About Gene Ha
NY Times bestselling comic book artist Gene Ha writes and draws Mae. It’s the story of Mae Fortell, a girl who follows her long-missing sister Abbie to a world of mad science and mystery. Gene Ha is best known for his work with writer Alan Moore, Top 10 and its prequel The Forty-Niners. He has won four Eisners, the highest award in American comics. Gene lives outside Chicago in Berwyn, IL with his lovely wife, Lisa. To learn more about Gene Ha explore the rest of this website at www.geneha.com.
Berwyn, IL. Outside Chicago, near O'Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) international airports.
© Gene Ha 2018 by Anette Nam Design
Author Visit Kit
Each presentation can be adapted to meet the teaching goals of your school. If your school or library has copies of his graphic novels, please display them before the author visit. Gene will happily sign and sketch in all copies of his books for the group.
Gene also speaks before adults about art, storytelling and comic books at conferences, libraries and comic cons. The presentations can be adapted for older audiences to provide more depth and technical detail. He is also a frequent guest on panels and Q&As.
If your classroom, book club or library group has been reading Mae, Gene would be happy to discuss his work via Skype or iChat. If you’d like a presentation on a specific subject or theme, let him know before the visit.
How To Draw Anything
Grades 6 and up • 45+ minutes
Gene Ha will answer all of your questions about how to draw ANYTHING! People, buildings, cars, animals: what would you like to draw better? Give a young artist a pencil, paper, and the camera on a phone, a few simple principles will let him or her to draw anything from their lives. Add a web browser and their imagination, and he or she can draw the faraway and the imaginary. Art is a process of observation, experiment and play.
The basic presentation is 45 minutes, during which Gene Ha will present his work, and then take questions from the audience on how to draw… anything! If more time is available, he can also lead a drawing activity.
Writing Lessons from Comic Strips
Grades 3 and up • 90+ minutes
Whether writing a 3 panel strip or an epic novel, the reader needs the same questions answered to understand and enjoy a story. Using examples from popular comic strips, Gene shows how to build a narrative. Set Up the Exposition, present a Dramatic Question, and keep the readers in suspense until the Payoff.
The point is to understand literature as a writer, not just as a reader. Finally, Gene will then help students to create their own comic strips.
by Gene Ha
(Writer and Artist)
Top 10 and
by Alan Moore (Writer),
Gene Ha and Zander Cannon (Artists)
AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits
Wi-Fi access (with password if necessary)
Easel and 25” x 30” pad (or larger)
Video screen or projector for images
A USB flash drive compatible laptop, connected to the screen or projector
Additional needs for groups larger than 60 people
Video camera to enlarge the easel drawings on the video system
Microphone and audio system
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Gene’s casual and approachable presentation style helped him really build a rapport with our middle school and high school students. He did a great job making sure they all had a chance to participate, and tying his drawings and examples into basic principles. I have rarely seen a group of teens so engaged with a presenter, and Gene was enthusiastic and patient with all their questions before, during, and after the program.
Head of Reader's Advisory and Teen Services
Berwyn Public Library
Gene Ha is an entertaining and inspirational author. When he presented at our school, students were engaged, attentive, and entertained from start to finish! He incorporated the audience into his presentation. Gene answered a variety of questions students had about him as an author and artist. The presentation and visit were very well put together as he presented to all 900 students at our school in three separate sessions.
Marquardt Middle School
6th- English & Social Studies
Gene Ha joined us in 2015 during the "Every Hero Has a Story" summer reading program. A group of 6th - 12th graders paid rapt attention while he talked about illustrating comics, and covered some design basics. He led them through drawing exercises of their own, and drew each of them an individual sketch. The young adults spoke with him about comic characters and his work and had a great time! I worked with Mr. Ha at a previous library during an event with a younger age group, and he was fantastic with them as well. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and professional, and most importantly, he clearly enjoys sharing his skills and experience with young people and getting them excited about comics and art. That enthusiasm keeps the kids engaged and inspired, and is invaluable in any presenter.
Head of Youth Services
Woodstock Public Library
Marvel and DC comic book artist and four time Eisner Award winner, Gene Ha visited Cass Junior High School to speak with Mrs. Audrey Vaci’s and Mr. Scott Kondraschow’s Seventh Grade English Language Arts students about Art and Storytelling. Mr. Ha has recently written, illustrated and published his own graphic novel, Mae, which tells the story of two sisters and their fantastical adventures. During four small group sessions throughout the day, Mr. Ha discussed his own career path, including the process of how he became a Comic Book Artist.
Additionally, Mr. Ha discussed how he is able to generate ideas and develop his stories, as well as how the process of drawing a comic book or graphic novel can take months to complete. During the question and answer section of the sessions, students were able to ask Mr. Ha a variety of questions ranging from how to draw different objects and animals, how to build on the storytelling process, and what education is necessary to become an Artist and Storyteller. A special treat included personalized drawings for students who asked questions of Mr. Ha. One of the lasting impressions for the Seventh Grade Students was when he shared his original rejection letter from Marvel Comics. He used this letter as encouragement to the students that they should never give up on their dreams and that hard work and dedication to one’s craft is always rewarded.
“Cass Community” newsletter, Spring 2017.
Cass School District 63, DuPage, Illinois.