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Touring In: Ontario

Craft: Author & Illustrator

Genre: Graphic Novels

Ideal Audience Size: preference for larger groups

Maximum Audience Size: 60 without a microphone; no limit with a microphone

Grades: Grades 3-6

Special Equipment: Projector, microphone for groups over 60 people

Website: www.alex-comics.com

Winner of the 2015 Joe Shuster Award

Presentation Information

PRESENTATIONS CAN BE DONE IN BOTH ENGLISH AND FRENCH

Grades 3 to 6

In the last few years, Alex A. has done over 500 school animations and is really loved by kids!

Alex A. begins his presentation by talking about his series Super Agent Jon Le Bon. He explains how he began writing and illustrating graphic novels at the very young age of 8. He shows kids his early drawings, and how these evolved. Then, with Alex’s drawing tricks and writing tips, the participants are invited to express their own creativity by developing characters and drawing them. During the last part of the presentation, Alex A. takes on a drawing challenge based on the students’ suggestions and offers to caricature a few volunteers right on the spot!

(This session can be tailored for younger or older audiences.)

Teachers and librarians

What does it take to become Quebec’s most popular graphic novelist? In this presentation, Alex A. shares his development as an author and illustrator, giving educators ideas about how to foster, from a young age, lasting creativity around drawing and storytelling. Graphic novels are wildly popular with children, so they offer a great opportunity to foster literacy and lifelong positive engagement with images and text. The key, especially with primary students, is to provide high-quality, appealing and age-appropriate examples. Who better to recognize these than a master of the craft? Educators will come away with a new/renewed appreciation of what can be accomplished with a clever combination of text and illustration.

 

Book List

ENGLISH

Super Agent Jon Le Bon! Vol. 8 Big Beaver Forever
(Adventure Press, October 2018)

Mini-Jon’s Experiments Vol 2
(Adventure Press, April 2018)

Super Agent Jon Le Bon! The Ultimate Symbol (Vol. 7)
(Adventure Press, October 2017)

Mini-Jon’s Experiments (Vol. 1)
(Adventure Press, April 2017)

Super Agent Jon Le Bon! A Sheep in the Head (Vol. 6)
(Adventure Press, March 2017)

Super Agent Jon Le Bon! Time Travel Fridge (Vol. 5)
(Presses Aventure, 2016)

Super Agent Jon Le Bon! The Prophecy of 4 (Vol. 4)
(Presses Aventure, 2016)

Super Agent Jon Le Bon! Operation Shorthand (Vol. 3)
(Presses Aventure, 2016)

Super Agent Jon Le Bon! Formula V (Vol. 2)
(Presses Aventure, 2015)

Super Agent Jon Le Bon! The Brain of the Apocalypse (Vol. 1)
(Presses Aventure, 2015)

FRENCH

L’Agent Jean !  Saison 2, tome 3
(Presses Aventure, March 2018)

L’Univers est un Ninja Tome 2   Le livre jaune
(Presses Aventure, November 2017)

Les expériences de Mini-Jean Tome 2
(Presses Aventure, August 2017)

L’Agent Jean ! Saison 2, tome 2 La nanodimension
(Presses Aventure, March 2017)

L’Agent Jean ! Saison 2, tome 1 Épopée virtuelle
(Presses Aventure, 2016)

L’Agent Jean ! Hors série Les dossiers secrets de Moignons
(Presses Aventure, 2015)

L’Agent Jean ! Tome 8 Le castor à jamais
(Presses Aventure, 2015)

L’Agent Jean ! Tome 7 L’ultime symbole absolu
(Presses Aventure, 2014)

L’Agent Jean ! Tome 6 Un mouton dans la tête
(Presses Aventure, March 2014)

L’Agent Jean ! Tome 5 Le frigo temporel
(Presses Aventure, 2013)

L’Agent Jean ! Tome 4 La prophétie des quatre
(Presses Aventure, 2013)

L’Agent Jean ! Tome 3 Opération Moignons
(Presses Aventure, 2012)

L’Agent Jean ! Tome 2 La formule V
(Presses Aventure, 2012)

L’Agent Jean ! – Tome 1 – Le cerveau de l’Apocalypse
(Presses Aventure, 2011)

 

Biography

Alex A., author and illustrator, discovered his love for creating cartoon characters at the age of eight and has been at it ever since. His first graphic novel was published in 2011: L’Agent Jean! The series now includes over 10 books and is adored by young readers in Quebec and Ontario. His books have sold over 800,000 copies in Quebec alone.

Alex has done over 500 school presentations in the last 6 years, sharing his passion with thousands of children across Canada, encouraging them to create characters and stories. He’ll tell you that his main source of inspiration is “all that exists but especially all that doesn’t exist and lives in my imagination”.

L’Agent Jean! is now available in English as Super Agent Jon Le Bon! (Adventure Press). Volumes 1-6 have been selected for inclusion in The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens. Alex is also the author of Mini-Jon’s Experiments (for kids 6 to 9), where humor, adventure and science come together. A dose of Experiments is found monthly in Chickadee Magazine.

Alex A. lives in Montreal with his dog Ours and always shows up for book signings wearing his distinctive wool hat and colorful plaid pants, ready to entertain his young readers.

Visit Alex A.’s website or Facebook Fan Page for more information!

 

Awards

L’Agent Jean – Tome 6 – Un mouton dans la tête
L’Agent Jean – Tome 7 – L’ultime symbole absolu

  • Winner of the 2015 Joe Shuster Award

Super Agent Jon Le Bon Volume 1 The Brain of the Apocalypse

  • Selected for the 2016 Best Books for Kids & Teens

Super Agent Jon Le Bon Volume 2 Formula V

  • Selected for the 2016 Best Books for Kids & Teens

Super Agent Jon Le Bon Volume 3 Operation Shorthand

  • Selected for the 2016 Best Books for Kids & Teens

Super Agent Jon Le Bon Volume 4 The Prophecy of 4

  • Selected for the 2016 Best Books for Kids & Teens

Super Agent Jon Le Bon Volume 5 Time Travel Fridge

  • Selected for the 2017 Best Books for Kids & Teens

Super Agent Jon Le Bon Volume 6 A Sheep in the Head

  • Selected for the 2017 Best Books for Kids & Teens

 

Praise

“I had many occasions to see Alex A at work with young (and not so young!) readers. He has this amazing faculty to easily understand their reality and codes, which reflects in all of his colourful and whimsical universe. His motto: nothing is impossible to a creative mind!

By demonstrating how he creates characters and stories from scratch and always accepting creative challenges from his captivated audience, each of Alex A.’s visits is customized, dynamic and sure makes every young reader feel important and unique! His kindness, generosity and enthusiasm are totally contagious!”

—Shannon Desbiens, Librairie Les Bouquinistes (Chicoutimi, QC)

“Every time Alex comes over, it is an astonishing success. The kids are captivated by his presentations. His demonstrations are dynamic, full of surprises and very interactive. His drawing skills are impressive and his young fans often bring their own drawings for technical advice and, of course, as gifts.

I have rarely seen an author with such devotion to the fans year after year. The children chat with him like they would do with a long time friend. In return, he is always generous of his time and presence.

I can say without a doubt that Alex A is an inspiring author and a model for our young readers across Canada.”

—Jérémy Laniel, Librairie Carcajou (Rosemère, QC)