Instructor Stories: Ken Lamug
I'm excited to announce that Ken Lamug will be teaching a full-length course on graphic novels for Storyteller Academy starting in August. This course will cover both writing and illustrating a graphic novel from beginning to end.
This won't be Ken's first time teaching for us. Ken taught a Making Comics mini-class last year that has already pointed many of our students in the right direction. He also taught a Building an Author Website mini-class in 2019 that has been one of our most popular mini-classes ever. (Holler in the comments for an extra book giveaway entry if Ken helped you build your website.)
I just hosted an online book launch for the first graphic novel in Ken's new Mischief and Mayhem series: Born to Be Bad! If you'd like to hear Ken's story about how he turned a picture book dummy into a graphic novel, you can watch his book launch here.
Ken's Recent Books
If you watched the book launch video, then you heard Ken talk his books. You can also read his Student Success Story, which is packed with great information on things like book cover design. He has self-published and traditionally published books. In addition to graphic novels, he's illustrated adult novelty picture books and children's picture books. Some of his books have won awards. Nevada’s Featured Title at the National Book Festival for 2020 was Ken's wordless graphic novel, Petro and the Flea King. I'm just going to highlight some of his more recent children's books in this post.
You can read a lot about Born to Be Bad in this cover reveal post. Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, just published it last week. My copy just came in the mail yesterday, and it is everything I'd hoped it would be.
Versify published The Whole Hole Story, written by Vivian McIerny, in January, and here's what trade reviewers have said about it.
“Lamug’s innovative and zany colorful illustrations, created with ‘pencil, paper and some computer magic,' exude joy and endless possibilities, portraying Zia in perpetual motion . . . A trip you won’t want to miss with a kid who can take you anywhere.” ~Horn Book
“Engaging illustrations set bright, cartoon characters against largely pastel backgrounds. The self-made adventure is reminiscent of Harold and the Purple Crayon with its unpredictable, child-controlled narrative in which imagination takes one around the world and back home again . . . An adventure worth sharing.” ~Kirkus
Albert Whitman published Ghastly Ghosts, written by Teresa Bateman, in 2019, which also got excellent trade reviews for the illustrations and rhyming story.
Another one of my favorites is Ken's wordless Petro and the Flea King graphic novel. This is an example of self-publishing done well.
I'm giving away a copy of one of the four books featured above. The winner can choose. Just comment on this blog post to enter.
For additional entries, you can share the post on social media and post a link to where you’ve shared in the comments (preferably as a comment to your original comment so that all of your entries are grouped together). If you've taken one of Ken's classes with us, let me know in the comments, and I will add another entry. You can also have an entry for attending or watching Ken's book launch.
I’ll close the contest at midnight, Pacific Time, on July 2. Thanks for reading and sharing!