Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Graphic Novel Panel

Date(s) - 10/08/2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am



Join moderator Dolores Andral on Zoom Saturday, October 8th, 2022 at 10 am Pacific to welcome Lily LaMotte, Maggie Tokuda Hall, Sara Ryan, and Vikram Madan as special guests for the SCBWI WWA October Professional Series Meeting. You won’t want to miss this graphic novel panel with some of today’s most innovative authors.



Lily LaMotte is the author of Measuring Up, an ALA Top Ten Graphic Novel and Cybils Award winner. She graduated from Hamline’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. When she isn’t writing, she’s cooking up new recipes, exploring new crafts, and supporting her library system as a KCLS Foundation board member. Her debut picture book Chloe’s Lunar New Year is available January 2023 and her second graphic novel Unhappy Camper is forthcoming in 2023. Visit her at


Maggie Tokuda-Hall has an MFA in creative writing from USF, and a strong cake-decorating game. She is the author of the 2017 Parent’s Choice Gold Medal winning picture book, Also an Octopus, illustrated by Benji Davies. The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea is her debut young adult novel, which was an NPR, Kirkus, School Library Journal and Book Page Best Book of 2020. Her graphic novel, Squad, is an Ignyte and Locus Award nominated comic book, and her newest picture book, Love in the Library, has received starred reviews from Book Page, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, son, and objectively perfect dog.


Sara Ryan is the author of the graphic novel Bad Houses with art by Carla Speed McNeil, young adult novels The Rules for Hearts and Empress of the World, and various comics, short stories, and essays, most recently “Shift” with Val Wise and “Finger Puppet” in the anthology Lost Objects: 50 Stories About the Things We Miss And Why They Matter. She is a faculty member in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Vikram Madan grew up in India, became a techie, and eventually followed his heart into creating art and books. His self-illustrated, Kirkus-starred, poetry book A HATFUL OF DRAGONS was selected as a Best Book by Kirkus Reviews, New York Public Library, Bank Street College of Education, and others, and was a Texas Bluebonnet Award finalist. Vikram is the author of the early-reader series BOBO & PUP-PUP and author-illustrator of two early-reader graphic novels, OWL & PENGUIN (2021) and ADVENTURES OF ZOONI (2022). He is represented by Stimola Literary Studio.

Dolores Andral was born in Brooklyn, NY, to Haitian parents. She loves reading, writing, and creating. She has a book in every room, so she’s never without a story on hand. Her hobbies include making clay dolls, teaching herself animation, and writing screenplays (for her clay dolls and cartoon characters of course!). She earned an MFA from Queens University in Charlotte, NC. After working on three adult novels, she never thought she’d write for children until she realized the need for her children to see themselves represented in books. The countless books she read during her 10 years as a preschool teacher contributed as well. Dolores is repped by Kelly Dyksterhouse at Raven Quill.

Suma Subramaniam will be working behind the scenes for this panel. Her interests and passions in writing for children are mostly centered around STEM/STEAM related topics as well as India and Indian heritage. When she’s not recruiting or writing, she’s volunteering for We Need Diverse Books and SCBWI. Suma was the short story contest winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest. She is also the author of Namaste Is A Greeting, She Sang For India, and other books for children and young adults. 

Suma has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College Of Fine Arts. Learn more at