Ryan North

Writer and all around entertaining guy.

Talks



I've been a speaker at venues as diverse as Blizzard Entertainment (where I spoke about how one makes money as an independant cartoonist) to Yale (where I spoke about comics in general) to TEDx (where I spoke about reinventing civilization from scratch when you're trapped in the past) to countless libraries and schools around the world, where I try to inspire my audience about both the medium of comics and the fun and excitement of science and technology.

I'd love to come entertain (and maybe even educate??) at your school, business, or event. Please contact Kate Berner at the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau if you're interested in having me visit!

Recent events from the past little while include:

  • 2016-present: Juneau, Alaska Comics Camp - yearly school visits for disadvantaged youth, including incarcerated youth
  • 2021: Intel - remote technical seminar on invention and time travel
  • 2021: LitUp Festival - remote Zoom talk about writing, creativity, and finding your spark for teens.
  • 2019: New Prarie High School, IL - schoolwide talk about writing, becoming a writer, and knowing that who you are in high school doesn't have to be who you are later on. They sent me feedback afterwards!
    • "Your visit was wonderful. Your presentation in the school auditorium was packed with great messages about writing, reading, and - more generally - being creative and approaching life as an ongoing project of learning and growing. When you were talking with students one-on-one, you were so approachable, so honest, and so insightful. As far as school visits go, you nailed it!"
  • 2019: Trinity College, Dublin - keynote address to the Trinity Literary Society and Gamers Society about interactive storytelling
  • 2019: Lethbridge Library Comic Con - special guest event on how to survive - and thrive - in the past
  • 2019: Peninsula Libraries Comics Arts Festival - both general author and How To Invent Everything events
  • 2018: Great Summer Books Program - guest lecturer on creativity and writing for the summer students at at Amherst College. They sent me feedback from the event afterwards!
    • "Liked Ryan North the best, made me see how literature was fun and didn't have to follow specific rules!!! Showed me that literature that was fun could still mean something."
    • "Really liked the guest speaker! Not everyone has the ability to carry the audience through the whole presentation. Make sure future guest speakers are as good as him!"
    • "Liked guest lecturer because he was funny and relatable, didn't talk down to kids."
  • 2018: BAHFest - Keynote address (watch here!)
  • 2018: XOXO - On Creativity, and Doing Things Nobody Has Given You Permission To Do
  • 2017: Toronto Public Library - Educational comics address for an audience of librarians
  • 2016: Toronto Comics Arts Festival - Keynote address
  • 2016: The Walrus Talks - seven minutes on choosing your own destiny (watch here!)
  • 2013: TEDx - Time travel talk (watch here!)
  • 2011: Blizzard Entertainment - special address
  • 2009: Yale University - comics talk, followed by a humor and writing workshop with students
  • 2009: Reflections | Projections - on creativity, comics, and writing with constraints

Current Projects

Squirrel Girl art by Erica Henderson, © Marvel Comics, Ophelia art by Kate Beaton, How To Invent Everything art by Derek Charm, Kid Constantine art by Derek Charm, © DC Comics, Slaughterhouse-Five art by Albert Monteys, How To Be A T.rex art by Mike Lowery.