Graphic Novel Artist Visits School

A Chicago illustrator and author went to Jefferson Junior High School to draw student’s attention to the art of storytelling.

Sean O’Neil talked with art students about his new graphic novel “Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh’s Fortune.”

The book follows the adventure of a young boy and his pet monkey as they search for hidden treasure in 1930’s Cairo, Egypt.

He had the sixth graders explain what was happening in different scenes of his book just by looking at the illustrations.

“It’s just kind of a way for them to learn how important information in a story can be conveyed visually,” said O’Neill.

“I learned a bunch of stuff, like you don’t really need words to communicate,” said sixth grader Owen.

The students then started drawing their own cartoon adventure and O’Neill will revisit the school next week to see them.

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