Spotlighting young writers with heartfelt stories that enlighten and inspire.


Sven Larsen

Sven Larsen is a pioneer in the field of graphic novel publishing who has held staff positions at Marvel Comics, Teshkeel and Papercutz and consulting positions with Diamond, Dead Reckoning, AfterShock and several other publishers. He’s passionate about kids’ and teen graphic novels and was one of the founders of the Children’s Book Council’s Graphic Novel Committee.

Dave Elliott

Dave Elliott has worked on such diverse titles as A1, DEADLINE, VIZ, HEAVY METAL, 2000AD, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, TRANSFORMERS, GI JOE, THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS and DR. WHO. Dave co-founded Radical Studios where he oversaw the development and launch of Radical’s premiere comic book titles several of which were sold as film properties including Hercules, Freedom Formula and Oblivion. He recently launched the graphic novel series ODYSSEY and THE WEIRDING WILLOWS with Titan Comics.

Lorran Garrison

Outreach Coordinator
Lorran Garrison was raised on the island of Guam in a quirky family made of many cultures and ethnicities. She prides herself in saying “yes and” to almost any adventure. She has a thirst for learning, and attended Santa Monica College for her Associate’s degree, UCLA for her BA in History and Spanish, the University of Barcelona in Spain for a year, Milano School of International Affairs at The New School in NYC for her Master’s in Science in Management and Urban Policy, and is currently attending Alliant International University for her Master’s of Arts in Education in School Psychology with the PPS Credential (expected graduation date May 2019). She loves to travel, eat and cook unique foods, read comic books, and advocate for those in need. Her main in Overwatch is usually Ana. She is currently located in sunny Southern California and you will usually find her in long conversations with strangers about their dreams and how to achieve them.