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“Kids were REALLY excited to see your computer drawing!” — Rachel McCoy, Moline Schools

Jason Platt’s full-length graphic novel series, Middle School Misadventures, has won praise from SLJ and has been on the Texas Library Association’s Little Maverick Reading List. Based on his comic, Mister & Me, Newell is no longer perpetually five years old and is thrust into the “lawless halls of middle school” (Will Henry of Wallace the Brave). His graphic novels celebrate the innocent times that kids encounter during those awkward years and when friendships start to grow tighter and tighter.

Jason fell in love with cartooning early in his childhood. Drawing early inspiration from Charles M. Schulz (Peanuts), Jim Davis (Garfield), and Jim Henson (The Muppets). Through his adolescence, Jason discovered both Mad Magazine and Bloom County. Cartoonists like Mort Drucker, Sergio Aragonés, and Berkley Breathed were soon added to his heroes. Inspired by these cartooning greats, Jason drew countless hours as a kid. The only time Jason ever got in trouble at school is when he sold some of his own comics during recess. Apparently, that was frowned upon. Who knew?

Later working as both a professional actor and a puppeteer, Jason focused on the art of illustration and graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (or SCAD, for those in the know). While he trained in several styles he found that whenever he drew for fun, or just for himself, it was always cartooning. So he focused his work on the style he had always loved.

Jason grew up in Durham, NC and he and his family live in Davenport, IA with their cat (who insists on being his coworker). He is a member of SCBWI and the National Cartoonists Society.

Middle School Misadventures: Dance Disaster

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers |
Middle Grade

Newell’s perfectly comfortable life is turned upside down when Mrs. Hendricks announces the upcoming school dance (Fart.) and he discovers his dad is dating his math teacher (Double Fart!), forcing Newell to embrace change and grow.

At first, Newell is excited when Mrs. Hendricks announces a school dance! The seventh grade dance last year was awesome, and Newell used it to invent his signature move: The Shake and Slide. But when Newell realizes this dance is for the entire school, not just the eighth grade, he starts to stress about his friends coupling up and the dance ultimately breaking up the gang. Things go from bad to worse when Skyler jinxes Newell: he stubs his toe, breaks his arm, and even misses Mr. Todd slip across the cafeteria on a banana peel! And if that wasn’t enough, Newell’s dad has started dating again…and specifically starts dating Newell’s math teacher, Miss Tanner!

Newell is on a desperate mission to keep his life from changing too much, will he succeed or embrace the dance of life?

Don’t miss the rest of the Middle School Misadventures series:
Middle School Misadventures
Middle School Misadventures: Operation Hat Heist

Middle School Misadventures: Operation: Hat Heist!

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers |
Graphic Novel

In Jason Platt’s second Middle School Misadventures graphic novel, Newell’s favorite hat gets taken away! With the help of his most talented friends, he concocts the perfect plan to get it back. Operation: Hat Heist is a go!
Newell’s favorite show of all time is The Captain! Newell is beyond excited when he learns that the Captain himself, Patrick O’Shaughnessy, will be at Monster Comic Con. He can’t wait to meet The Captain wearing his once-worn-by-The-Captain WWII crusher hat that his dad gave him. But when Newell brings the hat to school, it gets stolen from his backpack! Fart.
When Newell finally spots the culprit wearing his hat in the hall, Mr. Todd confiscates it and reminds the students, “There are no hats to be worn in school!” Double fart. What will Newell do?! He wants his hat back so he doesn’t let his dad down and so he can impress his hero, but Mr. Todd refuses to return it! Just when Newell is about to give up, he receives a note from 8th grader Ethan: “I have an idea. Also, bring your friends. They can help too.” Can Newell, Ethan, and this ragtag group of friends pull off the perfect hat heist?
In this fun and imaginative full-color graphic novel, Jason Platt sends fast-talking, daydreaming, Newell on another desperate quest to save his favorite hat before he meets his all-time hero.
This title will be simultaneously available in paperback.

Middle School Misadventures

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers |
Graphic Novel

In Jason Platt’s debut graphic novel, Ferris Bueller meets Calvin and Hobbes in this hilarious and embarrassing middle school caper that asks the important questions–like how long can one kid vamp before he embarrasses himself in front of his whole school?
Newell is always getting into trouble–whether it’s showing up tardy for most of the year, or mocking his teachers while authoritarian Mr. Todd is standing right behind him. When disaster strikes and Newell finds himself on track to summer school, he’s given one last minute option to get out of it–participating in the upcoming Talent Show. The only problem is that he doesn’t technically have a talent to show. Yikes.
In this fun and imaginative full-color graphic novel, Jason Platt sends a fast-talking, daydreaming, middle school kid on a desperate quest to pull off a great show and save his summer.
This title will be simultaneously available in hardcover.

Mister & Me Dream: A comic collection Vol. 1 Years 2009-2011

Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, |
Graphic Novel

Follow spunky five year old, Newell and his father as they navigate their adventures through this little thing called: Life. Whether you are new to Mister & Me, or are a long time follower, this first collection of comics will certainly warm your heart, as it celebrates parenthood and reflects on how quickly childhood actually goes by. In this first collection of Mister & Me comics, we go back to its first two years and see how the comic got to be where it is today. This collection also includes bonus comics, not found anywhere else; an introduction by Christopher Jean Soucy; and a reflection on how the comic all started.

Constructing a Simple Story

Jason will help children find confidence in their own storytelling techniques. He will hellp them construct a simple story and create simple art. He incorporates drawings he did in elementary school, which bridges the gap and helps inspire young artists.

Intro to Cartooning & Storytelling

Jason delves deeper to show children different techniques that both fun and entertaining, ranging from how to simplify a still life drawing to a cartoon; how to handle a pencil when sketching a rough sketch; and on to the finished drawing. With the techniques shared, Jason encourages kids to come up with their own character, and after showing them how to successfully add text to their work, have them come up with their own comic strip that they write and draw themselves.

School Visits

Using visuals to highlight Jason’s lecture, Jason talks about his graphic novels, his characters, and how he writes and draws them. He also shows them visuals on what his art work looked like when he was in elementary school too (The kids love this and usually find it hysterical. But it also inspires them to know that he had to work hard to get to where he is.) He also has an interactive demo for his audience, where he teaches how to create your own character for your own stories (at any artist level–an activity even for the teachers!).

A Drawing Demo with Jason

Jason’s Characters

Jason’s Blog

Jason’s Portfolio

Downloads for Readers

School Visits

Honors, Awards & Recognition

Graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design

Media Kit

By clicking the link below you will be directed to a Google Docs Folder
where you can download author photos and cover images.

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