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The Yarn: Episode 5 – David Saylor (Plus Behind-the-Scenes Sketches of Sunny Side Up)

The Yarn

What is The Yarn?

S1 E5 – David Saylor

David Saylor

Over a decade ago art director David Saylor had a good idea  – to create a comics-focused imprint called Graphix. The first Graphix book was Bone #1: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith. A pretty good start. We talked to David about how he got into comics, the decision to start Graphix, and his role in publishing Sunny Side Up.

Behind the Scenes

Take an exclusive peek at Sunny Side Up illustrator Matthew Holm’s sketchbook, with thumbnails of the first eight pages of Sunny Side Up:

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My Highlight

Through the Graphix imprint, David Saylor has altered the landscape of comics for kids. But he didn’t fall in love with them in the United States. At the 5:20 mark, Saylor talks about discovering comics while living in India.

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See you tomorrow for Episode 6 with cartoonist and Sunny Side Up colorist Lark Pien

Here’s the full 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.

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.