Graphic novelist Victoria Jamieson will be conducting a hands-on craft workshop on creating graphic novels. Graphic novel workshops allow a more intimate learning experience for students.

The workshop will begin with a quick writing exercise and a discussion of the tools one can use while making comics: panels, word balloons, text boxes, etc. Students then complete their own autobiographical comic strip.

Victoria Jamieson author sitting in front of a window

Space is limited. Registration required. Suitable for anyone 10 or older.

Victoria will sign books following the program.

Community Partner: UN Association Southwest Connecticut Chapter and made possible with a grant from CT Humanities

Illustrating books takes many different forms and many different paths lead to that career. A panel of book illustrators including Sarah Becan, Rowam MacColl and Gregg Schigiel will discuss their journeys, their art and the publishing world with moderator Kerstin Rao.

If you missed the event, you can watch the recording here.

Sarah Becan has been drawing comics since she was very small. Her food-based autobiographical webcomic “I Think You’re Sauceome” sparked a love of food and culinary illustration, and her work has since appeared in various publications, including Saveur, Eater.com, Chicago Magazine, and the Chicago Reader. Her first graphic novel, The Complete Ouija Interviews, was a recipient of a Xeric award, and she illustrated Let's Make Dumplings!, Let's Make Ramen!, and The Adventures of Fat Rice. Currently residing in Chicago, she would be very happy to do nothing but draw food all day.

Rowan MacColl is a queer New York based comic artist and illustrator who is fascinated by horror, history, and romance. She lives off of ink and coffee, sometimes mixing the two up.

Gregg Schigiel (Schigiel rhymes with beagle) fell in love with superheroes, animated cartoons, and comic books at an early age. He loved to draw, create characters, and make up stories. Now, Gregg is the creator, author and illustrator of the Kids’ Comics Award–winning PIX graphic novel series, and the chapter book hybrid graphic novel series, ZOOPERHERO UNIVERSE. In addition, he’s drawn for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Disney, and Nickelodeon, and wrote and drew many stories for SPONGEBOB COMICS. Gregg has baked prizewinning cookies, enjoys comedy, and makes sure he drinks plenty of water.

Kerstin Rao's mission is to spread creativity and joy, whether through her art and stationery business, CuppaCards, or through her coaching service, Curate Your Mate. For 22 years, Kerstin was a teacher with the Westport Schools and is forever proud of all her former students. She and her husband Vijay live in a cozy cape in Westport, nurturing a garden of native plants and loads of local friendships.


Creative Writing
The Art of Comics
Self-Publishing

Zoom in for a virtual graphic novel meet up where we will be discussing The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) by Kazu Kibuishi.  Hardcopy and ebooks available from the library.

Please register here.

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