Interview: Dan Santat and John Rocco
On Sunday, June 26th, while attending the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans, 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, exhibit halls 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.
Sometimes I’m just lucky. Really, really lucky. There I was, looking around for someone to interview, when who should I spy but Dan Santat. But that’s not even the lucky part! He was talking to John Rocco! See? Two great author/illustrators in one interview. So lucky!
Dan has done what seems like eighty bazillion books, but the one we’re concerned with here at GC4K is Sidekicks, about a group of superheroes’ super pets, which came out about a month ago. John, on the other hand, hasn’t done quite as many books, but he’s done just about everything else. His book Blackout is both charming and a great picture book/graphic novel bridge. Their interview is hilarious. Take a look.
Books mentioned in this video:
- Smile, by Raina Telgemeier
- Astronaut Academy, by Dave Roman (watch Dave and Raina’s interview here)
- The Unsinkable Walker Bean, by Aaron Renier
- Level Up, by Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham (watch Gene and Thien’s interview here)
- Pinocchio, by Winshluss (really, it’s not for kids)
- I Want My Hat Back, by Jon Klassen
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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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