Inspiration Friday – Graphic Novels for Kids 2

Comic Journalism

What’s it like to have your mom charged with murder? Combining traditional journalism research and storytelling with a cartoon format, Eleri Harris creates a FREE episodic comic.  Story: “Tasmania’s most controversial murder conviction.”  The facts: “In 2009, a yacht was found sinking on its moorings, Sarah Bowles’ step-father was missing and her mother was charged with his murder. There was no body, no murder weapon, no witnesses and no motive.” Hear an interview with Eleri Harris about the creation of this graphic novel.

Marginalization + How Much Summer Camp Can Suck 

Volume 1 of “Melanie Gillman’s excellent webcomic of the same name, a story about an all-girls sleepaway camp and the troop who goes there one summer. The focus is on Charlie, a 13-year-old who feels out of place at the overtly religious and adamantly female-focused camp, isolated from everyone else by race, orientation, and the fact that Charlie clearly has a better understanding of what feminism is than most of the adults running the place.”

Tenements, Towers & Trash

Urban history for older kids in a graphic novel format. An illustrated history of the blocks, the buildings, and the guts of New York City. Author, Julia Wertz, is known for her  illustrated columns in The New Yorker and Harper’s.  Great resource fo kids with an interest in urban planning, architecture or history. Read an excerpt at the New Yorker about the career of journalist, Nellie Bly .

Anatomy of a Graphic Novel Pitch

Not much is out there on how and where to pitch your graphic novel. Sub-it Club offers some introductory thoughts on testing the water with a graphic novel submission.

You might want to look at my previous Inspiration Friday: Graphic Novels for Kids.