YPG October BBL: The Art of a Good Book Comics and Graphic Novels in Publishing

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Graphic novels have proven that they’re more than just a trend—they are a thriving part of the book publishing industry that is here to stay.  While comics have been a huge part of pop culture for nearly a century, they’ve often been separate from the literary world. Now, graphic novels are celebrated by major book reviewers, teachers, librarians, awards committees, and readers of all ages.

With New York Comic-Con just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to look at how the graphic novel field has grown, and talk about what’s next for the industry. We’ll discuss the relative advantages of publishing with a comics-only press versus a mainstream house, how the editorial and design process works, and why graphic novels appeal so many people. Join us on Wednesday, October 5th from 12:30pm to 1:30pm in the Random House building at 1745 Broadway, Room 1001. RSVP here!
Panelists include:

Kat Salazar is the Director of PR & Marketing at Image Comics, and a board member of the Book Promotion Forum. She has worked to promote many of Image’s majorly successful series such as Saga, The Walking Dead, Spawn, and many more. Image Comics is the third-largest comics publisher in the country, and is known for its unique creator-owned business model.

Cassandra Pelham is a senior editor for the Graphix and Scholastic Press imprints at Scholastic, and has edited award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling, and USA Today bestselling graphic novels. Her list of cartoonists includes Raina Telgemeier, Kazu Kibuishi, Jeff Smith, and Mike Maihack, and she also edits the Ranger in Time series by Kate Messner.

Charles Kochman is the Editorial Director at Abrams ComicArts, and the editor of the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. He has edited collections of work by acclaimed cartoonists such as Art Spiegelman, Robert Crumb, William Steig, and many more, in addition to numerous original graphic novels.

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