Interview: Kazu Kibuishi
On May 4th through 6th, 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, exhibit halls are crazy loud and crazy busy (even when they’re held in a library), 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.
Jeez, what do I say to introduce Kazu Kibuishi? For kids, all I have to say is, “Amulet.” For adults it’s, “Flight.” When I say, “Daisy Kutter,” long-timers will nod sagely and possibly even reference this Horn Book article on how to read comics (pdf). (Good news for Daisy Kutter fans: a new edition will be coming soon after a very successful Kickstarter campaign.) Kazu’s work, both as a creator and as an editor, has been so good for so long that, really, no introduction is necessary. Instead, take a look at the video below. Kazu does a fine job of introducing himself.
Books mentioned in this video:
- Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol
- The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
- The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
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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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