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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.

In its twelfth year, San José Public Library (SJPL)’s Graphic Novel Making Contest has become a summer tradition in the Bay Area that has grown to more than 200 annual submissions. Programs such as skill-building workshops, creator visits, and demonstrations are offered in conjunction with the contest. In this session, SJPL staff will discuss tips and tricks of program development, as well as how to leverage partnerships and community support to maximize impact while working with budget and staffing constraints. Presenters will also share their experience with all aspects of this program during COVID-19.