GRAPHIC NOVEL CLUB: Kiku Hughes on the role of narration in DISPLACEMENT

And the affects of camp on its survivors.


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 former, to support the featured book, Displacement).


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 Kiku Hughes about her graphic novel, Displacement. In this clip, she addresses the technical and personal aspects between the pages. First, Hughes talks about the transition from writing prose to graphic novels, and the differences there between showing and telling. From there, she jumps into the historical and personal impact that Japanese internment camps have had, and the intergenerational issues they’ve left behind.

Make sure to check out the full interview on Comix Experience’s official YouTube page.