Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Webinar: “Comics: Pacing, Panels, and Pitches”

Date(s) - 06/06/2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Comics: Pacing, Panels, and Pitches

Plus Illustration Reviews by Drew Brockington (see below)


Online via Zoom (training available to make it easy–see below)
Saturday, June 6, 2020, 10 AM Alaska Time
$15 (Members) for the webinar; $35 for illustration reviews (SOLD OUT!!); recording available for one month afterward


This is the second part in a series about comics.  This webinar is perfect for illustrators or writers who want to learn more about the traditional kidlit comic market with Drew Brockington.

We all know Graphic Novels are a huge undertaking, but they don’t have to be. In this webinar, we will examine different styles of graphic novels and the mechanics of how a comic page works. Also, we will breakdown the process of creating a graphic novel in to manageable chunks of pitching, scripting, storyboarding, and illustrating. Whether you’re curious about comics or ready to start inking your own graphic novel, this session will offer a great introduction into the genre.


Our Presenter

About Drew Brockington

Drew Brockington is the author and illustrator of the Indiebound bestselling graphic novel series CatStronauts and the picture book Hangry. He works at his drawing table and loves to use pencils until they are only little nubs. He lives with his family in Minneapolis. You can find out more about CatStronautsHangry, or Drew’s other artwork at:


This event will be recorded. A replay will be available to all those who register by June 5th.

Registration closes ONE DAY before the webinar @ 11:30 pm Alaska Time or whenever the available spots (100) sell out. No additional registrations will be available after the event.



When you register, you will also have the option to sign up for a review of a 3-5 page illustrated story segment. Your art work will be due by June 27, and the review will be returned July 18, 2020.

Your illustrated story segment should be submitted in a single PDF. No late submissions accepted; it is your responsibility to get your work in on time.  Any questions about formatting your submission, please email Jena Lasley at




Register for the Webinar and Reviews

Scroll down to register.  If you are a member, login to see the member price.

Because there are a limited number of reviews available, members will be registered first. If you are a non-member, select the option to be put on the waitlist. You will be notified by June 6 if a review is available for you.



How Does a Webinar Work?

Read about how to use Zoom.

Do that soon after registering so you have time to get familiar with the format and troubleshoot any problems.

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an e-mail containing a link to join the meeting. At least 10 minutes before the webinar, click on the link to join the meeting live. Check your time zone!

On June 6, 10:00 AM Alaska Time is 1:00 PM CST.

If you miss the live webinar, no worries, you will receive a link to the video replay after the event. The replay will be available until July 5, 2020.

Please note that our webinar license allows up to 100 participants to attend the webinar live. Based on past attendance, there should be room for everyone that wants to attend live to do so. However, if a greater than anticipated number of participants join live, the event could reach capacity. If you feel strongly about attending the webinar live, please plan to log in early. You will be able to join up to 15 minutes before the webinar begins.



Diversity and Inclusivity Scholarships Available

Apply by June 1.

Two full scholarships to the webinar are available for a POC (person of color) and/or an Alaskan Native, or any person identifying with another under-represented or marginalized group.


1) Must be at least 18 years old and an Alaska resident.
2) Need not be a member of SCBWI, but MUST be (or aspire to be) an author or illustrator for children’s or teen literature.

How to Apply

Please email a writing sample or illustration to no later than 10 AM June 1, 2020.

Writers: A 250-word excerpt from the first page(s) of a work-in-progress for readers under 18 years old.
Illustrators: Any original illustration for viewers under 18 years old.

Please follow these instructions when you email:

Subject line of e-mail: June Comics Webinar Scholarship – [Your name]
Body of the e-mail: Name, E-mail address, Telephone number
Copy and paste your writing sample into the body of the email or attach your illustration as a .jpg or .pdf file.

Refund policy: please be advised, that once payment has been made, that there are no refunds. (At this price, we can’t afford it.) We also cannot credit the money for another event. Thank you for understanding.