Kirk Benshoff


Meet Kirk

Kirk Benshoff oversees the graphic novel team and manages the format for all of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. His overarching objective is to perfect the graphic novel workflow in the trade market. This involves education, responsible practices/expectations for creators, and developing a streamlined comic-specific process. This process aims to reduce overhead costs and increase predictability for publishers, allowing creators to enjoy creative freedom while working in a sustainable structure that minimizes expenses and maintains high morale, all while upholding a strong commitment to craftsmanship. Central to his strategy is prioritizing author care, determining project factors and objectives early, “Proof of Concept” pages to flesh out details, and just having fun making comics.

Sessions + Events

Critiques + Reviews

  • Portfolio Review
  • PB Dummy Review
  • Graphic Novel Pitch

TRIFECTA PART 1: Publishing Landscape and Production - Half Day Intensive

Small class size. Learn more.

TRIFECTA PART 2: Lettering - Breakout

Saturday, Sept 21st 8:30 am - 9:30 am


In this workshop, we will cover best practices for lettering and how it’s handled in the industry. We will discuss different styles, choices, and techniques involved with this art form and compare examples of successful options throughout the presentation.

TRIFECTA PART 3: Coloring - Breakout

Saturday, Sept 21st 2 pm - 3 pm


This session will explore how color is different in comics. Participants will learn how to take advantage of color, use it as a tool, and get the best out of color palettes for stories. This will be a great session to prep anyone going into comics!

Faculty Q&A Panel

Sunday, Sept 22nd 10:45 am - 11:45 am

Knox Auditorium

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