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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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February 2013

Mark McKenna

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   Mark McKenna


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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

This month’s BCCLS Invite an Author is someone a little out of the ordinary.

I think you’ll agree that there are some great possibilities for programming with our Mr. February and it is with great pleasure that I present Mark McKenna as BCCLS Invite an Author for February 2013.

Long time comic book illustrator Mark McKenna, who works for Marvel and DC Comics and whose credits include The Hulk, Spider Man and Justice League and most recently Star Wars: The Old Republic for Dark Horse Comics, is happy to visit BCCLS libraries for a fee of $300 (fee has been negotiated for BCCLS libraries and is reduced from his usual fee.)

Mr. McKenna has two programs for your libraries.

For an older audience, he demonstrates the process of creating comics in a 90 minute presentation. With a hands-on approach, Mark explains the jobs and atmosphere surrounding a freelance comic illustrator including what it takes to put a monthly comic book together via a 25 minute power point presentation.

For a younger crowd, he discusses his children's book series, Banana Tail and Friends, via a lively approximately 90 minute presentation that includes a 25 minute power point presentation that goes through the process of introducing Mark and his background as well as character and story designs along with a "hands-on" drawing session so participants can learn to draw Banana Tail, Tic Tac, the plaid zebra, and Reena, the mood-color changing girl rhino!

He’ll bring lots of bookmarks and temporary tattoos to distribute to the audience, too!

If you are interested in either or both of these programs, please contact Mark at

Some of Mark’s websites:

Here’s a comic book database list of all Mark’s comic book credits.  It is VERY long and VERY impressive, so if you’re nuts for graphic novels, comic book art, etc., take a look:

Comic Book DB - Mark McKenna

Huge programming opportunities here but act fast, troops, Mr. McKenna is moving out of the area and if you would like to book him, it must be before the end of summer 2013. 

Warmest regards,