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Author Hour: Creating Graphic Novels with Alexis Castellanos & Laura Gao

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Teens , Adults

Program Description

Event Description

Join us the 3rd Saturday every month for Author Hour: where we talk writing, publishing and everything in between. Questions are always welcome. This month, we'll be joined by two graphic novelists: Alexis Castellanos , author of ISLA TO ISLAND, and Laura Gao, author of MESSY ROOTS. They will share how they develop a storyline, the artistic and publication process and more.


Alexis Castellanos

Alexis Castellanos was born and raised in Florida where she enjoyed sunny days, dramatic thunderstorms, and delicious Cuban food. After graduating from college, she moved to New York City and worked as a scenic artist, bringing theatrical sets to life with a little bit of paint and a whole lot of ingenuity. She currently works as a graphic designer by day and spends her nights dreaming up stories. She lives in Seattle with her partner and her extremely photogenic cat, Belle. Isla to Island is her first graphic novel.

View Alexis Castellanos Books in our Catalog



Laura Gao

Laura Gao is a comic artist and bread lover currently living in San Francisco. Laura’s art career began by doodling on Pokémon cards and has since blossomed to be featured on NPR, HuffPost, and, most notably, her parents’ fridge. She is a proud queer Asian American immigrant and strives to inspire others to live unapologetically loud. Laura’s pronouns are she/they. Say hello and send her bakery recommendations at

View Laura Gao Books in our Catalog



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By Attending, you consent:  To the use of your voice and likeness in future publicity uses that contain content from this event. If you do not wish to be on camera, please let us know.

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