Don Wood: Taking Us Into the Volcano

By Zack Smith


Ever wonder what it would be like to venture inside a volcano? Don Wood has done more than just wonder. He’s done it many times…and created an all-ages graphic novel about it.

Into the Volcano, released through Scholastic, is the story of Duffy and Sumo, two young brothers who are mysteriously sent on a trip to their relatives’ in Kocalaha, Hawaii. Once there, they learn about the native culture while becoming involved in an increasingly dangerous adventure.

The book marks the first foray into graphic novels for Wood, a Caldecott Honor illustrator of many children’s books. And for him, getting into graphic novels represents the fulfillment of a life-long dream. We called Wood up at his home in Hawaii – under some pretty exotic circumstances, as you’ll later find out – to chat about his love of comics…and volcanoes.

Read the full interview here!

Published by Zack

Zack Smith is a writer and journalist. He has written for such web sites and publications as, the Independent Weekly of Durham NC, Triangle Business Journal, Comic Book Resources and the Lynchburg News and Advance. He has a Master's in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and a degree in English with minors in Film Studies and Creative Writing from NC State University. He also writes children's books.

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