This Year’s Panels
Meet the authors and hear our YA panels outside the Book Store at the Santa Rosa Junior College.
10:30-11:45: Novel Storytelling: The Art of the Graphic Novel, Chapter 1, with Brent Anderson (Astro City), Karen Luk (Steampunk ABC and Encounters), Emily C Martin (PrinceLess and Otherkinds), and Alexis Fajardo (Kid Beowulf)
12:00-1:15: Our World and Beyond, with Corrine Jackson (Pushed), Stacey Jay (Of Beast and Beauty) , Stephanie Kuehn (Charm & Strange), CJ Omololu (Transcendence and Intuition) and Corina Vacco (My Chemical Mountain)
1:30-2:45: Novel Storytelling: The Art of the Graphic Novel, Chapter 2, with Brent Anderson (Astro City), Brian Fies (Mom’s Cancer; Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow), and Paige Braddock (Jane’s World, the Martian Confederacy)
YA Panel Authors
We have an exciting lineup of YA authors this year so be certain to stop by our new venue at the Santa Rosa Junior College where we’ll be this year.
Brent Anderson was born in San Jose, California and has created an impressive list of notable comics series over the past 37 years, including the award-winning Astro City, the heroic space-opera Strikeforce Morituri, the innovative cinematic comic, Somerset Holmes and the Marvel Graphic Novel “God Loves, Man Kills.”He is currently working on a monthly Astro City series for DC/Vertigo, El Jaguár, a topical graphic novel collaboration with writer Shirley Johnston, and a newspaper-style comic strip “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”Visit Brent’s web site, www.brentandersonart.com <http://www.brentandersonart.com> to see more of what he’s working on.
Karen Luk is a part-time art teacher and a freelance illustrator who creates comics. The Cartoon Art Museum and Google have exhibited her work. She is a graduate of the California College of Art with a BFA in Illustration.
Emily C Martin is the founder of Megamoth Studio, a collective of comic artists young and old, and teaches illustration and sequential art with her husband, Brett Grunig. She is the artist of “PrinceLess,” with the Eisner-nominated writer Jeremy Whitley, and also draws her own webcomic, “Otherkinds,” with local writer Brandon Lake. Her hobbies include gardening, Tae Kwon Do and watching other people play video games.
Alexis Fajardo is a student of the classics–whether Daffy Duck or Damocles–and has created a unique blend of the two in his graphic novel series, Kid Beowulf. When not penning Kid Beowulf, Lex works for PEANUTS at the Charles M. Schulz Studio in Santa Rosa, where he is the Managing Editor and sometimes writer for the ongoing monthly comic book, PEANUTS, published by BOOM! Studios. www.kidbeowulf.com www.facebook.com/kidbeowulf
Brian Fies’ first graphic novel, Mom’s Cancer, won the comics industry’s Eisner and Harvey awards as well as other international recognition. His second book, Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow, earned the American Astronautical Society’s Emme Award and was recently picked up by Scholastic. He lives in Santa Rosa.
Paige Braddock graduated with a degree in Fine Art from the University of Tennessee. She worked as an illustrator for several newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune and The Atlanta Constitution, before accepting a position as Creative Director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. Paige is the creator of the Eisner nominated series, “Jane’s World,” and co-creator of the series “The Martian Confederacy.”
Corrine Jackson lives in San Francisco, where she works at a top marketing agency managing campaigns for several Fortune 500 clients. She has bachelor and master degrees in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. Her YA novels include If I Lie (Simon Pulse), Touched (KTeen), and Pushed (KTeen). Visit her at CorrineJackson.com or on Twitter at @Cory_Jackson.
Stacey Jay is the author of numerous books for Young Adults, including the popular Juliet Immortal and Romeo Redeemed. She lives in a tree house down by the river with her husband, two boys, and her beloved sewing machine. Learn more at www.staceyjay.com
Stephanie Kuehn holds degrees in linguistics and sport psychology, and is currently working toward a doctorate in clinical psychology. She lives in Northern California with her husband, their three children, and a joyful abundance of pets. When she’s not writing, she’s running. Or reading. Or dreaming. Her debut young adult novel, CHARM & STRANGE, is out now. COMPLICIT will be published in 2014.
CJ Omololu majored in English at U.C. Santa Barbara because she liked to read, not because she liked to write. Eventually, she discovered that the voices in her head often have interesting things to say. Her published works include DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, TRANSCENDENCE, and sequel INTUITION. CJ recently sold a YA thriller THE THIRD TWIN for publication in early 2015.
Corina Vacco first felt compelled to write about toxic towns while living in Western New York, where she joined the fight against a toxic landfill adjacent to an elementary school. A city girl, fledgling guitarist, world traveler, and hopeless Chicago Cubs fan, she lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband, who is a member of the Coast Guard, and their magnificent, puddle-splashing, car-loving little boy. MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN is Corina’s first novel. Share your pollution-inspired stories, poetry, or artwork with her when you visit www.mychemicalmountain.com.