First Draft Episode #212: Jen Wang
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In high school Jen started a webcomic called Strings of Fate and took is super seriously!
Jen’s first publishing experience was contributing to Flight, an anthology put together by her webcomic peers and edited by Kazu Kibuishi, who has gone on to author and illustrate the Amulet series, Copper, and he illustrated the re-release of the Harry Potter series.
Jen’s agent is Judy Hansen of the Hansen Literary Agency, who represents many of the top graphic artists and illustrators out there today
She was also fortunate to work with book designer Colleen AF Venable (also the author of Kiss Number 8, which was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, and Mervin the Sloth is About to Do the Best Thing in the World while she was with First Second)
Veronica Roth’s new collection of short stories, The End and Other Beginnings: Stories From the Future, has one of the best titles ever, IMO (hear her First Draft interviews here and here)
In 2019, Jen was awarded multiple Eisner Awards, for best writer/artist, and for best publication for teens.
Jen enlisted the help of her friend, Lark Pien -- colorist for books like Printz-winning American Born Chinese and Boxers and Saints, written and illustrated by MacArthur Fellow Gene Luen Yang -- to work on Stargazing and help her get the book in on time.
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