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Interview: Paul Pope

On Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, while attending the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, 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, exhibit halls 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.

It’s not every day that a literary rockstar changes direction by changing audiences. That the rockstar in question was Paul Pope got people buzzing, so I was pretty excited to get to talk with him about his newest book, Battling Boy. I’d gotten a sneak peek at the book (and by that I mean I’d gotten a copy of the ARC the day before this interview took place) and was thrilled with what I read. This is really good stuff (and the multiple starred reviews this book has earned agree).

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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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