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Will Eisner Celebration: Chris Grine

Lauren Kratz, Children's Librarian, Studio City Branch Library,
Chris Grine

Chris Grine is a Will-Eisner nominated comic book author and illustrator. He is the creator of the Eisner-nominated series Chickenhare, Time Shifters, and the Secrets of Camp Whatever. Chris is also busy adapting the first three books in the classic Animorphs book series into graphic novel form. The first book The Invasion was published in 2020. Chris is known for his distinctive characters that only he can create. Who else would have a robot Abraham Lincoln riding a friendly dinosaur? Chris loves coffee and collecting action figures (but only the bad guys).


How did you get into comics?

As far back as I can remember I was creating my own characters and stories, but it wasn’t really until after college that I decided to create a comic for real and try to get it published. There were a LOT of obstacles and rejections along the way but eventually someone saw something they liked in my ideas and gave me my first opportunity.

Who encouraged you the most growing up?

My parents made sure I had all the art supplies I would ever need growing up, but it wasn’t until middle school that I really remember teachers whispering together about me and pushing me in a way only great teachers can.

"There were a LOT of obstacles and rejections along the way but eventually someone saw something they liked in my ideas and gave me my first opportunity."

What’s your favorite imaginary creature?

Gnomes! I actually love the idea of gnomes running around the forest just doing gnome business.


Books by Chris Grine


Secrets of Camp Whatever
Grine, Chris

Time Shifters
Grine, Chris

The Invasion
Applegate, Katherine

Chickenhare
Grine, Chris


 

 

 

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