Visiting Author for Schools: Stan Yan

Stan Yan

PLEASE NOTE: Stan has waived his usual speaking fee in lieu of a guarantee of 25 book sales. 

Flexible dates. (Please indicate your DATE and TIME OF DAY preference.)

Stan Yan

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Stan Yan is a Denver-based writer/illustrator, caricature artist and instructor. Growing up in Denver, Yan, a self-taught artist, went to school at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he got his bachelor’s degree in accounting, where Yan’s life took the tragic turn into sales for the securities industry, where he wallowed in ethical poverty on-and-off for thirteen years. Yan takes his frustrations out by penning graphic novels such as The Wang. In 2005, Yan gave up on financial security and become a full-time freelance cartoonist, illustrating SubCulture for Ape Entertaiment and Action Lab Danger Zone, creating comic strips for the financial and sales industry, drawing zombie caricatures, and picking up odd illustration and teaching jobs when folks are feeling agonizing pity for him. Stan teaches summer camps, after school programs, workshops, and helped to develop a degree program in graphic storytelling as an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Aurora. His recent credits include art and colors for Show Devils (Mother Mind Studios), writing and art for Vincent Price Presents (BlueWater Productions / Storm Comics), and writing and art for There’s a Zombie in the Basement (Squid Works Kids). But, he’s probably best known for doing zombie and pony caricatures. Upcoming projects include development of a graphic novel about his best friend’s battle with cancer. For more info about Stan, please visit him at, on Twitter at @stan_yan, and on Instagram at @zombicatures.

ABOUT THE BOOKThere’s a Zombie in the Basement
Milo won’t fall asleep because he thinks the monsters in the basement are gonna get him. And, if he can’t get to sleep, no one will. Mom and Dad better hope his wild imagination doesn’t get the best of him! For more information about the book, please visit:

Watch the book trailer!

Teaching Guide & Activity Kit!

PRAISE for There’s a Zombie in the Basement:

“If Dr. Seuss and Tim Burton got together to write a book, this would be it.” – Storytime Pup's Pick of the Month

 “This fun, rhyming book will entertain you and your children and might get your child to realize that those monsters may just be in their minds.” Bill McManus, Huffington Post

“…reads like a Dr. Seuss book…” – LitPick 5 Star Review Award

40-45 minutes (60, including book signing time) I will show up to your school to narrate my picture book, There’s a Zombie in the Basement, and do an interactive monster drawing demo. Stan can also do Skype visits if not in the immediate area (although signing books won't be possible.) 

Elementary School, grades K-5

50 - 150 students, segregated by grade is preferred.

For larger groups/spaces, a microphone with a mic stand and speakers, and a document camera with a projector and a projector screen or a VGA or HDMI connection for Stan’s iPad (please specify which is available). Stan’s iPad or your document camera is a device that allows what Stan is drawing while sitting at a table to be projected on a projection screen. If you don't have projection capabilities, please provide a standing easel with paper and markers or a large whiteboard and whiteboard markers (although this is less ideal for VERY large groups). If there is no document camera and Stan brings his iPad Pro. And a bottle of water.  

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Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees. 

Link to share with students and their families to order Stan's book: Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can check. DEADLINE: Online orders with SCHOOL PICK UP will only be available for one week after the school visit. Orders placed after that time will need to be picked up at one of our locations, or shipped.


There's a Zombie in the Basement Cover Image
ISBN: 9780975504130
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mascot Books - May 3rd, 2016