Latest updates from National Book Award finalist Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Sunday, January 31, 2021

The advantages of virtual author visits

 While I long for the energy of students filling up auditoriums, there has been so much about virtual author visits that have proven advantageous to the experience. 

1) Because I use Zoom Webinar, students can ask questions anonymously without fear of speaking in front of their peers. I have been getting many profound queries this way from students who have walked a similar path with an addicted parent. 

2) Students are coming to my space, so I can show them things that I would never carry with me when I travel—original art, my childhood copy of The Mouse and the Motorcycle, a dog or two...

3) When I give drawing demonstrations, instead of seeing a pad of paper on an easel from across a crowded auditorium, each student is there standing over my shoulder watching me draw via the overhead shot. In fact, the view is even closer than that—their noses would be just inches from my pencil. 

4) These are super easy to schedule! I have been visiting every K-12 school in one district, and they have been spread out over a few weeks at times that are convenient to the schools. I’d never be able to travel back and forth like that!

Note that pencil case. It used to hold all of my chargers and dongles when I went into schools. Now I use it to organize all of the adapters that I need to power my virtual setup. 

“Today is going to be the best day ever” can still ring true. 

And just with my in-person visits, Authors Unbound Agency has been a saving grace and incredible partner in scheduling all of these events. We actually send the lectures out to schools ahead of time, so the entire Zoom session is filled with rapid-fire questions and connections with students. It has been remarkable. 


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Comics Classes for Spring 2021

I have been having an absolute blast with my weekly art courses. They are a highlight of my week! They very much remind me of the  classes that I took as a young artist—an opportunity to commune with like-minded peers, hone craft, and learn from one another!  I am releasing the schedule for my spring 2021 classes below. Hope you can join us!


Weekly one-hour meetings and tutorials from New York Times-bestselling author Jarrett J. Krosoczka! This program will run for eight sessions, PLUS students will upload their comics and work to a Google Classroom in-between meetings so that Jarrett and peers can offer encouragement!

In this course, Jarrett builds community amongst cartoonist peers, gives weekly lessons, and assigns work that builds on itself to lead students to understand the creative process of writing and illustrating their own graphic novels.

These classes happen over Zoom Webinar. Students may elect to participate in a number of ways including voice only, voice and camera, the chat function, the Q&A portal, polls, and uploading work via Google Classroom. It is 100% up to their comfort level. Each course is limited to twenty students.


For 7-12 year-olds who
are new to the class:



For 7-12 year-old cartoonists
who are returning:


For adults who want to make their 

own comics or understand the format better!

"My son created a portfolio of pages and pages of drawings that clearly demonstrated his progress and passion for art. He is now a budding cartoonist with a new interest to occupy his time at home." 
—Michelle, parent in Massachusetts 

"It was really nice to be able to get advice straight from someone who's been doing this for so long - there were a lot of small throw-outs that we got from this that wouldn't be in something like a book; they have to come from someone who's been doing this for years."

"Since the lockdown began, and my children’s world abruptly contracted, new role models emerged and filled the gaps. Jarrett Krosoczka is one of those creative heroes that we have relied on to get us through this time." 
— Chelsea, parent in Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Etsy Art Commissions

Ahead of the holiday season, I have replenished my Etsy Shop! Commissions of kids and pets...AND characters from my books.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Fall 2021
YA Graphic Memoir
Scholastic Graphix

Origin Stories w JJK: a new web show


The first episode of Origin Stories w JJK will premiere on Thursday evening.
Raina Telgemeier's Comics
will be my first guest!
From PW:
Krosoczka decided on a 10-episode series, featuring artists like Raina Telgemeier, Jerry Craft, Raúl the Third, Gene Luen Yang, Mike Curato, Lucy Knisley, Maia Kobabe, Ngozi Ukazu, and Robin Ha, with each episode including a roughly 20-minute interview, then a 10-minute readers’ theater featuring the guest’s work. “This is longform, somewhere between Jimmy Fallon and Terry Gross,” Krosoczka said.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

After-school Clubs

 We are excited to offer a weekly comics clubs for kids and young adults!

Weekly fifty-minute meetings and tutorials from New York Times-bestselling author Jarrett J. Krosoczka! This program will run for eight sessions PLUS students will upload their comics and work to a Google Classroom in-between meetings so that Jarrett and peers can offer encouragement!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

USA Today + No Kid Hungry

I am thrilled to be joining USA Today on September 17th for a LIVE storytelling event to benefit No Kid Hungry. Learn how you can be in the virtual audience for this special event by clicking here!

Krosoczka will share his personal story with a national audience at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Sept. 17 as part of the Storytellers Project’s virtual show, “School Stories,” a benefit for No Kid Hungry. The Storytellers Project, part of the USA TODAY Network, produces shows in 20 cities across the United States, but pivoted to virtual shows in April because of stay-at-home orders.

Because of the pandemic, this year, one in four students are expected to face food insecurity, up from one in seven last year, according to No Kid Hungry. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

JJK's Creative Camp -- more dates added!

We had so much fun at today's creative camp over Zoom, that I have added sessions through the end of July! These are week-long sessions, cap at 50 participants, and are best for kids 8-12. (But don't fret if you'd like to sign up a young artist that is slightly younger or slightly older!) We also designated the July 13th week to be for 13-16-year-old creatives.

July6 - July 10, 1 pm ET

July 13-17, 4 pm ET 


July 20-24, 4 pm ET
NEXT STEPS FOR 8-12 YEAR-OLDS (this is a continuation for campers)

July 27-31, 4 pm ET

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

JJK's Creative Camp and Zoom Visits

I am excited to announce my new digital initiatives via Zoom! If you are a library, book club, or group that would like to host, please contact If you would like to register your own kiddo or yourself into a pre-planned event that I am running, please see the info below!
JJK's Creative Camp for 8-12 YOs (smaller roster—50 attendees) June 22-26 at 1 PM ET

HEY, KIDDO Book Club (teens and adults) June 23rd at 7 PM ET

Picture Books for Grown-Ups with JJK June 30th at 7PM ET