Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Graphic Novel 101

Date(s) - 06/25/2022
9:00 am - 2:15 pm


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Welcome to our 2nd virtual graphic novel conference!

Original illustration created by Andy Jewett

Registration is open; ALL TIMES ARE EDT

Our previous graphic novel conference was such a roaring success that we wanted to do it again. Based on the feedback from attendees, we determined that there are many people who want a “start with the basics” conference where they are guided through the how of creating kid lit graphic novels.

We’re so pleased to find four amazing presenters for what will be a graphic novel masterclass: agent Janna Morishima, author-illustrator Rivkah LaFille, illustrator-designer Sylvia Bi, and editor Rachel Sonis! Plus, agent Alexandra Weiss will be critiques-only faculty! Complete faculty bios are found on this page.

If you want to understand the nitty-gritties of getting started with GNs, you won’t want to miss this event! Even if you think you might already know how to write GNs, this conference will be a good refresher, AND you could sign up for a written critique (or more than one) with Rivkah, Sylvia, or Alexandra.

And, yes! There will be door prizes!




Saturday, June 25, 2022; 9:00 a.m. EDT to 2:15 p.m. EDT
A recording of the event will be made available to participants for a 30-day period afterwards.

SCBWI Members: $45
SCBWI Student Members: $30

Non-Members: $80
Student Non-Members: $55




Zoom Info:

* Your link to join the live webinar will be sent by 6:00 p.m. EDT on June 24, 2022 (the day before the event).

* The recording will be sent to all registered participants a couple of days after the webinar and will be available for re-watching for 30 days.



Faculty bios: please see this page for full description



Schedule: order of talks subject to change; all times are EDT

9:00 – 9:15am      Welcome and brief introductions

9:15: – 10:15am    Janna Morishima : How to Turn Your Creative Mess Into Focused Work

10:20: – 11:20am Rivkah LaFille: Visual Writing in Graphic Novels

11:20 – 12:00pm  Lunch Break

12:00 – 1:00pm   Sylvia Bi: Preparation, Illustration, and Collaboration: Co-Creating A Graphic Novel

1:05 – 2:05pm     Rachel Sonis: How To Write A Graphic Novel Proposal

2:05 – 2:15pm     Wrap up + Door Prizes!


Click here for detailed description of talks.


EXTRA! Critiques available:

Please note that critiques will be collected and done after the conference so you can apply what you learned during the conference to edit your manuscripts before sending them.

The faculty are offering written critiques at $45 each. There are limited spots available for the faculty members offering them. If you would like to purchase a critique, you need to do so at the time of registration though you don’t have to send it until July 14, 2022 (see above paragraph in red about the due date being after the conference).

Please note the specific requests and requirements from each critiquer and email your materials as a Doc or PDF attachment or the link to your online portfolio to Diane Bradley-Kantor ( by July 14th. Label your attachment with Last Name and Manuscript or Portfolio title (e.g. “Robeson_Robeson Portfolio”). Be sure to put the name of your chosen critiquer in the subject line of the email (e.g. “Sylvia Bi critique“) so it’s clear to whom Diane should pass it along to.

Sylvia Bi: My critiques would primarily be for people looking to gear their portfolios towards illustrating GNs, picture books, and MG/YA covers. However, I’d be open to giving general critiques if there are beginning artists who just want feedback on how to improve their art or style.

Rivkah LaFille: 10 pages of text-only or up to 15 pages of text plus illustrations for a middle grade or young adult graphic novel. I accept rough comic pages as well as finished pages as a PDF (no tiffs, jpegs, or pngs). PDFs should be between 150-300 dpi, sRGB color space, and no larger than 25 mb

Alexandra Weiss: One whole picture book, up to 1000 words, or a one page synopsis plus 10 pages of text for middle grade, young adult, or graphic novel.



Submission opportunities:

All attendees will have an opportunity to submit to Janna, Rachel, and Alexandra. The
specific submission information will be emailed, along with the link to the replay,
to attendees post-conference.



Various Resources:

Kidlit411 GN page – a clearinghouse of free resources

Kids Comics Unite – a wonderful group started by Agent Janna Morishima for graphic novel creators to support each other

KidLitGN – a Facebook group for MG and younger graphic novel creators sharing resources to help each other grow in their knowledge of the industry. They hosted KidLit GN (@KidLitGN) Twitter pitch events that landed some of their creators agents and deals. They will host another one in May 2021. They also have a website dedicated to the pitch event.

The Word for World is Image – A comic artist and an illustrator draw out
discussions about comics, illustration, and power, by Charis Loke and Max Loh

Rivkah LaFille’s incredibly helpful blog


Cancellation Policy & Trouble-Shooting:

Since this is an online event with a recording available for one month afterwards to watch at your own pace, there will not be any refunds issued.

Please add to your email contact list. Webinar invites and recordings are sent through the SCBWI email system. Sometimes they are blocked by filters. Send us an email if you do not receive your links by the dates below.

* Your link to join the live webinar will be sent by 6:00 p.m. EDT before the conference (June 23, 2022).

* The recording will be sent to all registered participants a couple of days after the conference (June 27, 2022) and will be available for re-watching for 30 days.

If you encounter any problems during your registration process for this event or have any other questions, contact Diane Bradley-Kantor, or Teresa Robeson, and we will be happy to assist you.