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Interview: Colleen AF Venable

On Sunday, May 8th, while attending the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, I ran around to as many of my favorite kids comics creators as I could and asked them all the exact same questions.  Keep in mind, conventions are crazy loud and crazy busy, so there is a lot of background noise.  Let me know in the comments if you have trouble hearing anything and I’ll translate for you.

Here’s the thing: If anyone ever invites you anywhere and you find out Colleen AF Venable is going to be there, accept the invitation.  Colleen is smart, funny, talented, and as entertaining as all get-out.  And I’m not saying that just because her Desert Island Book is one of my favorite books, too.

Colleen is the author of the Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye series, a set of goofy detective stories that take place in a pet store.  Volume three was released in March much to the delight of my library kids; the books are checked out so often I’ve had to add copies to the collection to satisfy demand.  Snow reviewed volume one for us here.

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Eva Volin About Eva Volin

Eva Volin is the Supervising Children's Librarian for the Alameda Free Library in California. She has written about graphic novels for such publications as Booklist, Library Journal, ICv2, Graphic Novel Reporter, and Children & Libraries. She has served on several awards committees including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics. She served on YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens committee for three years and is currently serving on ALSC's Notable Books for Children committee.


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