Mac McCool - Children's Book Illustrations and Graphic Novels

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Ledger-Enquirer Interview on Writing Graphic Novels

In advance of the Chattahoochee Writers' Conference this weekend, the Ledger-Enquirer from Columbus, GA, has interviewed me about writing graphic novels. The article, "Learn how to create graphic novels at writers' conference," now appears online. Journalist Sonya Sorich asked a thorough set of questions about the history of comics in the U.S.A. and about prospects in graphic novels for writers who come from a different background. A big thanks to Sorich and her newspaper for giving the art of graphic novels more visibility. And I'm particularly happy about the article's conclusion (it's such important advice for aspiring graphic novel writers):
McCool's advice for anyone considering that route?

"They need to read a lot of graphic novels to educate themselves," he said.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Workshopping at the Chattahoochee Valley Writers' Conference

I'm thrilled to fly out this morning to Georgia (my first time there -- yeah!) for the Chattahoochee Valley Writer's Conference. Folks in my workshop will get to learn how to adjust and grow their existing writing skills in order to compose solid graphic novel manuscripts. Many more great workshops will go on during the entire weekend, covering mystery writing, playwriting, children's book literature, industry marketing, and more!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Varian Fry: American Journalist, Frontline Hero

At the last two SCBWI summer conferences, my friend, writer Carla Killough McClafferty, has shared with me her passion for the subject of her latest manuscript: Varian Fry. Fry, an American journalist in France, answered the call of human nobility during World War II. He formed his own version of an Underground Railroad that helped thousands escape misery or death at Hitler's hands. In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry is now out, and I'll tell you more about this inspiring story of adventure and bravery when I finish my copy!