Libraries & Schools


ORDERING BOOKS FOR YOUR LIBRARY/SCHOOL

If you are a teacher, librarian, or media specialist interested in ordering copies of PIX for your classes, library or library system, the PIX books should be available through your wholesaler or jobber. If it isn’t, please do contact me and I’ll personally work to sort out what’s going on there.

 


AUTHOR VISITS

I’m always ready to talk to teachers and librarians and love visiting schools and libraries to talk about my books and my work writing and drawing comics and graphic novels.

PIX is a middle grade graphic novel series. My presentation content and style works best with groups grade 4 and up.

Gate City Charter in Greensboro, NC

PRESENTATION

My presentation revolves around the creative process, from idea generation and brainstorming to execution of those ideas in the writing and illustration phases.

The four components of my talk:

1. Making Up Stories/Book Talk – I’ll talk about PIX through the lens of idea generation, from childhood play to brainstorming and asking questions in pursuit of stories to explore, using examples from the PIX books to support the overall premise and offer an overview of the series.

2. Process – Step-by-step, I’ll show the creation process, from initial notes to layouts to pencils, inks, coloring and lettering…as well as making changes and revisions (as nothing’s perfect the first time out, right?)

3. Evolution – By way of biography, I share artwork of mine going back as far as age 9 through my late teens, showing how practice and putting in the time and hours lead to improvement – a lesson useful to any endeavor even beyond making comics.

4. Demonstration – This can be as simple as my doing a live drawing demo, some drawing challenges based on audience suggestion, or a more involved workshop involving group participation. No matter what it is, this is surely the show-stopper, as it’s always the most impressive display and plays like a magic trick.

Question and Answer – I know kids have questions, and I’m happy to take questions throughout the talk, should questions arise. I’ve found the drawing demo a great time to open up the floor for general questions as well.

Presentation elements can be adjusted for length or not included at all, depending on time limits, age range, your interests, or what best might apply and/or appeal to your students or patrons.


Ethelbert B. Crawford Library in Monticello, NY

EQUIPMENT NEEDS

In terms of materials I’d need, the basic best bet would be:

  • a video/digital projector with HMDI connection (to connect my tablet computer – alternately, I can bring a  flash drive back-up and use an available laptop)
  • an easel with a large pad of paper and some markers with which to draw (especially if you want a physical souvenir of the visit)
  • a microphone (depending on the size of the group and the acoustics in the presentation space)
BOOKS

If you’d like to arrange for sales of books, before or after the presentation, a can assist with that. I’m happy to sign (and personalize) books, accordingly.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

By all means, contact me to discuss what you might have in mind and we can sort out what’s possible, discuss fees, etc.

TRAVEL

I am currently based in New York City, which puts me within commuting range of the general tri-state area, but limits me just the same, as I rely on the commuter systems in place. However, if you want to compensate for car services/rentals, or going further, flights or trains, I’m happy to talk about that, too.

VIRTUAL VISITS

I am working towards setting up for video conferencing visits (Skype, Google Hangouts, etc) with schools and libraries out of traveling range; more to come on that!

 


READING LEVEL INFORMATION

PIX, Vol. 1: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND has been assessed for Guided Reading Level

(Fountas & Pinnell) and Common Core.

GUIDED READING LEVEL

  • Grade: 6
  • Guided Reading Level: X
  • Grade Level Equivalent: 6
  • Reading Recovery Level: N/A
  • Interest Level By Grade: 5-up

COMMON CORE STRANDS

  • Writing – 6.3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 4, 6, 9a, 10
  • Speaking & Listening – 6.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Language – 6.3, 3a, 3b, 4, 4a, 5, 5a, 5c, 6
  • Reading: Literature – 6.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10

PIX, Vol. 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL has been assessed for Guided Reading Level (Fountas & Pinnell) and Common Core.

GUIDED READING LEVEL

  • Grade: 7
  • Guided Reading Level: Z
  • Grade Level Equivalent: 7-8+
  • Reading Recovery Level: N/A
  • Interest Level By Grade: 5-up

COMMON CORE STRANDS

  • Writing – 7.4, 6, 9, 10
  • Speaking & Listening – 7.1, 1a, 1c, 1d, 2, 3, 4, 6
  • Language – 7.3, 3a, 4, 4a, 4b, 5, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6
  • Reading: Literature – 7.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10