Worth 1,000 Words: Visual Storytelling Through Comics & Graphic Novels
Consuming information and entertainment through images is becoming increasingly important and popular in a world of vast, free-flowing data. How do you make a visual story stand out? What makes a visual story more appealing than written ones? What challenges do artists and authors face when embarking on this graphic storytelling journey? Join graphic novelists J. N. Monk (Enough Space for Everyone Else) and Jason Walz (Last Pick) in a conversation about constructing strong stories through images rather than words.
Anna DoyleTeen Librarian
Anna (she/her/hers) is a Teen Librarian at Dakota County Library- Burnhaven and enjoys superheroes with a sense of humor, slice-of-life, fantasy, autobiographical, and LGBTQ+ comics. She is always happy to help someone find their next graphic novel adventure. Were there not a pandemic on, she would be working on cosplay for later this summer and planning some camping trips with historical reenactor friends. As it is, her free time involves boardgames with roommates, TV with her partner, and D&D via videochat.
J. N. Monk
J. N. Monk is a Midwesterner with a song in their heart. They’ve lived in a lighthouse, an active volcano, and Florida but always return to the heartland. They love travel, superheroes, food, and cats and wish that everyone knew the lyrics and steps to the musical number in their soul. They live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Jazon WalzCartoonist + Illustrator
Jason Walz is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the Eisner nominated creator of the Last Pick graphic novel trilogy, the graphic memoir Homesick, and several other comics. His many years teaching in special education continue to shape his life and the stories he wants to tell.