Breaking the Frame: Exploring the Expanding Universe of Graphic Novel Illustration
Instructors: Linda Camacho, Laurent Linn, Raina Telgemeier, Jen Wang
Audience: Illustrators with an interest in illustrating (or writing and illustrating) graphic novels for any age range from early chapter books to young adult
Level: All, from pre-published to published
Description: Over the past many years, graphic novels have become an essential part of children’s literature, bringing important and meaningful stories to readers of all ages. But crafting visual stories for graphic novels is unlike illustrating for any other book genre, and navigating the aspects of artistic expression, storytelling, work/life balance, and the business side can be tricky. In this Creative Lab, we will dive deep into all of these areas, guided by some of the top graphic novel creators in publishing to help you on your creative journeys in creating your art and telling your stories.
Materials needed in class: There will be in-class drawing exercises, so bring materials for drawing: pencils, pens, paper, but also a laptop or iPad if you sketch that way. (Note that the hotel Wi-Fi may be slow and electrical outlets unavailable, so make sure all software is loaded/ updated and your battery is fully charged.)
Attendees in this Creative Lab will learn:
Attendees in this Creative Lab will leave with:
Session One – Saturday, February 11
Session Two – Saturday, February 11
Session Three – Sunday, February 12,
About Your instructors:
Linda Camacho is an agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. She graduated from Cornell with a B.S. in Communication and has held various positions at Penguin Random House, Dorchester, Simon & Schuster, and Writers House. She’s done everything from foreign rights to editorial, to marketing, to operations and received her MFA in children’s writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Linda represents bestselling and award-winning creatives such as Yamile Saied Méndez, K. O’Neill, and Wendy Xu.
Laurent Linn, art director at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, collaborates on picture books, middle grade, teen, and graphic novels with both celebrated and new illustrators such as Rosemary Wells, Bryan Collier, John Parra, Raúl Colón, and Vashti Harrison. He is also the author/illustrator of the critically acclaimed young adult novel Draw the Line. Laurent is on the SCBWI Advisory Council and is the artistic advisor for the annual Original Art exhibit at the Society of Illustrators in New York. Laurent began his career as a puppet designer/builder in Jim Henson’s Muppet Workshop, creating characters for productions including the Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island films, and eventually becoming the creative director for the Sesame Street Muppets, winning an Emmy Award. Learn more online at www.laurentlinn.com or on Instagram and Facebook: Laurent Linn.
Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, Sisters, Ghosts, and Guts, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club series, and has contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina’s accolades include six Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best-of and Notables lists. Raina lives and works in San Francisco, California.
Jen Wang is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of several graphic novels for young readers including Stargazing (winner of the 2020 Asian/Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature), The Prince and the Dressmaker, and In Real Life co-written with Cory Doctorow. She is also a co-founder and organizer for Comic Arts LA. She lives in Los Angeles.