Available for virtual visits in : Kootenay’s (B.C), New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island & Saskatchewan

Home Province: Ontario

Craft: Graphic Novelist/Illustrator/Cartoonist

Genre: Picture Books/Beginner Graphic Novels/Middle Grade Novels

Target Audience: Ages 6 – 8

Cost for School and Public Virtual Presentation with CCBC subsidy: $200.00, plus applicable taxes

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Virtual Workshop Information:


(Grade 5 and under)

I teach how to draw my characters, revealing how their designs are built of simple shapes. Children are encouraged to create their own characters using the same simple method. In this presentation I also encourage young artists to learn to draw by copying the work of others, modifying it, and transforming it into something new. I share examples of my own childhood drawings, and identify the various pieces of inspiration that led to their creation.


(Grade 6 and older)

What makes a good drawing good? We all struggle with our own limitations as artists, but we can channel those limitations into strengths by understanding the purpose and function of an image. Drawings don’t need to be flawless to accomplish their goals. In fact, many stories and voices are better served by simple, unrefined drawings. We’ll take a close look at the relationship between words and pictures, study the work of artists who transcend “good drawing”, and learn to be happier cartoonists by casting away the shackles of perfection.

Book List

Crocodile Hungry – written by Eija Sumner, illustrated by John Martz Tundra Books, February 2022 –  Picture Book

Burt’s Way Home, Tundra Books, July 2022 (originally Koyama Press, 2016) – Available for Pre-order

Evie and the Truth About Witches, Tundra Books, 2021 (originally Koyama Press, 2018)

A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories, Tundra Books, 2021 (originally Koyama Press, 2016)

How to Give Your Cat a Bath – written by Nicola Winstanley, illustrated by John Martz Tundra Books, 2019

Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate? – written by Etta Kaner, illustrated by John Martz OwlKids, 2018

Who’s on First? – written by Abbott and Costello, illustrated by John Martz Quirk Books, 2013

Black and Bittern Was Night – written by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by John Martz Kidscan Press, 2013

Dear Flyary – written by Dianne Young, illustrated by John Martz Kidscan Press, 2012


JOHN MARTZ is a cartoonist, illustrator, and designer in Toronto, Ontario. He is the art director for Tundra Books and Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers. His books have been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Wards, the Eisner Awards, and the Doug Wright Awards. In addition to his work in children’s publishing, his comics have appeared in MAD Magazine, the Nib, Slate, and the Globe and Mail.