We have some incredible panels at the TTBF this year, including the graphic novel panel called Drawing Between the Lines! The talented authors speaking during this panel are Stephen Emond, Gareth Hinds, Andrew Smith, and Nicola Yoon & David Yoon. Their books range from Shakespeare to interracial relationships to boarding school drama to a girl who is allergic to practically everything. So lets take a look at these authors and their books.
Stephen Emond is a super talented storyteller. The book he is currently promoting is Bright Lights, Dark Nights — a moving tale about two teenagers from different racial backgrounds who fall in love and experience what racism is like today. This book is full of emotion — love, sadness, anger, and fear. Emond’s dark, charcoal-like drawings fit the setting of the story perfectly. Bright Lights, Dark Nights is a must-read, along with Emond’s other books, Happyface and Winter Town.
Interesting Things About Stephen Emond:
1. When he was a teenager, he drew a comic strip called Steverino and won a national cartoonist contest.
2. He wrote the popular comic book series Emo Boy, which was going to be made into a movie, but sadly, just never ended up happening.
3. He is the artist of Penumbear, a successful video game for iPhone/iPad.
5. If he could have a super power, it would be the ability to stop time. “I’d get more sleep and I’d be more productive. Any time I felt it slipping away I’d slow it down or stop it!” he says.
6. His hobbies are “anything inactive,” he says. “Writing, drawing, reading, watching TV, playing video games, napping. The less movement the happier I am.”
Gareth Hinds is “sequential art’s most faithful and powerful adapter of the classics,” according to Jesse Karp, author of Graphic Novels in Your School Library. He turns Shakespeare and epic poems into beautifully drawn stories, including Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, The Odyssey, and Beowulf. You might think, ewww, Shakespeare? But Gareth recreates these classics into stories that are vivid and captivating. His drawings are absolutely extraordinary. At the TTBF, he is promoting his new work, Shakespeare’s Macbeth. When searching for reviews of this book online, I found this from The New York Times: “The book feels like a remarkably faithful rendering of the world of the play. You can almost feel the damp chill of the Scottish Highlands in the silvery-green palette, and as the murdered corpses pile up, the warm oranges of the candlelit castle interiors inevitably tinge toward the blood-red at the center of the story.” Well if that doesn’t make you want to read it, you’re crazy! Come see Gareth Hinds in this panel and also the Star Wars Throwdown.
Interesting things about Gareth Hinds:
1. He grew up in a small town in Vermont. He now lives in Washington D.C.
2. He graduated from Parsons School of Design.
3. Before becoming an author and illustrator, Gareth was a very successful artist for video game companies.
4. In his spare time he does aikido, and he likes to draw, obviously.
We’re super excited to have the prodigious Andrew Smith, the mastermind behind Winger, Grasshopper Jungle, The Marbury Lens, Passenger, The Alex Crow, and 100 Sideways Miles. Smith is one of a kind — unique, original, and mind-blowing. He’ll be here to talk about Stand-Off, the sequel to Winger. Fans are delighted to hear more from character Ryan Dean West and be back with him at Pine Mountain Boarding School. “Stand-Off is filled with hand-drawn info-graphics and illustrations and delivers the same spot-on teen voice and relatable narrative that legions of readers connected with in Winger.”
Interesting Things About Andrew Smith:
1. He is married with two children and lives in Southern California.
2. He is a high school teacher.
3. He has won many awards — too many to list!
4. Grasshopper Jungle is being made into a movie. It almost wasn’t published! Thank goodness Smith’s son urged him to publish it.
Nicola Yoon & David Yoon
TTBF is proud to present the brilliant author and illustrator duo Nicola & David Yoon, who created the book, Everything, Everything! Nicola is a first time author with Everything, Everything, and it is already highly acclaimed. Great job, Nicola! Everything, Everything is a story about a girl named Madeline Whittier who hasn’t left her home in seventeen years. She has a disease where she is “allergic to the world.” The only people she sees are her mother and her nurse. But one day a family moves in next door, and she meets Olly. She knows she is “going to fall in love Olly,” and she knows it “almost certainly is going to be a disaster.” Nicola’s husband David Yoon drew the pictures for the book, and he owns a product design company called Yoonco. Everything, Everything will certainly be a favorite at the TTBF, and its got “everything” you would want in a book!
Interesting things about Nicola and David Yoon:
1. The rights to develop a film based off the book have already been bought to make a movie of Everything, Everything!!! Um . . .so cool!
2. Nicola hand writes her first drafts.
3. David makes custom notebooks called Sorta.
4. Previously, Nicola made jewelry.
5. Nicola can live entirely on French and Korean food.
Well, don’t these authors and their books sound awesome? We hope you can come and check them all out at the Texas Teen Book Festival!