The Eisner Award-winning, fan-favorite "Lumberjanes" is an all-ages series that follows a group of young girls at camp, as they encounter all manner of monsters and mysteries. Lauded as an inspiration to aspiring comics creators, the "Lumberjanes" creative team shared the comics and books that inspired them most in their formative years.
"This is the book that got me back into American comics in a big way. I loved the way that Chynna used language...it's been a huge influence on the way that I write dialogue."
"The BSC had you coming back again and again because of the affinity that readers felt with the characters. They were aspirational -- you wanted to be their friend, go on their adventures. It's been a huge influence on my life as an editor and writer."
"Unsurprisingly, I was deeply affected by this book, and not only because its subject matter hit close to home. Fun Home was instrumental in expanding my idea of what counts as a comic book and what stories can be told in a comic. Alison Bechdel is an actual genius."
"This was by far my favorite book in high school. As someone who had grown up on A Series of Unfortunate Events, I love and admire Fforde's world that seems close to our own while being distinctly fantastic."
"Not only is [Malinda] Lo a skillful storyteller, but her book Ash (as well as its prequel Huntress) is a master class in including LGBTQ characters without making their queerness the most important element of the plot. This would be a feat in any genre, but in a young adult fantasy book, it is particularly inspiring. I cannot recommend this book enough."
"Many plays are written to only be interesting on the stage and not on the page, but Sarah Ruhl's scripts are poetic and creative and, above all, fun to read. These are the plays that made script writing seem alluring to me because they make it undeniably clear that it is an art."
Creator: Noelle Stevenson
Monster Blood Tattoo
"This Australian fantasy series is super close to my heart. The setting and language of this book are unlike any other, and it features one of my favorite characters of all time, a monster-hunter named Europe. This was my personal Harry Potter, basically."
"This is the only comic on the list since I didn't actually read many comics growing up, and what I did read was mostly newspaper strips. This was the first comic I found, when I was still in college, that combined adventure, upbeat storytelling, heart, and badass female characters in a way that made me feel like I could do the same."
"I owe so much to this book series. It definitely shaped my sense of humor as a young kid, but it did cause me to go through a phase where I tried my hardest to write just like Douglas Adams, and that is not a good look on a 13-year-old."
"From the dark humor to the mysteries to the witticisms to the gorgeously evocative illustrations by Brett Helquist, there wasn't a part of these books that didn't capture my imagination. Like most other pre-teens my age, I imagine, it also instilled me with the meanings of words such as 'ersatz' and 'penultimate,' which I will remember forever."
"Chynna's art and story telling style was hugely influential in my own work and her little notes about meeting deadlines and glimpses of her process helped me view comics as a potential career."
The "Making of 'Space Jam'" art book
"Even before seeing Chynna's process work in the back of Blue Monday, the first time I got to peak behind the curtain at all of the work that goes into a project off-stage was eye opening. I treated that book like a text book before I had any comics."
"Jeff Smith's cartooning and story telling style balanced realism and cartoony as well as character driven narrative and a sprawling fantasy world building epic in a way I hadn't seen and blew my mind. Immediately I knew it was the caliber of comic I wanted to create."
"Not only does [Fannie] Flagg's story juggle a vast amount of characters effortlessly, it was the first book I read with a positive portrayal of a lesbian relationship. It was a non issue with their friends, family, and the whole town of Whistle Stop and it was a period piece."
"I was a huge fan of horror growing up (particularly anything showcasing beasts, cryptids, or the mysteries of a dark and unfamiliar wood) and Bernie's art was stunning. I loved the format of the book: using months as the chapters and telling the whole story within a year, it made me think about how format can play a big role in story. I also loved the protagonist was a kid (with a physical disability no less) up against a force of nature in an adult world."
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