“I’m interested in doing good comics for kids.”
- Nick Abadzis, author of Laika
Sorry for the delay gang – a hectic party schedule (including one where Shirley Manson from the band Garbage and Sarah Silverman attended) along with a messed up internet connection forced me to combine days two and three. But I promise way more content to come.
The con is still just as hectic with insane crowds coming to see the huge number of Hollywood stars signing at various booths. Saw Fred Savage in the crowd too!
A couple interesting tidbits:
- I spoke with David Saylor of Scholastic/Graphix who said that there are plans for more Bone after volume 9 comes out in Spring 2009. It will be peripheral material that has been published before but adapted for a children’s audience.
- Raina Telgemeier gave me some insight on her next book following the 4th Baby-Sitter’s Club title. Longtime fans of hers will GRIN at what’s upcoming and I’m sure so will a whole new audience of kids.
- The publisher Abrams who put Diary of a Wimpy Kid into the hands of fans across all ages is starting a full-fledged imprint called Abrams ComicArts to include comics and comic-related art books. No children’s titles are featured in the first offerings and it remains to be seen if the children’s end of the line will be expanded beyond Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
I also attended an interesting panel called The World of Graphic Novels where Eddie Campbell expressed his frustration that the focus on graphic novels these days has been in the children’s sector. He remarked that had been approached by several YA authors to illustrate graphic novels they had been working on but was far more interested in working on adult work. Nick Abadzis agreed with a YA librarian in the audience that graphic novels for kids are important to get kids interested in the format in order for them to move onto more adult works. I think that even more importantly kids comics are teaching an entire generation a new learned language of comics and will absolutely lead to reading more graphic novels as adults. I’m not saying that all adults now won’t read graphic novels but it is defintely a challenge for most. Another woman in the audience had said that she brought Persepolis to her book club to read and not one member managed to finish it. Despite all the talk these days of graphic novels, I’m certain we are only on our first baby steps here with more exciting times to come.