San Diego Comic-Con: Graphix Party

Graphic novels and their creators were featured at this annual event.

Thursday night at the San Diego Comic-Con, Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, held their annual party at the convention. This is a meet and greet with some of the creators of this line of graphic novels, as well as previews of things to come.

Partygoers were given a tote bag containing several upcoming releases and teases, plus a folder containing prints of the works from the featured artists and writers. Introductions were made of the six showcased creators and then everyone was encouraged to go around and meet each person to learn about their work. Everyone got their prints signed and were lucky enough to get some of their books signed.

The spotlighted creators included Katy Farina of the Baby-Sitters Litter Sister: Karen’s Witch, illustrator Paulina Ganucheau of She-Ra and the Princess of Power: Legend of the Fire Princess, Andy Runton of Owly: The Way Home, Maria Scrivan of Nat Enough, illustrator Shannon Wright of Twins, and Jimmy Gownley of Seven Reasons Not To Grow Up.

The books in the tote were teases of She-Ra and the Princess of Power: Legend of the Fire Princess, Nat Enough, and I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912. Complete editions of Owly: The Way Home, Baby-Sitters Little Sister: Karen’s Witch, Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes, and The Seventh Voyage by Stanislaw Lem and Jon J. Muth were also given to attendees.

Also at the party was Arie Kaplan of the recently published Hungry Shark: The Fin-Tastic Guide, who shared with me his other idea he pitched for his Star Wars Adventures #23 story. I hope he gets to tell this story one day for IDW Publishing. Maggie Thompson, co-editor of the Comics Buyer’s Guide, is always a joy to speak with. Molly Ostertag, creator of The Witch Boy and The Hidden Witch, said that she was working on the third book in her series. Jon J. Muth was also in attendance to introduce Andy Runton to the crowd. Raina Telgemeier was present to introduce one of the spotlighted creators and she said she was also working on her next book.

Next year will be the Fifteenth Anniversary of Graphix Books and I’m sure Graphix will have another party in store at Comic-Con in 2020.

To see my pictures from this party, visit the SciFiPulse Facebook page or my Instagram account: patrickhayesscifipulse

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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