Graphic novelist JERRY CRAFT (pictured) has a lot in common with Jordan Banks. Jordan is the main character in Craft’s latest graphic novel, New Kid. In the story, Jordan is crazy about cartooning and wants to go to art school. Instead, his parents enroll him in a fancy private school known for its academics, where he’s one of the only students who isn’t white. Craft went through something similar, and he knows what it’s like to be one of the few African Americans in class. He told TFK Kid Reporter Maria Suarez that for him, the experience was like “being thrown in a cold swimming pool.”
Growing up, Craft wasn’t a big reader. But New Kid, with its imaginative drawings and relatable characters, is a book he would have liked. “A graphic novel is something between a book and a movie,” he says. New Kid hits shelves February 5.