We were excited to host graphic novelist Scott Chantler at our school this past Tuesday. Divisions 4, 15, 16, and 17 were the lucky students who got to hear his presentation and learn more about the art of writing a graphic novel. Marissa, a big fan from Division 17, introduced Scott and then he began his presentation.
Next, he talked to us about the differences between a comic book (series of stories, shorter periodical) and a graphic novel (one story, longer, published as a book). But they both are considered part of the “Comics” genre.
He then read us a script from his new book, The Captive Prince, and showed us the panels at the same time. Some of his original ideas in the script stayed the same; some changed.
Some students had a copy of his book and read along.
Many students had prepared powerful questions for Scott. We learned that he announced to his mom at age 6 that he wanted to draw comics.
One of the highlights was when he drew the characters from his series: Dessa, Topper and Fisk. Shannon said, “He makes it look so easy!” And indeed he did.
Thank you to Scott and Ilona at the Vancouver Writer’s Festival for making this great event possible.
Were you at the presentation? What was your favourite part?