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Scholastic GraphixCon

Sat, Nov 7, 2020 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
Livestream at PDXBookFest.org
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Free

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Celebrate fifteen years of Scholastic’s Graphix imprint with superstar authors and artists! Hear more about how they write their books and create the art. Featuring Shannon Wright & Varian Johnson (Twins), Maria Scrivan (Nat Enough), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Chris Grine (Animorphs), and moderated by Oregon Book Award winner Aron Nels Steinke (Mr. Wolf’s Class).


PURCHASE THE INVASION TWINS | AMULET box set | FORGET ME NATFIELD TRIP

ALL BOOKS PURCHASED THROUGH FESTIVAL EVENTS, FROM ANNIE BLOOM’S BOOKSBROADWAY BOOKSGREEN BEAN BOOKS, OR POWELL’S BOOKS SUPPORT THE AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS WHO SHARE THEIR WORK AT THE FESTIVAL AND THE BOOKSELLERS WHO HAVE WORKED HARD TO KEEP THEIR BUSINESSES OPEN DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES. BY PURCHASING BOOKS FROM THESE BOOKSTORES YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE FESTIVAL.

Chris Grine

Chris Grine is the creator of Chickenhare and Time Shifters. He’s been making up stories since he was a kid, and not just to get out of trouble with his parents. Nowadays, Chris spends most of his time writing and illustrating books, drinking lots of coffee, and sleeping as little as possible. He spends his free time with his wife, playing with his kids, watching movies, and collecting action figures (but only the bad guys).

Purchase the Invasion (Animorphs #1) from Green Bean Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Varian Johnson

Varian Johnson is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Parker Inheritance, for which he won a Coretta Scott King Honor award; The Great Greene Heist, which was an ALA Notable Children's Book, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2014, and a Texas Library Association Lone Star List selection; and To Catch a Cheat, another Jackson Greene adventure and a Kids' Indie Next List pick. His latest book is Twins, illustrated by Shannon Wright. He lives with his family near Austin, Texas.

Purchase Twins from Green Bean Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Kazu Kibuishi

Kazu Kibuishi is the writer and artist of the New York Times bestselling AMULET graphic novel series, published by Scholastic Graphix. He is also the editor/art director/cover artist of the EXPLORER and FLIGHT comic anthologies, and the creator of the webcomic Copper. His debut graphic novel, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, won a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award in 2005. In 2012, he illustrated the covers for the Harry Potter 15th Anniversary Edition paperbacks. Kazu is 4th-generation Japanese-American. His great grandfather opened the oldest Japanese grocery store in the US, called The Katagiri Store (open since 1907), and it is located in New York City. His mother grew up in Brooklyn, but moved to Tokyo to attend Keio University. Kazu was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1978, and his brother was born in 1979. The family moved back to the United States in 1981, and the boys grew up near Los Angeles, California. Kazu began drawing comics at the age of 5. Despite spending much of his time drawing comics, Kazu decided not to attend art school and enrolled at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he graduated with a degree in Film and Media Studies in 2000. After graduating, he took jobs in graphic design, architecture, and the animation industry, but found his way back to making comics. He currently works as a full-time graphic novelist. He also speaks at schools. Kazu lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, author Amy Kim Kibuishi, and their children.

Purchase Supernova (Amulet #8) from Green Bean Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Maria Scrivan

Maria Scrivan is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning syndicated cartoonist. Her debut graphic novel, Nat Enough, was released in April 2020, and the follow-up, Forget Me Nat, in the following September. Maria’s laugh-out-loud comic, Half Full, appears daily in newspapers nationwide and on gocomics.com. Her cartoons have appeared in MAD Magazine, Parade, Highlights, Wired and many other publications. She also licenses her work for hundreds of greeting cards.

Purchase Forget Me Nat from Green Bean Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Shannon Wright

Shannon Wright is an illustrator and cartoonist based out of Richmond, Virginia. She illustrated the picture book My Mommy Medicine by Edwidge Danticat, and the graphic novel Twins by Varian Johnson. Some of her clients include the Guardian, TIME, the New York Times, Mother Jones, NPR, and Google.

Purchase Twins from Green Bean Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Aron Nels Steinke

Aron Nels Steinke is a cartoonist and elementary school teacher. He began making comics in 2006 with the help of a grant from the Xeric Foundation and never stopped. In 2015 he and his wife Ariel Cohn won the Best Publication for Early Readers Eisner Award for their book The Zoo Box (First Second Books). Mr. Wolf’s Class (Scholastic/Graphix) is his newest book series following the adventures of a class of anthropomorphs and their teacher who just so happens to be a wolf. The first book was a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection, received a starred review from Kirkus, and has won numerous awards including the Oregon Spirit Honor Award, the OTTER Award, and Kid’s Comics Choice Award, and the Beehive Award. The second book in the series, Mystery Club, was nominated for a 2019 Harvey Award. Aron and Ariel Cohn won the 2016 Oregon Book Award in Graphic Literature for Zoo Box.
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