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.
Come hear all about the new graphic novels, Kitty Sweet Tooth Makes a Movie by Abby Denson and Prunella and the Cursed Skull Ring by Matt Loux in this extra sweet Book Launch event.
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Kitty Sweet Tooth Makes a Movie
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A large panel of industry pros will judge submitted pitches, culminating in a half day event of presentations and panels. The pitches with the most votes will be featured in a live critique session by our guest judges.
Agented and unagented creators from around the …Read More
Do you ever struggle with...
getting motivated to do daily work on your creative projects?finding the time do your creative work in between all your other obligations?finishing your GN project when you have so many other "shiny new ideas" clamoring for your attention?
If any of …Read More
Meet comics creators Shauna Grant and Daniel McCloskey in this in-depth look at their debut graphic novels, MIMI AND THE CUTIE CATASTROPHE and CLOUD TOWN!! Shauna and Daniel will discuss their journey to publication, how they developed their signature styles, and what's on the …Read More
Sitting from left to right: Ryan Estrada, Gareth Hinds, Jarad Greene, Janet Lee. Ryan gets the award for most dedicated conference traveler – he came all the way from Busan, Korea, to attend the show!
Over the last weekend in June, I attended the American …Read More
On June 29th at 12:30-1:30pm EST join us for our June Book Launch! We welcome an amazing panel of graphic novel creators:
Louie Stowell, with Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Being GoodKat Fajardo, with Miss QuincesRosemary Mosco & Binglin Hu, with Expedition Backyard: Exploring Nature from …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
Announcing the KCU 2022 Masterclass
On Thursday, February 24th at 12:30 PM EST, we are offering a FREE online Masterclass hosted by agent & KCU founder Janna Morishima and author-illustrator Rivkah LaFille.
"Write! Draw! Publish! Sell! Your Kids Graphic Novel"
In the Masterclass, you'll learn how to:
Develop Your Work: Using …Read More
A little while ago, I read a new picture book, The Dreamer, by Korean artist Il Sung Na. It tells the story of a wistful, inventive pig who loves to watch birds soaring through the air.
“If only I could fly, too,” he thinks.
Before long, his dream turns into …Read More