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Mike Maihack Author Visit Kit

Current home
Lutz, Florida, United States of America


3–5, 6–8

Mike Maihack is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design and is the creator of the Cleopatra in Space graphic novels published by Scholastic/Graphix. The series has earned him a Florida Book Award, a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selection, a starred review from School Library Journal, and a wealth of sharable knowledge about sequential storytelling. Mike lives in Lutz, Florida, and his work can be found online at


Description of the Author’s Presentation

Storytelling in Space

Grades 3 and up
45 minutes

An approximately 45-minute visual presentation focusing on the origin and creation of the Cleopatra in Space series, the advantages of using historical figures in fiction, and how to create your own strong characters whose traits can be used effectively (and humorously!) in a story. Mike will delve into the basic structure of graphic storytelling which includes a live drawing demonstration, background on the real Cleopatra, personal artistic influences, and possibly a sneak peek at his upcoming graphic novels. There will be time for Q&A afterward.

Most of the presentation will focus on the Cleopatra in Space series, so the more familiar kids are with the books in advance, the richer the overall experience will be. If your school or library has copies of his graphic novels, please display them before the author visit.

Mike will also happily sign and sketch in all copies of his books for the group.

Conference and Festival Appearances

Mike is also available to speak to adult groups about creativity, art, and storytelling at conferences and libraries. In addition to panels and Q&As, Mike offers a presentation similar to the one he does for classrooms, but with more emphasis placed on story and character development, and geared toward an older audience with an interest in learning more about creating or reaching out to kids with graphic novels.

Virtual Visits

Mike is happy to drop in for a 20- to 30-minute virtual visit (using Skype or iChat) with classrooms, book groups, and library groups that have read at least one of his books. The visit will include a short visual presentation on the origin and creation of Cleopatra in Space, a drawing demonstration, and Q&A. It is always helpful when kids prepare questions in advance!

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

  • Paper and easel
  • Television, screen, and/or projector for images (compatible with a tablet or flash drive)
    • A laptop/projection setup is all that’s necessary for the visual presentation
    • HDMI access is needed for a more advanced drawing demonstration (if available, no need for paper and easel)
  • A microphone for groups larger than 75 people
  • Wi-Fi access (if available, please provide login in advance)


For rates and fees, please fill out our Author Request form and the Author Visits Manager will respond shortly.

Ordering Books

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