Janna Morishima is the founder of Kids Comics Unite and a literary agent who specializes in graphic novels and visual storytelling. She started her publishing career at Scholastic, where she was one of the co-founders of the Graphix imprint. She then became director of the Kids Group for Diamond Book Distributors, where she worked with publishers such as Marvel, Dark Horse, and Oni Press, and helped launch Françoise Mouly’s Toon Books imprint.
In addition to her background in publishing, she has worked as an associate producer for documentary films, and as an assistant teacher in a kindergarten and a teacher in a high school for teens in the juvenile justice system. She later launched and ran the NYC Department of Education’s “NYC Reads 365” literacy initiative.
In one of our last KCU Team meetings of 2023, I was telling Jade and Lisa how much fun we had doing the “2023 Year in Review” exercise in Kids Comics Studio.
“Oh!” said Jade. “That makes me think of the vision boards I did …Read More
Every month in Kids Comics Unite this year, we're focusing on a specific theme. We will be posting a monthly challenge within our KCU Mighty Network community AND on our blog starting in February!
In Kids Comics Studio, we'll be going really in depth on …Read More
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR HONOREES!! Our judges reviewed 96 submissions this round. A total of seven placed, with a surprising triple tie in fourth place!
Without further ado, we are so excited to announce our honorees! Click on the title or image to view …Read More
Trygve Faste, Brigitta Blair, and Alondra Araujo are three KCU members who submitted their work to Pitchfest last year.
We asked them to tell us about their experience with Pitchfest 2022, how it impacted their careers, and their advice for other creators.
Please give us …Read More
Why Does KCU Charge for Some Activities?
Recently I got an email asking me, “Why do you charge a submission fee for KCU Pitchfest?”
That is an important question!
I realized it might be helpful for me to explain exactly why we charge money for some of …Read More
The idea of compiling a graphic novel “pitch” for agents and editors might feel overwhelming. You probably have plenty of questions, and you might be worried that you’ll run afoul of some little rule or requirement that automatically sends your pitch into the rejection …Read More
One of our major goals is to give creators the opportunity to get their work seen by editors and agents.
So we are very, very excited to announce 2023 Pitch-a-Palooza, a series of graphic novel pitch events starting in early September and culminating in …Read More
Why do you need a website in the first place?
I’m a literary agent, so a big part of my job involves looking at writers’ and artists’ work online and evaluating their potential.
I am surprised by how often I will google a creator’s name, and …Read More
Author visits and workshops are excellent ways to build connections with people. They're also great vehicles for communicating your enthusiasm for what you do -- and light that fire in others. They force you to clarify and articulate the principles and processes you follow …Read More
On March 11, 2022, Kids Comics Unite became a public benefit corporation!
Why did we decide to incorporate as a “PBC”? Three big reasons:
Being a public benefit corporation means that our organizational mission is baked into our articles of incorporation. This means that, as a …Read More