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Interview: Dana Simpson, Creator of ‘Phoebe and Her Unicorn’

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I interviewed Dana Simpson, the creator of the Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novels, when I was writing the article “Just Another Day in an LGBTQ Comic” for SLJ. As often happens, it was a great interview and I could only use a few sentences in the story, so I’m running it in full today. […]

Interview: Dan Parent on Kevin Keller

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This is one of a series of interviews I did while researching the article “Just Another Day in an LGBTQ Comic,” which appeared in the May 2017 issue of SLJ. When I started thinking about LGBTQ characters in children’s comics, Kevin Keller immediately sprang to mind, because when Kevin made his debut, in 2010, he […]

Interview: Pénélope Bagieu on ‘California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & the Papas’

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She is probably best known by the name Mama Cass, or perhaps by Cass Elliot, but the little girl who grew up to take on those names was first named Ellen Cohen by her parents. It is Ellen, and her journey to become Cass and one of the Mamas in The Mamas & The Papas […]

Interview: Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham on ‘Real Friends’

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I’m a sporadic social networker. On the rare day, when I have a few minutes of down time, I will go online and try and catch up on either Twitter or Facebook. So the other day, when I had a few minutes (read: procrastinating), I realized that the release date of Shannon Hale and LeUyen […]

Interview: Cecil Castellucci on ‘Soupy Leaves Home’

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Cecil Castellucci and Jose Pimienta’s Soupy Leaves Home, set during the Depression, is a story about a girl who walks away from an abusive home, disguises herself as a boy, and rides the rails as a hobo. Her companion and protector is Ramshackle, a much older man whose imagination and open-heartedness help her heal and […]

Fontana and Garbowska on ‘Super Hero Girls’—and Dinosaurs

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DC’s Super Hero Girls comics imagine what some of the most iconic female characters—Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and even Harley Quinn—would be like if they all went to the same middle school. We talked to writer Shea Fontana and artist Agnes Garbowska about the series a few weeks ago, and now that they are coming […]

Interview: Joey Weiser Talks ‘Mermin’

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Joey Weiser’s Mermin started out as, literally, a “fish out of water” story: A strange sea creature washes up on a beach, a boy takes him home, and we get to watch Mermin—the mer-man from Mer—cause general chaos at his new friend Pete’s home and school. But from the very beginning there are hints of […]

Interview: Shea Fontana and Agnes Garbowska Go Time-Traveling with ‘DC Superhero Girls’

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We know Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn from comics and movies, but what were they like as teenagers? That’s the basis for DC’s Super Hero Girls line of graphic novels, chapter books, animated shorts, games, and toys. In the world of Super Hero Girls, the female DC characters are all students at […]

Interview: First Second Designer Andrew Arnold

Andrew Arnold has a dual career: He’s the new (since August) associate director of art and design for the graphic novel imprint First Second, and he’s also a comics creator himself—he is one of the co-authors of Adventures in Cartooning (together with James Sturm and Alexis Frederick-Frost) and its many sequels and spinoffs. First Second, […]

Interview: Johnnie Christmas on ‘Angel Catbird’

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Novelist Margaret Atwood struck out in a new direction this year with her graphic novel series Angel Catbird, which is being published by Dark Horse; the first volume came out earlier this month. I interviewed Atwood at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and at the same time I also spoke to Johnnie Christmas, the artist […]