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Author News & Interviews

Interview: Queenie Chan, author of The Dreaming: The Collection

Jun 24, 2008

Queenie Chan was barely an adult when she began drawing, but in a short amount of time, she was able to make a successful manga career out of it. Launching her career with The Dreaming, she expanded her work with TokyoPop by working as an illustrator on some of the graphic novels based on Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas books. Chan talked to GraphicNovelReporter about how she got started, what her work process is like, and what advice she has for people interested in making their own comics professionally.

Interview: Jessica Abel, author of Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond

Jun 10, 2008

What made you decide to create this book? Why do it now?

Jessica Abel: The immediate inspiration came when Matt was pitching his book 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style to publishers. Our agent, Bob Mecoy, found that lots of editors were intrigued but thought the book was a bit too esoteric. But if Matt could write a “how to write a graphic novel” book, well, that would be another story. When I heard this, I jumped right in. We didn’t want to write the book they were asking for, but we’d already thought of trying to write a real textbook on comics—someday—and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Interview: Greg Weisman, author of Gargoyles: Clan Building Vol. 1

Jan 23, 2008

Greg Weisman has been professionally involved with comics since his days at college. After initially being at DC, he branched out to work for Disney and sold them the animated series Gargoyles. Though Gargoyles is no longer airing new episodes, Weisman has launched a bestselling comics series dealing with the characters. He told GraphicNovelReporter about how he broke into the comics business, the early stages of Gargoyles, and his latest work with Young Justice.

Interview: Kazu Kibuishi, author of Amulet, Book One: The Stonekeeper

Jan 1, 2008

Following the success of his highly praised Flight series of anthologies, writer and artist Kazu Kibuishi got busy creating Amulet, one of the most fun and creative fantasy stories to come down the pike in ages. Here he discusses both and details what’s in store for each.
 

Interview: Robert Venditti, author of The Surrogates

Sep 13, 2006

In a world that grows ever more complicated and technical and full of computerized aloofness, how human we all remain is a matter of debate. In Robert Venditti’s vision of a future world, computer technology is able to replace human weakness in every way. Robotlike stand-ins take the place of living, breathing beings in his landmark work The Surrogates, which takes place nearly half a century into our future—a future where aging is hidden behind perfect-looking duplicates. These pseudo-clones can also do things like have sex in your place (neurosensors deliver all the pleasurable sensations directly to your brain), and you can even smoke afterward without worrying about damaging your health (you get the nicotine high sensation, while your duplicate gets all the carcinogens).