Whazamo! The TCAF Artist Series, with Cecil Castellucci

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Every May, Open Book celebrates the outstanding graphic novels and comics published here in Ontario and throughout the country with Whazamo! Check out Open Book's Whazamo! page all month long for interviews, news and original comics.

This spring, we teamed up with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) to ask Canadian comic creators about their work. The artists, who were at TCAF earlier this month, each submitted an image that answered one of our three questions: Why should everyone read comics? Who is your audience? What inspired you to start making comics?

Writer Cecil Castellucci put ink to paper and drew a vibrant, lovely and compelling response to the question, "Why should everyone read comics?"

Cecil is the Shuster nominated and award winning author of The Plain Janes and Janes in Love graphic novels, which launched the DC Comics Minx line in 2007. She has also written many books for young adults including Boy Proof (Candlewick), Beige (Candlewick), First Day on Earth (Scholastic 2011), The Year of the Beasts (Roaring Brook, 2012) and co-edited the anthology Geektastic (Little, Brown). She is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and a two time Macdowell Fellow.

She lives in Los Angeles where in addition writing books, she writes plays, opera librettos, does performance pieces and occasionally rocks out. For more information go to www.misscecil.com. You can follow her on Twitter @misscecil

Cecil's newest book is The Year of the Beasts which will be in stores on May 22. Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

Click on Cecil's comics to enlarge. The images can be further enlarged by clicking on the icon with four arrows in the right-hand corner.

Check back throughout May for new comics in the TCAF Artists Series.

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