Latest updates from National Book Award finalist Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Monday, November 01, 2021

✏️Online Comics Classes for winter 2022🖋 💬

My next round of online comics classes will begin on January 3rd. There are tracks for kids and teens! We will spend each course meeting with a lesson and then face-to-face video conferencing for discussion and to review work.

I hope to offer these classes again in winter 2022, but these small, private online comics classes will switch to be seasonal only after this round.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

TED 2021


I’m trying to process what I just experienced at #TEDMonterey. Some of the most brilliant minds from an array of disciplines conveyed in a beautiful seaside town to deliver TED Talks. And while you arrive thinking you’re the only one feeling utterly unprepared, you quickly realize that everyone is having that same human experience of anxiety. Suddenly, I found myself attending talks not to simply learn but to cheer on my fellow speakers. How quickly you go from strangers to having a vested interest in one another’s success on stage. Truly, the experience is like that I had working at summer camp—strangers thrust together into a bubble where time moves differently than it does in the outside world.

Now place on top of that the Covid of it all. Everybody was required to be vaccinated and there was constant on-site testing. That isn’t to say that I didn’t feel guarded, but it was a calculated risk I was willing to take. (Unlike the Green Day concert at Fenway I just forwent. My favorite band at my favorite venue…and I just didn’t feel it safe attending.) But with the world being what it has been—you have this small group of speakers connecting over how the pandemic affected them as professionals, as parents, as people… And while the attendee list is typically in the thousands, this event was significantly scaled back to be a more intimate affair. Attendees were there to support this organization that curates and then records presentations that are then shared freely with the world.

I have many stories to share and new friends to celebrate. I was going to do one big photo dump but instead will let these stories slowly roll out over the following weeks. One could develop a TED Talk just about giving a TED Talk…

(And while I have had two previous talks curated to, the TED Main Stage event just hits differently. It’ll be some time before this latest talk of mine publishes, but get ready for me to be pushing out the talks from my new friends as they are posted.)

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Book a Personalized Video on Cameo!


I am having a blast on Cameo! I have been making personalized videos for librarians, classroom teachers, young artists, and of course—lunch ladies! I would be honored to help surprise a special somebody in your life with a Cameo! Click here to make a booking!

And if you aren't familiar with Cameo, check out this piece from CBS Sunday morning.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

For Summer: Online Comics Classes with JJK!

Whether you are new to JJK's classes or a seasoned returnee—this program is for everyone! A group of young cartoonists will meet with New York Times-bestselling graphic novelist Jarrett J. Krosoczka for an hour every day for a week to collaborate on a comic! Along the way, Jarrett will be offering off-hand advice to guide students on growing their cartooning skills!

Jarrett will instill the importance of give-and-take when it comes to making creative decisions. Students will have the chance to vote on story direction using Zoom Webinar's polling feature, Zoom chat, and on-camera conversations!

This camp is limited to 20 students with a required minimum of 10 students to run.

We are trying these at different times throughout the summer. While it is a bit of an experiment, timing-wise, we are using what we have learned over the past year in running these Zoom classes. We are hoping this gives kids the flexibility to be both engaged and with enough open time in the day to be outdoors. 

Artists aged 7-11ish

Click on the dates to register:

Superhero Week


Space Wars Week


Fantasy Week

July 5-July 9


Space Wars Week

While we chose themes for the younger artists to avoid
conflict, we are keeping the themes open for the older artists.

Artists aged 12-15ish

Click on the dates to register:

11:30 AM -12:30 PM ET


I have been having an absolute blast teaching my online comics class to adults. There have been so many people asking for a summer section, so I added one that will meet Monday and Tuesday evenings at 8pm in July. This class is open to learners 16 and up.

Register here:

Sunday, March 14, 2021

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    Thursday, March 11, 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

    Monday, March 08, 2021

    The Return of Lunch Lady!

    Lunch Lady in full color! Plus, larger trim size and higher page count for bigger adventures! Before LL #11 hits bookshelves, get caught up with the 2-for-1 Special editions coming from
    Random House Children's Books
    in February!

    Not only are the Lunch Lady graphic novels getting reissued in full color, but they are also getting adapted as audiobooks! I’ll be co-producing, and I am so excited for the creative potential we are about to unlock!


    Lunch Lady in color!

    November 2, 2021
    Middle Grade Graphic Novel
    Random House Graphic


    Lunch Lady in color!


    November 2, 2021
    Middle Grade Graphic Novel
    Random House Graphic

    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.