GRAPHIC NOVEL CLUB: Skottie Young on the importance of connecting his experience with his writing

Young says journaling is an invaluable tool for creators.


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, Strange Academy).

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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 Strange Academy writer Skottie Young and artist Humberto Ramos. The recent Marvel series follows a brand new generation of magicians going to school – and getting to the bottom of a universe-shattering mystery! In this clip, Hibbs and Young chat about the importance of journaling for writers and artists, and the creator’s biggest tip for improvement: practice, practice, practice.

Don’t forget to check out the full interview on the official Comix Experience YouTube channel.