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Beneski Earth Sciences Building, Paino Lecture Hall

Alumni in Residence Series with Tess Banta ’16

How do artists and writers work together with editors to create graphic novels and comics that tell original and compelling stories? Editor Tess Banta ’16 will delve into the intricacies of what it takes to create a graphic novel–including the stages of development, practical advice for creative collaborators, and insider tips for navigating the process of publication. Whether you're an artist, a writer, or interested in the editorial world of visual storytelling, this event will offer essential insights and inspiration.

Since 2021, Tess has been an integrated freelance editor at First Second, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, where she provides writers and artists with crucial editorial feedback and art direction in the creation of comic books for kids, teens, and adults. Prior to her role at First Second, Tess was a member of the Acquisitions & Development team at LAIKA, a renowned stop-motion animation studio (Coraline), where she helped to select and launch new projects.

At Amherst College, Tess pursued a diverse academic path, majoring in Art & the History of Art and Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought—a combination that enriched her understanding of storytelling and visual aesthetics. Her eclectic background, and passions for writing, drawing, and media analysis, have shaped her perspective as an editor and creative collaborator.

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