Janna Morishima

Janna Morishima

Janna Morishima specializes in graphic novels and visual storytelling. She currently represents a diverse range of comics creators, including Misako Rocks, Shauna Grant, Andi Watson, and Black Sands Entertainment.

Janna started her career at Scholastic, where she co-founded the Graphix imprint and helped sign creators who have had huge impacts on the field, such as Raina Telgemeier, Jeff Smith, and Kazu Kibuishi.

She then became director of the Kids Group for Diamond Book Distributors, where she worked with publishers such as Marvel, Dark Horse, Oni Press, and Image Comics, and helped launch Françoise Mouly’s Toon Books imprint.

In addition to her background in publishing, she has worked as an associate producer for documentary films and as an assistant kindergarten teacher and in a high school for teens in the juvenile justice system. She later launched and ran the NYC Department of Education’s “NYC Reads 365” literacy initiative.

She is the founder of Janna Co. and Kids Comics Unite, an online community for kids and YA graphic novel professionals. Find out more at http://jannaco.co and https://www.kidscomicsunite.com/.

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