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Children’s Author and Illustrator
Graphic Novelist
Travels from: Porto, Portugal

“Cape takes us there and brings us back, leaving us better and more hopeful than we were before. A necessary read for ever-present grief.” — Antwan Eady, author of Nigel and the Moon

Kevin Johnson (aka “Captain Create”) is a proud Temple University alumnus, who grew up just south of Philadelphia, PA. There, he spent his childhood seeking adventure with friends, watching movies, reading comics, and falling in love with the magic of storytelling.

Kevin is the author of the critically-acclaimed picture book CAPE along with an upcoming unannounced graphic novel. As the adopted son of two lifelong educators, Kevin dedicates his focus and energy to helping children embrace the power of imagination and storytelling.

As an author, he believes children should have access to a wide spectrum of literature and the creative arts. He writes with the intention of helping reluctant readers and underrepresented children “see themselves on the page.”

When he isn’t writing, he’s visiting schools, libraries, and book festivals or traveling in search of inspiration for his next book.

Kevin's Featured Titles


Roaring Brook Press |

A young child learns that even superheroes hurt too in this heartrending story about loss and love, written by debut author Kevin Johnson and illustrated by #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Kitt Thomas.

When a child loses the person in his life that he loves more than anything, he uses his cape as protection from his grief. On the day of the funeral, he uses it to block out the pictures and stories people share, refusing to acknowledge the memories that keep bubbling up. He won’t think about them. He doesn’t want to.

He avoids the memories, until he no longer can.

He remembers then. Their laugh, their smile, the moment they gave him the cape. The cape transforms, becoming a source of comfort and strength as the child navigates the sadness and joy that these memories bring up.

In Cape, Kevin Johnson has crafted an achingly beautiful and honest story about processing and redefining grief after the loss of a loved one. With evocative illustrations by New York Times bestselling artist Kitt Thomas (Stacey’s Extraordinary Words), Cape is a powerful, unforgettable, and necessary story.


Let's Get Graphic: Reaching the Reluctant Reader

In this talk, Kevin Johnson details his path from a reluctant reader to a critically-acclaimed author. He discusses how comics and graphic novels encouraged his path to read more and how educators and caregivers can help foster a love of reading in every child.


The Masterpiece of Mess

In this talk, Kevin Johnson discusses the direct correlation between personal vulnerability and moving fiction. Kevin dives into the deeply-personal origin of CAPE and details how perfectionism can be a hindrance to great art.


The Prize of Persistence

In this talk, Kevin Johnson chronicles his 27-year path to publishing. Discussing rejection, self-doubt, near-misses, disappointments, and resilience, Kevin offers hope and inspiration to aspiring storytellers to never give up on their publishing dreams.

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Honors, Awards & Recognition

Featured on NPR
3 Starred Reviews for CAPE (Kirkus, The Horn Book, BCCB)

Media clips

Media Kit

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