More than a dozen of DC’s middle grade and YA authors and artists came together to connect with readers during DC FanDome and DC Kids FanDome—a global, virtual, and free event that celebrated film, TV, comics, and games. The two-part event took place on August 22 and September 12, and each installment was filled with 24 hours of programming. Throughout the event, the creators revealed new details about their recent and forthcoming graphic novels; taught fans how to draw, write and make comics; and more. We’ve gathered highlights from the presentations.
(Top row, from l.): moderator Rosie Knight (Nerdist News reporter); Laurie Halse Anderson (Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed; Wonder Women of History); artist Victoria Ying (Diana: Princess of the Amazons); (bottom row, from l.) Marieke Nijkamp (Wonder Women of History); Vita Ayala (Wonder Women of History); and L.L. McKinney (Nubia: Real One) spoke about how they are moving the Wonder Woman mythos forward via their YA and middle grade graphic novels.
Shannon and Dean Hale (Diana: Princess of the Amazons) showed kids how comics are made at DC.
Diana: Princess of the Amazons artist Victoria Ying taught kids how to draw Wonder Woman.
Green Lantern: Legacy author Minh Le demonstrated how to make an origami Green Lantern ring and a Wonder Woman tiara.
Actor, activist, and artist Chella Man reading an excerpt from author Michael Northrop and artist Gustavo Duarte’s graphic novel Dear Justice League.
Superman of Smallville artist Franco Aureliani taught kids how to draw Superman.
The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid writer-illustrator Kirk Scroggs gave a comic book-making tutorial.
You Brought Me the Ocean author Alex Sanchez (l.) spoke with a student member from GLSEN (formerly the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) about his recent YA LGBTQ+ graphic novel starring Aqualad.
Creative team Robyn Smith (top l.) and L.L. McKinney (bottom row) discussed their #OwnVoices YA graphic novel Nubia: Real One with Karama Horne (top r.), a.k.a. the Blerd Gurl, during the “Reintroducing Nubia: The Black Amazonian Queen” panel.
Superman Smashes the Klan author Gene Luen Yang discussed the superhero’s enduring legacy.
Kami Garcia (bottom) and Gabriel Picolo (top r.) chatted with Michele Wells (top l.), v-p and executive editor of DC Books for Young Readers about Beast Boy, Raven, and their acclaimed YA graphic novel series.
(From l.): Amy Dallen (former DC Daily host) served as moderate for a masterclass on writing, led by authors Cecil Castelluci (Wonder Women of History) and Sarah Kuhn (Shadow of the Batgirl; Wonder Women of History).