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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 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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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 award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and educator. His work has appeared in The Believer Magazine, Fantagraphics, Powell's City of Books, and the Society of Illustrators. His graphic novel, Odessa, was a finalist for the 2021 PNBA Book Awards and won the 2021 Believer Book Award for Graphic Literature. He has a forthcoming graphic novel for middle readers from Walker Books in Fall 2022, Tales of a Seventh Grade Lizard Boy. Jonathan also serves on the board of directors for Literary Arts.

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