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Scholastic GraphixCon: Middle Grade Graphic Novels

Five of the most exciting middle grade graphic novelists all on one stage! Featuring Gale Galligan (The Baby-sitters Club: Boy-crazy Stacy), Jennifer L. Holm (Sunny Rolls the Dice), Molly Knox Ostertag (The Midwinter Witch), Aron Nels Steinke (Mr. Wolf’s Class: Lucky Stars), and Raina Telgemeier (Guts). Moderated by Jonathan Hill (Science Comics: Wild Weather).

Please note: Raina Telgemeier will sign books for the first 200 people who purchase a book at the festival. Signing tickets will be distributed upon entry to the event.

Attendees 17 years of age and younger and/or with valid high school ID enjoy free admission. Advance Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Gale Galligan

Gale Galligan is the creator of New York Times bestselling graphic novel adaptations of Dawn and the Impossible Three and Kristy's Big Day by Ann M. Martin. When Gale isn't making comics, she enjoys knitting, reading, and spending time with her adorable pet rabbits. She lives in Pleasantville, New York.
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Jennifer L. Holm

Jennifer L. Holm is the New York Times bestselling and three-time Newbery Honor Winning author of multiple novels for young readers. With her brother Matthew, Jennifer created the graphic novel series Babymouse and Squish. Her latest books are Sunny Rolls the Dice and The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight. She lives in California. 
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Molly Knox Ostertag

Molly Ostertag grew up in the forests of upstate New York, where she spent the first half of her childhood reading about fantastical adventures and the second half acting them out with foam swords at a live action roleplaying group. She currently lives in California and graduated in 2014 from the School of Visual Arts, where she studied cartooning and illustration. The Witch Boy was her middle-grade graphic novel debut, and is followed by 2019's The Midwinter Witch.
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Aron Nels Steinke

Aron Nels Steinke is the Eisner Award-winning coauthor (with Ariel Cohn) and illustrator of The Zoo Box. He’s a second- and third-grade teacher by day, and a cartoonist by night. His most recent book is Lucky Stars (Mr. Wolf's Class #3). He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and son. 
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Raina Telgemeier

Raina Telgemeier is the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning creator of Smile and Sisters, which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. Her most recent book is Guts. She is also the creator of Drama and Ghosts, and is the adapter and illustrator of four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Please note: Raina Telgemeier will sign books for the first 200 people who purchase a book at the festival. Signing tickets will be distributed upon entry to the event.

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Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill is an Ignatz-nominated cartoonist who lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and cat. He was the artist on Americus and has had work in books from Fantagraphics, Dark Horse, and Roar. His first solo book will be published by Oni Press. His newest book is Science Comics: Wild Weather: Storms, Meteorology, and Climate. He also teaches comics in the illustration department of the Pacific Northwest College of Art. 

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