GRAPHIC NOVEL CLUB: NO ONE RETURNS FROM THE ENCHANTED FOREST author Robin Robinson talks style and practice

“Don’t turn away from what’s working for you now.”


The Beat is a proud sponsor of Comix Experience’s Graphic Novel of the Month Clubs, which bring comics fans a curated mix of the best of new release graphic novels and conversations with the creators who make them.  Each month, the staff of Comix Experience votes on two sets of upcoming books they are most excited—one gets presented to adults and another to middle readers. Each club provides swag like original signed custom bookplates for adults or buttons and magnets for the kids (in this case, the latter, to support the featured book, No One Returns from the Enchanted Forest).

no one returns from the enchanted forest

Most excitingly, the Graphic Novel Clubs bring in the creators of selected books to talk exclusively to GNC members in interviews conducted by Comix Experience owner Brian Hibbs, who brings 30 years of experience in comics to the table. These talks are livestreamed to members all over the country and are a fun and informative mix of conversation on craft and form, as well as on the business of making comics. The Graphic Novel Clubs make a point of being inclusive, inviting creators from a wide variety of age, race, sex, and cultural perspectives to speak to members.

Membership is what propels these conversations, so if you like what you see, please support these discussions of comics, and the creators who make them, by joining the club.

Today: Brian Hibbs talks to author Robin Robinson about No One Returns from the Enchanted Forest, Robinson’s recently released YA graphic novel about a shy goblin who finds the hero within herself. In this clip, Robinson dives into some of the challenges of drawing in specific styles, how some strokes are more strenuous than others for instance, and how that shaped the art moving forward. Then, the pair chats about what it means to be cartoony, and the illustrator provides a bit of advice for aspiring creators.

For more, check out the full interview here.