Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Graphic Novel 101

Date(s) - 06/30/2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A workshop for illustrators and authors interested in comics-based storytelling and graphic novels. Participants will learn the basics of cartooning—from the general rules and common beginners’ mistakes, to the unique story-telling possibilities of the medium. The class will cover the general history of graphic novels, scripting, adapting a script, thumbnails, penciling, inking, coloring, various ways to create lettering and balloons, and pitching to publishers.


Colleen Ann Felicity Venable is a comics writer and Creative Director at Macmillan Publishing and was recently named a Publisher’s Weekly StarWatch Top 5 Finalist. For years she was the sole designer for First Second Books where she designed more then 150 graphic novels. Her graphic novel series Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye (Graphic Universe)—illustrated by Stephanie Yue—was nominated for an Eisner for Best Publication for Kids and awarded “Best Book” recognition from Kirkus Reviews, NYPL, Bank Street, and the Junior Library Guild. Her other books include comic-based picture books Mervin the Sloth is About to Do the Best Thing in the World and Amy the Red Panda Writes the Best Story in the World (HarperCollins/Greenwillow), both illustrated by Ruth Chan, and the upcoming YA graphic novel Kiss Number 8 with Ellen Crenshaw (First Second Books). 

Saturday, June 30, 2018
5:00pm (Central European Time) / 11:00am (Eastern Standard Time)
chez vous! This webinar will use  ZOOM video conferencing.

35€ for SCBWI members
50€ for non-members

Payment must be in EUROS via PayPal.

PAID INDIVIDUAL FEEDBACK: video chat (not a written critique):   **The video chats are SOLD OUT.**
A 15-minute virtual face-to-face meeting with Colleen AF Venable on your first 5 pages (with synopsis) or a dummy (PDF 5MB max) or an outline/pitch. SCBWI France must receive your pages by June 15, 2018. The video chats will take place immediately after the webinar on June 30th.
COST: 30€  (Limited: 5 video chats.)

Questions? contact Dana Carey, ARA SCBWI France:

This webinar is limited to 25 participants.
**A computer, webcam and reliable internet connection are necessary. Program and speaker subject to change without notice.**

This webinar is not available as a recording. A recording will be available to participants only for 2 weeks after the webinar.