EventsGraphic Novel Making Contest Awards Ceremony and Guest Speaker Q&A (Virtual)

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Graphic Novel Making Contest Awards Ceremony and Guest Speaker Q&A (Virtual)

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Come celebrate the creative efforts of everyone who has participated in the 2021 Graphic Novel Making Contest! At this virtual awards ceremony, contest winners will be announced by City Librarian, Jill Bourne. 

Guest speakers from the comics industry will provide inspirational and insightful speeches for all participants and viewers! After the ceremony, there will be a live Q&A to provide viewers the opportunity to ask guest speakers questions. 

How to Attend 

This event is open to Graphic Novel Making Contest participants, their friends and family, and the public! 

Please register for this event to have the Zoom webinar link emailed to you 24 hours before the event. Registration will "close" 24 hours before the event. 

Additionally, you may join this event on the day of by clicking either of the links below:

Zoom Webinar Link

Use if interested in participating in the Q&A.

Webinar ID: 865 9181 6595

Passcode: 202024

YouTube Link

Guest Speakers

An illustration of a woman sitting on a green couch, resting her head in her hand. She has curly brown hair, tattoos and is wearing a black t shirt.

Lissa Treiman

Lissa Treiman is a story artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation where she has contributed to films including Zootopia, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Frozen 2, and Raya and The Last Dragon. Her work on the series Giant Days was her first foray into published comics, which received several Eisner and Harvey Award nominations. 

Photo of a L.L. McKinney, she is sitting backwards on a chair, arms crossed over the top and resting her head on her hand. She is smiling at the camera, wearing a purple flannel shirt, and has shoulder length auburn hair.

L.L. McKinney

L.L. McKinney is an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing. She has written for DC comics, including Nubia: Real One, and Future State Wonder Woman. Her other written works include the Nightmare-Verse books starting with the A Blade So Black trilogy, and contributing to Color Outside the Lines: Stories About Love.

Photograph of Robyn Smith, she is standing in front of a large photo. She is looking up and off to the side while smiling. Her hair is two tone, with black dreads on the left side of her face, and lightened dreads on the right. She is wearing a black jacket.

Robyn Smith

Robyn Smith is a Jamaican cartoonist known for her mini-comics and illustrating DC Comics' Nubia: Real One. She has an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies and has also worked on comics for College Humor, Nike, and The Nib. 

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E. Lockhart

Emily Jenkins, pen name E. Lockhart, is a writer for children’s picture books and young adult fiction. She is best known for her New York Times bestsellers, We We Liars and Genuine Fraud. She also co-authors Upside-down Magic, a beloved children's series. Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero is her debut graphic novel.

Note: Gabby Rivera, originally scheduled, is unable to attend.

This program supports Summer Learning and the Graphic Novel Making Contest.

To request accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for library-sponsored events, please call 408-808-2000 or email at least three business days prior to the event.

Graphic Novel
Suitable for:
Adults, ages 18+
Teens, ages 12-18
Kids, ages 5-10
Pre-Teens, ages 10-12
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