Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2021 Illustrator Day Faculty


Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, Sisters, Ghosts, and Guts, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club series, and has contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina’s accolades include five Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best-of and Notables lists. Raina lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Raina is represented by Judith Hansen of Hansen Literary Agency



David Saylor is the founder and publisher of Graphix, Scholastic’s groundbreaking graphic novel imprint. Through this first-of-its-kind imprint, Graphix has published books by Dav Pilkey, Raina Telgemeier, Jeff Smith, Kazu Kibuishi, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
As Vice President and Creative Director in the Scholastic Trade Book Group, David has art-directed books by Caldecott medalists and honorees Brian Selznick, Jon J Muth, Christopher Myers, and Allen Say. He is also the art director for all American editions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.


Lisa Brown is a New York Times bestselling illustrator, author, and cartoonist whose picture books include The Airport Book, How to Be, Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert, and Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket, as well as the “Baby Be of Use” series of satirical board books for McSweeney’s. Her latest books include The Phantom Twin, a graphic novel for teens, and Long Story Short, a collection of book review comics. Lisa teaches illustration and children’s books at The California College of Art in San Francisco.



Mai K. Nguyen is a comics author and illustrator living in the California Bay Area. Her career in comics began in second grade when she made a picture book about her dog and his ability to teleport anywhere. More recently, she made her debut in 2019 with her middle-grade graphic novel Pilu of the Woods. When she’s not dreaming up new story ideas, she’s hustling as a product designer in San Francisco, exploring nearby nature spots, or eating too much ice cream.




Andrea Morrison studied Literature/Writing at UCSD and earned her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. She started at Writers House as an intern in 2009. Since, she’s had the opportunity to work with a variety of bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators. She’s excited about adult fiction that blends gorgeous prose with stories featuring younger protagonists. She’s hungry for YA that that blends crazy-beautiful language with characters navigating the nutty, magical, and hard parts of being a teen. She also loves laugh-out-loud middle-grade and timeless picture books. Most importantly, she’s looking for stories that grab your heart and don’t let it go, even after they’re finished.


Britt Siess began her publishing career at the Taryn Fagerness Agency, working in foreign rights before moving on to Wales Literary Agency. She then went to the sales division of The Quarto Group’s becker&mayer! imprint where she specialized in working with licenses and in selling both domestic and foreign rights. In 2018 she joined Martin Literary as an Associate Literary Manager focusing on graphic novels and science fiction and fantasy, and was quickly promoted to Literary Manager, having secured book deals for her clients with each of the Big 5 publishers within her first year. In 2020, she founded Britt Siess Creative Management LLC, a graphic novel and illustration agency which represents some of the biggest names in graphic novels and comics. 

Britt is drawn to imaginative stories with poignant themes. In graphic novels, her interests include a variety of genres, including fantasy, adventure, sports, contemporary stories, and magical realism. She particularly loves character-driven stories that feature lovable but flawed main characters, found families, and themes of coming-of-age. She adores a striking color palette and distinct character designs. 

Britt tweets publishing tips and waxes poetic about her favorite graphic novels @BrittSiess