Growing Up Graphic

Saturday, October 17th, 11:30 am

Comics have run the gauntlet from disposable entertainment for children to high art taught in college courses. Somewhere in the middle rest these three artists, creating award-winning literature for ages 8-80 and exploring the vitality of the medium in the process. Jerry Craft (Class Act), Hope Larson (All Together Now), and Ursula Murray Husted (A Cat Story).

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Jerry Craft is the winner of the Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Kirkus Prize for his middle grade graphic novel New Kid. He has worked on numerous picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade novels. Jerry is the creator of Mama’s Boyz, an award-winning syndicated comic strip. Additionally, he has won five African American Literary Awards, and he is a cofounder of the Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival. His new release coming out this October, Class Act (Quill Tree Books),is a companion to New Kid and has been hailed as “A well-crafted, visually rich, truth-telling tale for our troubled times that affirms the eternal importance of friends” by Kirkus Reviews. Craft received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and now lives in Connecticut. Visit him online at

Hope Larson is the bestselling author and illustrator of All Summer Long, which was a Kirkus Best Book of 2018 and an Eisner Award Nominee. She also adapted and illustratedA Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, which spent forty-four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and for which she earned an Eisner Award. Additionally, she is the author and illustrator of Salamander DreamGray HorsesChiggers, and Mercury, and the author of Compass South and Knife’s Edge, both illustrated by Rebecca Mock. Her newest release, All Together Now (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)is the much-anticipated sequel to All Summer Long. She lives in North Carolina. Find out more at

Ursula Murray Husted holds an MFA in comics from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. Her debut graphic novel, A Cat Story (Quill Tree Books), is launching this October, and though targeted to middle grade readers, it will no doubt be loved by young and old alike for its heartwarming story of feline friendship. Elizabeth Bird wrote that A Cat Story “feels like a labor of love that will snuggle itself deep into the hearts and minds of kids everywhere.” Husted lives in Minneapolis with her partner, their daughter, and two cats. Visit her online at