4-DAY CHILDREN’S GRAPHIC NOVEL CLASS AT SCBWI SUMMER CONFERENCE
From July 30th to August 2nd, 2010 Mac McCool will run a workshop to help writers and illustrators create great children’s graphic novels. This is your chance to learn all you need to avoid newbie pitfalls and master the artistic concepts and professional practices that will get your graphic novel on bookstore shelves. To sign up or find more info, visit the SCBWI Summer Conference 2010 program.
FLORIDA, INFITINTY, AND BEYOND!
On June 20th, 2009 agent Mark McVeigh, illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka, and Mac McCool will join forces and mind-meld their expertise to teach participants at the SCBWI Florida Mid-Year conference how to craft and sell graphic novels. On that same trip, Mac McCool plans to see the launch near the NASA Kennedy Center of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to the Moon. Blast off!
ILLUSTRATOR’S DAY 2008
Join a round table of fun artists types and get lots of great insight about illustrating children’s book in Pasadena, this November 8th. The round table will include Erin Eitter Kono, Wilson Swain, Mac McCool, and one extra guest. The hard-working volunteers from the Southern California chapter of the SCBWI are putting together this wonderful event.
OFF TO CHATTAHOOCHEE VALLEY
The kind folks of the Chattahoochee Valley Writers’ Conference have invited Mac McCool to run a workshop on graphic novels. Children’s book writer Jo S. Kittinger will also present. It’s from September 26 to 28 in Columbus, Georgia.
RETURNING TO THE SCBWI SUMMER CONFERENCE
This August, you can learn everything about Mac McCool’s survey of publishers of graphic novels at his session at the 37th SCBWI Summer Conference. In addition, he will present a session on writing graphic novels.
CHILDREN WRITERS’ AND ILLUSTRATORS’ MARKET 2009 INCLUDES ARTICLE ON SUBMITTING GRAPHIC NOVELS TO PUBLISHERS
After querying tens of publishers, editors, agents, writers, and illustrators of graphic novels, Mac McCool has brought all this information in an article laying out the best ways to format and submit graphic novel proposals. CWIM'09 comes out in August 2008.
MAC McCOOL AT THE 2007 SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON
For the 3rd year in a row, Mac McCool presents a session at the San Diego Comic-Con. This session is for the children’s track on Sunday July 27, 2008. It’s titled, “Making Flipbooks: The ABCs of Animation for Kids.”
IS CREATING A GRAPHIC NOVEL RIGHT FOR ME?
Find out in an article from Mac McCool in the Summer 2007 issue of Kite Tales, the wonderful newsletter of the Southern California SCBWI chapter.
TUTORIAL ON CREATING A MINICOMICS
Mac McCool released a free tutorial on making mini-comics. It’s a great class exercise for teachers who want to introduce children to telling stories in panels.
KAZU KIBUISHI AND DAN SANTAT ATTEND 1st CHILDREN’S GRAPHIC NOVEL DAY
The creator of Copper and Amulet, Kazu Kibuishi, his talented wife, Amy Ganter (Sorcerers and Secretaries), as well as illustrator Dan Santat, who is working on a graphic novel of his own, came to hear about the industry trends, creative process, library practices, and agents’ interests in graphic novels.
1st CHILDREN’S GRAPHIC NOVEL DAY
On Nov. 3, 2007, Mac McCool will join Marilyn Scott-Waters, Bob Singer, J. H. Everett, Tommy Kovac, Michael Payne, Andrew Mitchell, Kelly Sonnack, and Douglass Barre to introduce SCBWI writers and illustrators to the rise in graphic novels for children.
MAC McCOOL TO PRESENT AT 5th ANNUAL SO CAL WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
From reverse-writing a comics page to phonetic spelling to capture character’s speech patterns, Mac McCool provides an overview of the rigors of writing for graphic novels.
MAC McCOOL PRESENTS TWO SESSIONS AT 36th SCBWI SUMMER CONFERENCE
How do you write a graphic novel manuscript? How do you organize your panels on a comics page? In his session “Writing the Graphic Novel,” Mac McCool will share his insight on what editors are expecting from writers who want to submit graphic novel manuscripts, as well as a give tips on writing dialogues for comics. In “Illustrations in Panels,” Mac McCool explores the construction of a comics page, and how different page layouts can change the reader’s impressions and contribute to better storytelling.
MAC McCOOL DELIVERS OPENING SPEECH AT SCBWI ILLUSTRATOR'S INTENSIVE
At the 8th Annual Conference of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in New York City, Mac McCool presented to a roomfull of illustrators the principles of graphic novel page layouts. During two more workshops, McCool explained to an audience of artists, writers, editors, distributors, marketers, and teachers, the evolution and challenges of publishing children's graphic novels in the U.S. market. (Links to reports by Wendy Martin, and Taking Flight).