Influences & Outfluences: How I Make Comics for Kids

Event details

Friday, June 14, 2024 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Koessler Room, Michigan League

911 N University Ave

Event typeLecture/Discussion
SeriesAnn Arbor Comic Arts Festival

Join us for a panel discussion that delves into the creative processes of three acclaimed comics creators: Jen Wang, Nathan Hale, and James Kochalka. They will explore the multifaceted world of comics and graphic novels, particularly those crafted for young audiences. This conversation aims to uncover the diverse array of influences that inspire our panelists' artistic visions, extending beyond the boundaries of the comic book industry.

Our panel will share personal insights about how various art forms, cultures, and storytelling traditions have left an indelible mark on their work, thus enriching the visual and narrative depth of their comics. The discussion promises to tackle how each creator’s body of work challenges and redefines the existing assumptions about stories for children and young readers within the comics genre. How do they push the envelope in terms of themes, characters, and representation? How do they craft stories that resonate with young minds while offering complexity and sophistication?

Moderated by Michigan State University professor and comics creator Ryan Claytor, this discussion is an opportunity to gain an understanding of the thoughtful considerations these creators make in producing engaging, innovative, and culturally relevant content for the next generation of readers. Whether you're a comics enthusiast, an aspiring artist, or an educator, "Influences & Outfluences" will inspire, inform, and broaden your perception of what comics for young people can achieve.


Library contact

David S Carter ·

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