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Archives - June 2008

Interview: Queenie Chan, author of The Dreaming: The Collection

Jun 24, 2008

Queenie Chan was barely an adult when she began drawing, but in a short amount of time, she was able to make a successful manga career out of it. Launching her career with The Dreaming, she expanded her work with TokyoPop by working as an illustrator on some of the graphic novels based on Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas books. Chan talked to GraphicNovelReporter about how she got started, what her work process is like, and what advice she has for people interested in making their own comics professionally.

Interview: Jessica Abel, author of Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond

Jun 10, 2008

What made you decide to create this book? Why do it now?

Jessica Abel: The immediate inspiration came when Matt was pitching his book 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style to publishers. Our agent, Bob Mecoy, found that lots of editors were intrigued but thought the book was a bit too esoteric. But if Matt could write a “how to write a graphic novel” book, well, that would be another story. When I heard this, I jumped right in. We didn’t want to write the book they were asking for, but we’d already thought of trying to write a real textbook on comics—someday—and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.