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Gale Galligan Author Visit Kit

Grades

3–5, 6–8, 9–12

Gale Galligan is the illustrator of the fifth and sixth Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels, and she has degrees from New York University and the Savannah College of Art and Design. She absolutely loves talking about comics and everything that goes into making them!

Gale lives with her husband in Pleasantville, New York, along with their adorable rabbits and leopard gecko. You can find her online at galesaur.com.

Description of the Author’s Presentation

Comics Step by Step

Grades 4-12
45 minutes

Starting your own comic can feel intimidating — but it doesn’t have to. Gale talks about her life as a graphic novelist and walks students through her comics-making process from start to finish, with plenty of fun progress photos and behind-the-scenes talk along the way. Includes Q&A.

Let's Make a Minicomic

Grades 3-12
60 minutes

Minicomics are comics that you put together yourself. There are as many ways to make minicomics as there are people creating them — fancy, simple, short, or long, and always exciting to read. In this presentation/workshop, Gale talks about the fun of making and sharing minicomics, and then walks students through making a simple minicomic of their very own. Did you know that, with a single sheet of paper and a pencil, you can make your own small comic in just a few minutes?

Building a Stronger Comics Page

Grades 5-12
45 minutes

When you’re writing a story, you can use different words and paragraph lengths to help change the mood and show your reader what’s important. Comics can do that too — but they also have a toolbox all their own. Gale talks about some of the ways you can build a comic page to make your story even better and more fun to read. Includes Q&A.

Conference and Festival Appearances

Adapting Prose to Comics

45 minutes

Cartoonists wear many hats, and sometimes those hats involve creative interpretation of existing media. How do you stay true to the original written word while also capturing moments of visual interest? Gale discusses her experience working on the Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels and shares some tips and tricks she’s learned along the way. Includes Q&A.

Building a Stronger Comics Page

45 minutes

When you’re writing a story, you can use different words and paragraph lengths to help change the mood and show your reader what’s important. Comics can do that too — but they also have a toolbox all their own. Gale talks about some of the ways you can build a comic page to make your story even better and more fun to read. Includes Q&A.

Virtual Visits

Gale is happy to drop by for a 30-minute virtual visit and Q&A with book clubs, classes, and library groups who have read at least one of her books using Skype. The cost is $100.

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

Gale will bring her PowerPoint presentation on a flash drive. She’ll need a computer and projector to display it, and a microphone if the group is large.

Honorarium

$1,000 per day plus travel and lodging expenses if required.

Ordering Books

Schools and libraries may order books at a discounted rate by visiting The Scholastic Teacher Store or by calling 1-800-SCHOLASTIC.

Susan Cheyney

GRADES: 1-2
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