Kazu Kibuishi Talks Art, “Harry Potter” Covers, and “Amulet” Film Adaptation
Artwork expands the world that’s inside our imaginations. Using movement, lines, and dimension, illustrators like Kazu Kibuishi invite audiences into their stories.
MuggleNet had the chance to speak with Kibuishi at New York Comic Con, where the author and illustrator of Amulet and illustrator of the 15th-anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series sat on the Drawsome panel along with several other very talented illustrators. The artists introduced themselves while making a quick sketch of the main characters from their graphic novels. Kazu sketched Emily Hayes, his protagonist from Amulet, as well as her brother Navin in the background.
Since it was Kids Day at NYCC, there were many very excited and art-loving children in the audience. The panel took suggestions from the audience for a character, place, and object and then created unique stories using the children’s imaginations. The result was a couple of comic strips about a shrew in the desert scheduled to have a duel at a haunted castle with a shrimp! Kazu’s quick response to the prompt was incredibly impressive and his freehand drawing could have been the start of a new comic series.
The kids in the audience had the chance to ask questions of their favorite artists and get insight into their own projects. Every time someone asked a question, they were gifted by a drawing from an artist on the panel. At the end of the panel, the artists posed for pictures and signed their graphic novels. Watching Kazu interact with the kids showed us just how much he loves his work and his readers. After the panel, we got the chance to sit down with Kazu and have an interview, below. (We asked questions mainly about his Amulet series, but Kazu kept adding in Potter references!)