 PM »
Thanks everyone for the info!
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Have you looked at SCBWI's Illustrator Gallery: https://www.scbwi.org/illustrator-gallery/? At least that site will have people intending work for children.

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Graphic Novels / Focused resources for finding an artist for graphic novel
« Last post by A. S. Templeton on November 21, 2021, 03:02 PM »
It is proving very difficult to find an illustrator for my graphic novel script. The usual artist portfolio sites e.g. behance, globalcomix, and deviantart are seething oceans of thumbnails, with search tools either nonexistent or mostly ineffective at narrowing down searches for candidates. My eyeballs are hanging from their sockets from scrolling through seemingly endless superhero fanart, all-looks-the-same mangastyle, and quite a bit of squicky stuff that borders on NSFW.

I have posted an open query on the KidLitGN FB group and sent out a few queries via behance messaging, but I feel sure that I am missing out on 99.99% of otherwise suitable artist needles in miles-high haystacks of online portfolios.

Anyone have tips on finding kid-friendly illustrators for my GN?
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I suggest going as far as you can for free because you want to be in a position where the manuscript won't need many rounds of revision, each at a cost.

This.

After you've taken it as far as you can. Swap stories with another writer. You'll be amazed at how much you learn by giving critiques too. And send your work out. If you're not getting any bites, then it's time to start looking into paid crits. Good luck!

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Graphic Novels / Re: Any Writing Courses?
« Last post by Ev on November 20, 2021, 05:42 AM »
This isn't a writing course but might have some tips for you. It's a free presentation sponsored by Children's Book Insider.

https://writeforkids.org/blog/kidlit-distancing-social-replays/   look for #68 "Writing Graphic Novels for Beginning Readers"
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