About Gene Ha
Gene Ha writes and draws Mae. Eighteen year old Mae Fortell follows her long-missing sister Abbie to a world of mad science and mystery. Gene is a NY Times bestselling comic book artist best known for his work with writer Alan Moore, Top 10 and its prequel, The Forty-Niners. He has won four Eisners, the highest award in American comics. Gene lives outside Chicago in Berwyn, IL with his lovely wife, Lisa. geneha.com
© Gene Ha 2020 by Anette Nam Design
Author Visit Kit
Gene is happy to share his enthusiasm comics and YA literature. He easily adapts his presentations to meet your school's or library's teaching goals. He can simplify topics, or add more depth and technical detail.
Gene loves to Skype or FaceTime chat for free with book groups, classes, and library groups. Please contact him about his schedule and make a test chat the day or two before to work out technical glitches.
Gene Ha lives in Berwyn, IL, near Chicago’s O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) international airports.
Conferences and Festivals
Gene also enjoys speaking to adults about art, comics and writing. In addition to panels and interviews, any of his presentations can be adapted for adult and professional audiences.
How To Draw Anything
Grades 6 and up • 45+ minute talk, or 90+ minute talk & activity
Gene Ha will answer all of your questions about how to draw ANYTHING! People, buildings, cars, animals: what would you like to draw better? Give a young artist a pencil, paper, and the camera on a phone, a few simple principles will let him or her to draw anything from their lives. Add a web browser and their imagination, and he or she can draw the faraway and the imaginary. Art is a process of observation, experiment and play.
Draw Yourself As A Superhero
Grades 3 and up • 45+ minutes
Art is a tool that changes how children see themselves. The whole class will name a problem, then suggest to Gene how to draw a superhero who can solve that problem. Next, each child will write down a problem and draw themselves as the hero who can fix it.
Comic Strip Writing Lessons
Grades 3 and up • 90+ minutes
Whether writing a 3 panel strip or an epic novel, the same tools are used to engage a reader: character, exposition, conflict and dramatic suspense. Using examples from popular comic strips, Gene shows how to build a narrative. Students will then create their own comic strips.
by Gene Ha
(Writer and Artist)
Top 10 and
by Alan Moore (Writer),
Gene Ha and Zander Cannon (Artists)
AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits
Wi-Fi access (with password if necessary)
Easel and 25” x 30” pad (or larger)
Video screen or projector for images
A USB flash drive compatible laptop, connected to the screen or projector
Additional needs for groups larger than 60 people
Video camera to enlarge the easel drawings on the video system
Microphone and audio system
In the Chicago metro area $500 for 1 talk
In the Chicago metro area $700 per day
Outside the Chicago metro area $1000 per day plus travel expenses, plus $700 per extra day
If budget challenges are an issue, contact Gene for a negotiated rate.
A day of talks can have up to 6 hours of sessions, with a 1 hour break after 3 hours. Sessions can be at different schools and libraries in the same area.
Gene is happy to sign any copies of his books. Please contact Lion Forge Sales Manager Devin Funches for bulk orders of Mae at Devin@lionforge.com
Gene’s casual and approachable presentation style helped him really build a rapport with our middle school and high school students. He did a great job making sure they all had a chance to participate, and tying his drawings and examples into basic principles. I have rarely seen a group of teens so engaged with a presenter, and Gene was enthusiastic and patient with all their questions before, during, and after the program.
Head of Reader's Advisory and Teen Services
Berwyn Public Library
Gene Ha is an entertaining and inspirational author. When he presented at our school, students were engaged, attentive, and entertained from start to finish! He incorporated the audience into his presentation. Gene answered a variety of questions students had about him as an author and artist. The presentation and visit were very well put together as he presented to all 900 students at our school in three separate sessions.
Marquardt Middle School
6th- English & Social Studies
Gene Ha joined us in 2015 during the "Every Hero Has a Story" summer reading program. A group of 6th - 12th graders paid rapt attention while he talked about illustrating comics, and covered some design basics. He led them through drawing exercises of their own, and drew each of them an individual sketch. The young adults spoke with him about comic characters and his work and had a great time! I worked with Mr. Ha at a previous library during an event with a younger age group, and he was fantastic with them as well. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and professional, and most importantly, he clearly enjoys sharing his skills and experience with young people and getting them excited about comics and art. That enthusiasm keeps the kids engaged and inspired, and is invaluable in any presenter.
Head of Youth Services
Woodstock Public Library
Marvel and DC comic book artist and four time Eisner Award winner, Gene Ha visited Cass Junior High School to speak with Mrs. Audrey Vaci’s and Mr. Scott Kondraschow’s Seventh Grade English Language Arts students about Art and Storytelling. Mr. Ha has recently written, illustrated and published his own graphic novel, Mae, which tells the story of two sisters and their fantastical adventures. During four small group sessions throughout the day, Mr. Ha discussed his own career path, including the process of how he became a Comic Book Artist.
Additionally, Mr. Ha discussed how he is able to generate ideas and develop his stories, as well as how the process of drawing a comic book or graphic novel can take months to complete. During the question and answer section of the sessions, students were able to ask Mr. Ha a variety of questions ranging from how to draw different objects and animals, how to build on the storytelling process, and what education is necessary to become an Artist and Storyteller. A special treat included personalized drawings for students who asked questions of Mr. Ha. One of the lasting impressions for the Seventh Grade Students was when he shared his original rejection letter from Marvel Comics. He used this letter as encouragement to the students that they should never give up on their dreams and that hard work and dedication to one’s craft is always rewarded.
“Cass Community” newsletter, Spring 2017.
Cass School District 63, DuPage, Illinois.