It’s graphic novel time! How are graphic novels created? How do you balance the story and art? If adapting a novel, how do you make the leap from text to illustration? What advantages are there to the graphic novel format, or limitations?
Amber Benson is most well known for her role as Tara McClay on the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to acting, she has written and directed three feature films and an animated web series for the BBC. In 2009, she added author to her resume when adult urban fantasy, Death’s Daughter, as well as her children’s book, Among the Ghosts, were published. She made her very first LeakyCon appearance in Chicago as a... Read More →
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming novels, The Iron Trial (the first book of the Magisterium series with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a finalist for the... Read More →
Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels as well as Copper, and Daisy Kutter. He is also the cover artist of the recently released 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling, and the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically acclaimed comic series. Kazu Kibuishi lives in Seattle, Washington with his family. Find him on... Read More →
Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true story. She met her husband in junior high and can hardly get him to read her books, let alone her emails. Her second novel, Eleanor & Park &ndash... Read More →
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest novel, Afterworlds, is about a young writer navigating the world of YA publishing. It comes out September 23, 2014.