This is an engaging volume for the format’s fans to learn more about the creators behind popular works and might serve as a good bridge from graphic novels into more prose-based selections. A solid choice to supplement a robust graphic novel collection. Hard-core fans will be pleased.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Most valuable for young readers may be the discussions of the cartoonists’ work routines, providing the indispensable insight that this is not just an art but a job and emphasizing the level of professional discipline it requires. In addition to the interviews, each cartoonist provides an original short comic, deepening the significance of their words and illustrating how comics occupy a seemingly impossible position, simultaneously intensely personal and resonantly universal.
Though this will likely be most valued by kid fans of the assorted artists, this could easily serve as a source for a variety of programming both in the classroom and the library.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Marcus’s chosen comics creators together represent a nice range of styles, topics, nationalities, backgrounds, and intended audiences…The profiles are concise and informative; taken together as a whole, the book represents a snapshot of the genre as it continues on its upward trajectory (what with Newbery Honors going to graphic novels in consecutive years).
Each substantial, in-depth artist’s interview is introduced by an insightful, expertly crafted biography, and accompanied by a short comic created by the artist just for this book…It’s hard to imagine anyone—especially an aspiring artist—who wouldn’t be fascinated and inspired by the creative paths of this talented group of graphic novelists and the thoughtful, clear-eyed context that Marcus gives their stories.
—Shelf Awareness for Readers
For comics fans who are a bit older , this collection has insights from some of the best, most thought-provoking graphic novelists for young people.