A few weeks ago, I was invited by Barnes & Noble to give a talk on comics at their Get Pop-Cultured event. What an honor! See Kazu Kibuishi's amazing cover there? Amulet: Prince of the Elves was my very first job in the industry. I discussed what it was like working with a team of artists on the Amulet series and how that eventually led to my first published piece in the anthology, Explorer: The Lost Islands.
We talked all about story outlines, pencils, colors and last minute edits. I was a little worried about rambling on for too long , but the kids were soaking up everything like sponges. Some even started asking some super specific, nitty gritty industry questions. How awesome! It's always nice to know your audience is just as enthusiastic about a particular topic as you.
After a while, we handed out sheets with random scribbles on them for a character creation exercise. I wish I had taken pictures of what everyone came up with. There were some very creative kids in this group, I was completely blown away by everyone's talent!
To be honest, this was my first time giving a talk of this sort by myself, so I was a incredibly nervous. However, everyone was so sweet and attentive... whatever stomach butterflies I had faded away instantly. :D
Thank you so much, everyone who attended! It was great hanging out with all of you!