Interview: Andy Runton
On July 22nd through 24th, while attending San Diego International Comic-Con, 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.
Owly! Who doesn’t love Owly? (If it’s you, keep it to yourself.) Andy Runton has been a favorite of ours for what seems like ages (heck, it seems like we’ve all interviewed him at one time or another), but it’s actually only been seven years since Owly: The Way Home was published. Although, I suppose seven years is ages in the modern comics-for-kids age.
Most recently, Andy has added a new branch to Owly’s tree (ugh, sorry about that) by adding a picture book to his graphic novel series. According to this 5-question interview, there are more on the way. Yay!
Books mentioned in this video:
- The Complete Peanuts1950-1952, by Charles Schulz
- The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson
- Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken: Troublems with Frenemies, by Ray Friesen
- Korgi: A Hollow Beginning, by Christian Slade
Want to see what Andy was drawing while we talked? Here you go:
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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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