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Shari Becker

Shari Becker was born in Montreal, Quebec, and was raised speaking both English and French. As a child, she spent her summers in the Adirondack Mountains catching fireflies, minnows, and toads. She has an MA from New York University and has worked for Nickelodeon, for Disney-owned companies, and even for an Emmy Award-winning puppeteer. She is the author of two picture books, including MAXWELL’S MOUNTAIN, a Junior Library Guild Selection and Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book. She now lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with her husband, their two daughters, and their dog.

San Diego Comic Con is finally here. Excited? You should be. This is the big one, folks --- where comics disciples of all sorts come from far and wide to beautiful southern California to see the inside of the industry they love, gawk at their favorite writers and illustrators, and hobnob with the latest Doctor Who actor the CW hired to put on one of its seemingly countless DC-inspired teledramas. Conventions can be a bit daunting for first timers, especially for librarians and educators, but here at Graphic Novel Reporter, we believe in making things easy. To that end, we've included a list of all the librarian- and educator-oriented programming at this year's SDCC below. Have a look, and enjoy the show:

Catherine Linka

Catherine Linka isthe author of A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS, which was an ABA Indie Next Pick and won the Young Adult Novel Award 2014 from the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association. A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS and the sequel, A GIRL UNDONE (St. Martin’s Griffin; June 23, 2015), are currently in development for a television series with Universal Cable Productions. A frequent speaker at writing and teen conferences, Catherine received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and worked as a young adult book buyer for an independent bookstore for seven years. 

Jonathan Rotsztain

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Jonathan Rotsztain is Toronto, Ontario based writer, cartoonist and graphic designer with ALL CAPS Design. He completed his MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont in May, 2015. Since December 2013, Jonathan has produced a one page daily journal comic, which he posts online at www.drearydiary.com. Learn more at www.rotsztain.com.

Shirleyka H.

Shirleyka H. is a junior at the International High School at Lafayette in Brooklyn, New York. She is originally from Haiti, and writes mostly poetry and memoir. 

Suzanne van Rooyen

Suzanne is a tattooed storyteller from South Africa. She currently lives in Finland and finds the cold, dark forests nothing if not inspiring. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When not writing, she teaches dance and music to middle schoolers and entertains her shiba inu, Lego. Suzanne is represented by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Agency.

Graphic Novel Picks for Summer 2015

Cole Gibsen

Cole Gibsen first realized she different when, in high school, she was still reading comic books while the other girls were reading fashion magazines. It was her love of superheroes that first inspired her to pick up a pen. Her favorite things to write about are ordinary girls who find themselves in extraordinary situations. You can learn more about her at www.colegibsen.com.

Melissa E. Hurst

Melissa lives in the southern US with her husband and three kids. She writes YA science fiction and fantasy, which means she considers watching "Star Trek" and "Firefly" to be research. She dreams of traveling around the world and maybe finding Atlantis one day. You can usually find her with a book in one hand and a Dr. Pepper in the other. Or consuming lots of chocolate.