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We Made a Show: The Yarn

The Yarn

Colby Sharp and I are trying something new. We aren’t, as I hinted at online, opening a used car lot.

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We’re making a show you can listen to. It’s called The Yarn.

Part interviews, part documentary, our concept for Season 1 is to look at one book from all angles. You usually hear from the author of a story, but we wanted to also hear from the people behind the scenes – the editor, the cover designer, the colorist, and more.


The book we’re exploring is the graphic novel Sunny Side Up by Jennifer and Matthew Holm.

We’ll be running Season 1 over the next eight days – one new episode a day. Here’s the schedule:

Season 1: Sunny Side Up
Aug. 17: Episode 1: Introduction/”This Season on The Yarn”
Aug. 18: Episode 2: Raina Telgemeier (graphic novelist)
Aug. 19: Episode 3: David Levithan (editor/author)
Aug. 20: Episode 4: Phil Falco (cover designer/art director)
Aug. 21: Episode 5: David Saylor (founder/publisher of Graphix imprint)
Aug. 22: Episode 6: Lark Pien (cartoonist/colorist)
Aug. 23: Episode 7: Matthew Holm (illustrator)
Aug. 24: Episode 8: Jennifer Holm (author)

As the episodes go up, I’ll post them all on this page.

Subscribe to The Yarn here:

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S1 E1 – Travis and Colby

My Highlight

The opening recording of me picking up Colby at his house. It was 3:00 am and we talked about what we were getting ourselves into.

Share your thoughts about the show on Twitter using the hashtag #theyarn.

See you tomorrow for Episode 2.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Kiera Parrott says:

    Just finished the first episode–nice job, guys! I love the behind-the-scenes peek into the making of it, too. Very fun. Can’t wait for next week’s episode.

  2. Great job! Looking forward to hearing the next one.

  3. @JoReeding says:

    This idea of looking at the many behind-the -scenes views of creating the same book is genius, I tell ya!