Ben Hatke

Ben Hatke
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Ben Hatke's first graphic novel was Zita the Spacegirl. He has published comics stories in the Flight series as well as Flight Explorer.  In addition to writing and drawing comics, he also paints in the naturalist tradition and, occasionally, performs one-man fire shows.
 
Hatke lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.


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Legends of Zita the Spacegirl

Being a hero is turns out to be not all that fun.

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The Return of Zita the Spacegirl -- Book Trailer

Watch this video trailer for the lastest chapter in the adventures of Zita the Spacegirl.

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Zita the Spacegirl Trailer

Zita never expected her life to turn out this way...

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Eight Questions for Ben Hatke
 
What’s your favorite book?
 
It’s so hard to pick a favorite because you love different books for different reasons!  I love Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book because when I read it I am inspired and I want to work hard to create a story so beautiful and well-crafted (and because I love those goblins).  On the other hand there is an obscure book by C.S. Lewis called The Discarded Image, a collection of his lectures on Medieval thought, which completely changed the way I looked at history.  I have dozens of favorites but it’s hard to tell which would stand triumphant in a battle royal.  It’s the same with friends.
 
If you were shipwrecked on a desert island, what one piece of media would you take with you?  If it isn’t your favorite book, explain how you came to this peculiar decision.  
 
Am I allowed to choose “sketchbook”?  If not then I would choose an album of pictures of my family.   With that I could sit on a hill overlooking the sea and look through all the pictures and a single tear would trail down my dirty cheek and it would all be very dramatic.  Then I would become suddenly full of resolve!  I would have a “furrowed brow” and I would work like mad to finish the airplane I made out of bamboo and coconuts.
 
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
 
I’m usually a vanilla boy.  Because it’s reliable and because you almost always go out for ice cream with a group.  You can rely on other people to get the exotic flavors and you can usually talk your way into a taste.  You say “Is that Elderberry and Maple Syrup?  Man, I almost got that!  Do you mind if I...? (lick).  Oh that’s good!  I totally made the wrong choice.”  Then you look wistfully at your vanilla (and a single tear trails down your dirty cheek) and move on to the next person.
 
How are you planning to survive the zombie apocalypse?
 
You see, I have these schematics for an airplane made out of bamboo and coconuts...  I’m flying back to my island.  I was happy there.
 
What’s your favorite word?
 
I don’t think I have a favorite.  A Wise Old Master once told me that “murmuring” was the most poetic word in the English language.  “Capricious” and “snack” also good ones.
 
Black or white?  Cats or dogs?  Apples or oranges?  Robots or vampires?
 
Rootbeer!  Cats!  Apples!  Robots! Bamboo!  Coconuts!
 
What’s the worst fortune cookie advice you ever got?  Did you take it?  
 
I ate the cookie.  I ate the cookie....
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Julia's House for Lost Creatures

Ben Hatke
First Second

When Julia and her walking house come to town, she likes everything about her new neighborhood except how quiet it is! So Julia puts a sign up: "Julia's House...


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Available 9/2/2014
The Return of Zita the Spacegirl
Zita the Spacegirl Series
Ben Hatke
First Second

Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure in this New York Times-Bestselling graphic novel trilogy for...


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The Worm Whisperer

Betty Hicks, illustrated by Ben Hatke
Roaring Brook Press

You've heard of Horse Whisperers and Dog Whisperers, but Ellis thinks he might be a Worm Whisperer! Ellis Coffey loves animals. He spends so much time...


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Legends of Zita the Spacegirl
Zita the Spacegirl Series
Ben Hatke
First Second

Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure. Zita is determined to find her way home to earth, following...


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Between the Panels 2

Zack Giallongo; Ben Hatke; Thien Pham; JT Petty; Hilary Florido; Mark Siegel
First Second

Have you ever asked yourself what goes on in comics between the panels and behind the scenes?  Between the Panels 2 gives you an inside look at the making of...


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Zita the Spacegirl
Zita the Spacegirl Series
Written and illustrated by Ben Hatke
First Second

Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye. When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and...


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