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Understanding Comics and Kazu Kibuishi – Throwback Thursday

With posting this morning about beginning the Astral Chronicles as a webcomic, I thought I would share the posts and experiences that helped get me here. So rather than this itself being an old post, this is a post leading you back to a few older post!

The most important was probably getting to hear Kazu Kibuishi, author of Amulet, talk about the process of being a graphic novel author. And while the easiest thing to say is probably that I’m not at the same point in my writing career that Kazu is… I can absolutely say that he inspired me. Here’s a link to my post, talking through his process and thinking:

One of the important things I got out of Kazu’s presentation was the importance of the book Understanding Comics, a non-fiction comic about comics by Scott McCloud. Really getting into the deep questions of what comics are as a medium – rather than as the sorts of genre that dominate our perception of comics – got me thinking about them as well.

It was in that post that I even fully committed to the idea that I was going to get a webcomic going, as a way to get and keep me writing/drawing, and as a way to serialize the work. Plus it lets me self-publish; if I really get going with this, I have other stories I could do as a graphic novel.

Amulet vol. 1 coverSince we’re talking about Kazu, I think I will also link to our two posts about Amulet. We started reading the series before Kazu came to town, so that we would know who he was and what he was up to – we got hooked and finished the series (up to where it is), and even finished up the most recent volume real recently. Fantastic series, and in the second post I actually talk more about Kazu’s presentation and how he does the work of producing Amulet.

If you’re looking for a great comic series to read, that’s great for all ages (once they can emotionally deal with the idea of death), then absolutely check out Amulet. And if you like comics or want to know what the big deal is, and you haven’t read Understanding Comics, definitely check that out! Also, you can find Kazu on his website boltcity.com, or on Twitter as @boltcity.

Amulet – All Caught Up

So after Holly and I started reading Amulet, Holly wrote an initial review. When we were about halfway through reading, I got to chance to see the author, Kazu Kibuishi, presenting live about his process. Now that I have read through Volume 6, and am now officially all caught up with all there is thus far, I thought I would add a bit to the discussion.

I don’t want to add too many details because, like Holly, I don’t want to spoil you – I want you to read these. They’re great. And knowing more now as I do, I think they’re even better – as they were developed entirely as Graphic Novels, as a form – not printed as comics and then bound together. I had mentioned in my previous post that I had more I could write about that, and about Kazu’s process – so I’ll talk about that!

Then I’ll just talk about a few of my favorite aspects, and things that I think might interest you more in the story, to get you reading too! I have found Amulet on ComiXology, so I know that is a reading option. It’s also wildly popular with younger readers right now, and published by Scholastic who know how to get kids and adults reading the same thing! As such, you should definitely be able to find this at the library, at least in the US! (Sorry Japan, you might not have this one.) Alright, let’s take a look at Amulet!

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Making Comics and Graphic Novels with Kazu Kibuishi

Last week I wrote quite a rant about comics, and about how I don’t find them to be a bad thing. I tried to also stress the point that this hasn’t made me blind to the state of the world, doesn’t make me a child. Well, somewhere in the process of writing the rant, I got it all pretty much out of my system.

Kazu Kibuishi Presentation - Amulet Covers

Which was a good thing, because the next day, I had the opportunity to see graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi presenting on “Making Comics and Graphic Novels.” And I pretty much came at this with my mind clear, which led to five and a half pages of notes (taken on my iPhone no less). There’s no way I can include all of the insights from Kazu, so at the very least, I need to pretty much leave myself out from here.

Kazu is known for a number of his different works, including as the editor on Explorer and Flight, the cover artist on the 15th-anniversary covers to Harry Potter, as the author of the webcomic Copper and the author of Amulet. His work is exploding in schools right now, but I have been far enough removed from those that I had not heard of his work until I knew he was coming. So Holly and I have been reading Amulet, as Holly mentioned, and it’s pretty amazing. It’s sad to think that it’s not done yet (volume 6 came out recently, out of a total of 9), and we’ll have to join all the other fans now in waiting for new issues! But it will be worth it. So allow me to explore the world of comics and graphic novels from the perspective of Kazu Kibuishi!

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Amulet, First Impressions

Cover to Amulet Book One

David and I have discovered a new graphic novel called Amulet. We actually heard about it because the author / artist Kazu Kibuishi is actually coming to town for a state library conference. Hearing about this we decided to check out the graphic novel that he wrote and discovered Amulet.

I have only read book one of the series, but am very interested with where the story is going. The beginning of the story starts out innocuous enough – just a family dealing with a family tragedy and a move to an old family mansion. When they move into the mansion though things are set into motion that unlock a whole new world of horrors and possibilities. One of the comparisons that we have made is that it is kind of Locke and Key, but for a younger audience. Unlike Locke and Key, Amulet definitely has a lighter side to it that makes it a bit friendlier. Continue reading