Interview: Audra Furuichi & Scott Yoshinaga
On Wednesday, July 11 through Sunday, July 15, while attending the Comic-Con International 2012 in San Diego, 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, comic book 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.
I love when a webcomic becomes a thing. Nemu*nemu has a wonderfully loyal following and the audience includes everyone from tweens on up. The story is fun (and adorable), the art is clearly influenced by the manga Audra loves (and adorable), and the plushies of the two main characters are absolutely adorable! I had a great time talking with Audra and Scott, not just because they are lovely people, but because Audra’s love of manga is deep and her knowledge is much broader than mine, so she can always recommend something new for me to read.
Books mentioned in this video:
- Avatar, the Last Airbender: The Promise, part 1, by Gene Luen Yang and Michael Dante DiMartino
- Yotsuba&!, by Kiyohiko Azuma
- Azumanga Daioh, by Kiyohiko Azuma
- Twin Spica, by Kou Yaginuma
- Chi’s Sweet Home, by Kanata Konami
- Black Jack, by Osamu Tezuka
- Princess Knight, by Osamu Tezuka
- Unico, by Osamu Tezuka
- Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol
- The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander
- The High King, by Lloyd Alexander
- Cerebus: High Society, by Dave Sim
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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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