Welcome to The Editor’s Roundtable
Before the graphic novel lands on a shelf in the store, library, or classroom there are a great deal of decisions that come into play: does the book belong with the themes that house represents? What events or holidays can the book leverage for promotion? What kind of work will be involved in shaping the stories? How is a book selected? What do editors look for in a story or the author? What kinds of surprises can an editor anticipate when working with a new or even established author? These veteran editors valuable perspectives will share insights on what makes a book come to life.
Chris HarboAcquisitions Editor
Chris Harbo is an Acquisitions Editor for Capstone Press, a children’s book publisher headquartered in North Mankato, Minnesota. During his 18-year publishing career, Chris has authored and edited a wide variety of books for children in grades K–6, including fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels. Most recently, he has served as the editor on the forthcoming full-length graphic novel Billy Johnson and His Duck Are Explorers by debut author Mathew New and has authored a four-book Tom and Jerry Wordless Graphic Novel series as part of Capstone’s licensing agreement with Warner Bros.
Greg HunterEditor, Lerner Publications
Greg Hunter is Editorial Director of Lerner Publishing Group’s Graphic Universe imprint. He has served as editor on graphic novels including Sincerely, Harriet by Sarah Winifred Searle (starred review, Kirkus), the North American edition of My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder by Nie Jun (starred review, Booklist), and Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman (starred reviews, School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly). He has also edited prose mystery novels such as Owl’s Outstanding Donuts by Robin Yardi and the Quinnie Boyd Mysteries series by C.M. Surrisi. He values storytelling that balances the irreverent, the surprising, and the sincere. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he is kind to animals and serious about breakfast.
John ShableskiChief Content Officer
John Shableski is Chief Content Officer for Library Pass, and a publishing industry veteran who has worked in library wholesale, book distribution and publishing. He created library grant programs, industry awards, comics conventions, as well as hundreds of hours of professional development programs for national and international trade shows, conferences and conventions. He has served as an advisor for Book Expo America and EveryLibrary.org. He is also a founding member of Reading With Pictures. He has been a jury member for the Eisner Awards and has been selected as a juror for the 2020 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize. His ultimate objective is to help struggling students discover their joy of reading.
Justin EisingerEditorial Director
Justin Eisinger is Editorial Director, Graphic Novels & Collections for IDW Publishing, where he has spent nearly fourteen years immersed in graphic storytelling. ” He is also co-author of They Called Us Enemy, George Takei’s New York Times bestselling graphic memoir, winner of the 2020 Award for Young Adult Literature from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, and distinguished with top honors on Publishers Weekly’s annual Graphic Novel Critics’ Poll.
Mandi HartAttorney + Filmmaker
Mandi Hart is an attorney and filmmaker with a passion for quality storytelling. She holds a JD from George Mason University’s Law School and an MFA in Film Production and Direction from UNC-Greensboro. After a few years producing documentary films for international development organizations, she earned her JD with a concentration in intellectual property. She is the President of Cave Pictures Publishing, an indie publisher of comics and graphic novels, and of MORE Productions, a creative content development and production firm. Mandi has been with Cave since its launch and is grateful for the faithful readers who support Cave’s work.
Shannon WattersSenior Editor, BOOM! Studios
Shannon Watters is a senior editor at BOOM! Studios and head of its critically-acclaimed YA imprint BOOM! Box. She is also the co-creator and co-writer of the award-winning comic book series LUMBERJANES. She lives in Los Angeles.