Digital Culture Speaker Series: Story Worlds are Characters
10/28 Alisa Kwitney
Title: Story Worlds are Characters.
Alisa Kwitney will talk about what she has learned as a writer and editor for the Vertigo Imprint of DC Comics about world building. Some topics include: Your world is what you put in…and what you leave out; The world shapes the story, and vice versa; Telling details and why visual thinking is symbolic thinking; and the importance of grounding fantasy worlds in reality, and of finding the fantastic in realistic world settings.
Alisa Kwitney is the critically acclaimed author of numerous novels and graphic novels including Mystik U (DC Comics) Rogue: Untouched (Marvel/Aconyte), and The Cadaver & Queen series (Harlequin/Scholastic). At Wesleyan University, she received the Horgan Prize for best short story, and her thesis for Columbia’s MFA program became her debut novel, Till the Fat Lady Sings, which was a New York Times New and Noteworthy book pick. Alisa’s novels have been selected for Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program and she has twice been nominated for the prestigious Eisner award for her graphic novel writing. She was a staff editor at DC/Vertigo, where she worked with Neil Gaiman on The Sandman and discovered the writer Mike Carey (The Girl with All the Gifts) and assigned him to the Lucifer series. She went on to work with Neil Gaiman on the Norse Book of Mythology and to write the non-fiction book Sandman: The King of Dreams. She currently co-hosts Endless: A Sandman Podcast about the comic book series and forthcoming Netflix series.