Ande Parks, comic book author and artist, will give three presentations on campus next week.
The first presentation, entitled “Behind the Page,” will detail Parks’ work on the graphic novel Capote in Kansas. The event will take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Room 214 of the Dulaney-Brown Library.
During this discussion, Parks will detail the partnership between himself and the illustrator of his novel during pivotal scenes in the book.
Parks will also present a discussion titled “The Origin of Tonto.” Parks will talk about his work on the graphic novels in the Lone Ranger series. This presentation will be given twice, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, also in Room 214.
“The Origin of Tonto” discussion will be free-form, and allow attendees to discuss the crafting of character in comic book novels. Parks will also take questions about working in the comic book industry.
Parks has worked in the comic book industry for 20 years, and has done work for every major publisher. His best-known work was on the “Green Arrow” series, and was named one of 2003’s Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Service.
Though he began his career in illustrating, Parks has recently branched out into authorship. He has written many original graphic novels, and has also adapted two Johnathon Kellerman novels to graphic novel format for Random House Publishing.