Interview: Kean Soo
On Sunday, May 8th, while attending the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, I ran around to as many of my favorite kids comics creators as I could and asked them all the exact same questions. Keep in mind, conventions are crazy loud and crazy busy, so there is a lot of background noise. Let me know in the comments if you have trouble hearing anything and I’ll translate for you.
Jellaby! Jellaby is awesome! We early adopters got our first look at Kean Soo‘s work in the Flight anthologies and we quickly fell for his stories. Jellaby is a true all-ages book, with enough adventure to satisfy kids, enough charm to satisfy adults, and a bit of an edge to the story to keep both reading to the end. In this interview Kean hints at an upcoming book that I’m anxious to get my hands on. Take a look.
Books mentioned in this video:
- Asterix series, by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
- Dragon Ball, by Akira Toriyama
- Slam Dunk, by Takehiko Inoue
- Zita the Spacegirl, by Ben Hatke
- Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol
- The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
About Eva Volin
Eva Volin is the Supervising Children's Librarian for the Alameda Free Library in California. She has written about graphic novels for such publications as Booklist, Library Journal, ICv2, Graphic Novel Reporter, and Children & Libraries. She has served on several awards committees including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics. She served on YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens committee for three years and is currently serving on ALSC's Notable Books for Children committee.
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