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Editing Graphic Novels

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Novels tell stories with words. Illustrated books tell stories with words and static pictures. Graphic novels tell stories with words, artwork, lettering, sound effects, panelling, visual pacing, composition, and design. This workshop presents an overview of the unique storytelling conventions of this exciting medium and provides practical tools for addressing the challenges that can emerge at each stage of development..

We will review the process for working with original stories and adaptations, from acquisitions through concept, script, roughs, pencils, final artwork, and production. Exercises accompany the discussion of each stage. Other topics include defining roles and responsibilities within the editing process; the dynamics of collaboration among author, artist, editor, and designer; and a brief overview of the different types of graphica and graphica publishing in Canada.


lum Jennifer Lum is a senior designer at Penguin Random House Canada, where she has taken a lead role in developing a graphic publishing program. Her work on Scott Chantler’s Two Generals received multiple Eisner nominations and was recognized by the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. Her past freelance and current in-house graphic novel projects include canonized series for television, existing comics series, adaptations of literary classics, and original graphic novels. Creators that Jennifer has worked with include Ramon Perez, Ray Fawkes, J. Torres, Michael Cho, Steve Rolston, Seth, and Udon Entertainment. She is also the co-creator and artist of the children’s series Checkers and Dot.
kooistra Alison Kooistra is an independent consultant and editor. In addition to her own experience writing, editing, and adapting graphica, Alison has interviewed a range of Canadian graphica publishers, editors, and creators to gain insights into editorial best practices. Recent projects include adapting Drew Hayden Taylor’s The Night Wanderer into a graphic novel and editing Sharon McKay and Daniel Lafrance’s War Brothers for Annick Press.


Saturday, May 2                                               THIS SEMINAR HAS BEEN CANCELLED
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (lunch will be provided)
Registration - $210 members, $240 non-members (HST extra)
Early Registration (to April 25) - $175 members, $195 non-members (HST extra)
Victoria College Room 323, Victoria University, University of Toronto
91 Charles Street West 

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