Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

Learn about the art of graphic novels, comics, illustration, and how games and gaming inspire creativity and social interaction!

 

Time:Saturday, June 23Sunday, June 24Monday, June 25
9:30am -
10:20am
SHOCK - AfterShock Comics presents its very first anthology collection 

The Clandestinauts: Comics & Games

The Representation Bookshelf: Helping Students Find Themselves in Comics

10:30am -
11:20am

Literary Comics to Build Your Collection

Diversity and inclusivity from the Perspective of Libraries/Publishing/Authors in the Industry

Fostering a Magic: The Gathering Community in Your Library

11:30am -
12:20pm
French Comics Kiss Better: Bande Dessinée 101

The Decade in Graphic Novels: Vera Brosgol and Ngozi Ukazu in Conversation

TOKYOPOP presents: International Women of Manga

12:30pm -
 1:20pm
Story of Life: Graphic Biographies and Autobiographies

Strong Female Protagonists: From Girl Power to Grown Women!

Nnedi Okorafor & Eric Battle: Bringing Ancient Arabia to Comics

1:30pm -
2:20pm
New Directions in Gender: Girl Town, Gumballs, Femme Magnifique

Who Brought All These Comics?

 

2:30pm -
3:20pm
DC Zoom (Middle Grade) and DC Ink (Young Adult) authors discuss their upcoming original graphic novels for DC Comics!

Children's Comics Crossing Continents

 

3:30pm -
4:20pm
Games 101--What are the different games, and how can I use them most effectively?IMAGE COMICS - SOUTHERN GOTHIC 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Saturday, June 23
 

SHOCK - AfterShock Comics presents its very first anthology collection.
Publisher: AfterShock

AfterShock Comics continues to push boundaries by presenting its very first anthology collection featuring Brian Azzarello, Marguerite Bennett, Cullen Bunn, Mike Carey, Andy Clarke, Sarah Delane, Aaron Douglas, Joe Eisma, Toni Fejzula, Francesco Francavilla, Neil Gaiman, Michael Gaydos, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Hester, Paul Jenkins, Szymon Kudranski, Laci, Leila Leiz, Travis Moore, Joe Pruett, Cliff Richards, Andrew Robinson, Will Sliney, Jim Starlin, Richard Starkings, Dalibor Taajic, Frank Tieri, Charles Vess, Bill Willingham, Michael Zulli and more! Cover by John Cassaday with Laura Martin! From the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated editor of the classic Negative Burn anthology series, Joe Pruett.


Literary Comics to Build Your Collection
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Join some of the comics medium’s most renowned publishers as they share new and perennial titles for your collections. We will discuss comics for adults and kids, as well as fiction and nonfiction. Emily Drew, Youth Materials selector for the New York public library and Brooklyn Public Library, will moderate a conversation between staff of publishing houses Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics, First Second, and Uncivilized Books, as well as the French Comics Association.

French Comics Kiss Better: Bande Dessinée 101
Publisher: the French Comics Association

Availability of translated European graphic novels/nonfiction has increased significantly in recent years, with genre diversity and literary, high-quality production to offer an excellent base for collection building. Come discover the beauty of bande dessinée (French comics), and learn about the rich Franco-Belgian artistic tradition, proven to translate into American reader favorites at any age, from Tintin to Persepolis to Valerian. Meet rising star creators with new releases, including Cati Bauer (Four Sisters), Aurélie Neyret (Cici's Journal), Barroux (Alpha), and Eve Tharlet (Mr. Badger & Mrs. Fox). Moderated by Meg Lemke, French Comics Association.

Story of Life: Graphic Biographies and Autobiographies
Publisher: Abrams Books

Graphic treatments of historical figures are a booming area of publishing, becoming ever more popular in schools and libraries. Simultaneously, memoirs of everyday lives continue to flourish in the comics scene, each book as unique as its creator. Creators in both genres are faced with the challenge: how to draw a life? This panel brings together creators behind new biographies of historical figures, including Thomas Campi, (Magritte and The Joe Schuster Story); Peter Tomasi (The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York), with artist-memoirists Ellen Forney (Rock Steady) and Benjamin Reiss (Super Tokyoland). Moderator: Candice Mack.

New Directions in Gender: Girl Town, Gumballs, Femme Magnifique
Publisher: IDW Publishing

GIRL TOWN collects the award-winning short comics of Carolyn Nowak (Lumberjanes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), powerfully exploring the spectrum of female friendship, desire, and self-discovery. GUMBALLS is the candy-colored one-man anthology of Erin Nations, spanning observational comedy, childhood memories, razor-sharp character studies, and honest reflections on his life as a transgender cartoonist. The FEMME MAGNIFIQUE anthology, edited by Shelly Bond, celebrates 50 magnificent women who’ve taken names, cracked ceilings, and changed the game in pop, politics, art, and science. Together they discuss the end of old pigeonholes and the birth of new possibilities for comics.

DC Zoom (Middle Grade) and DC Ink (Young Adult) authors discuss their upcoming original graphic novels for DC Comics!
Publisher: DC Entertainment

World-class Middle Grade and Young Adult authors Mariko Tamaki, Danielle Paige, Shea Fontana, Ridley Pearson, Kami Garcia, Meg Cabot, and Lauren Myracle discuss their exciting new graphic novels for DC Zoom and DC Ink. Topics of discussion will include writing graphic novels for diverse readers, writing DC characters and stories for a new generation, the cultural impact of their stories, and how graphic novels can be used as a medium for engaging young readers.

Games 101--What are the different games, and how can I use them most effectively?
Publisher: Diamond Comics; Paizo Inc.; Konami

You want to run games in your library. What are the different types of games? Which types are more suitable for which situations. Example: Collectible Card Games/Roleplaying Games/Board Games/Deck Building Games.
 

Sunday, June 24


The Clandestinauts: Comics & Games
Publisher: Uncivilized Books


Based on characters created during RPG gaming sessions, Tim Sievert’s Clandestinauts evokes fun evenings spent playing classic Dungeons & Dragons games. The Clandestinauts is a great example of the generative power of games to create engaging narratives. Tim Sievert is a cartoonist in Minneapolis. His first graphic novel, That Salty Air, was published by Top Shelf Productions in 2008. Tim is currently working on a graphic novel detailing the wonderful world of Bigfoot hunting. "Sievert builds a complex, Tolkienesque world, illustrated by cartoons as violent as Benjamin Marra’s and as silly as Sergio Aragonés’s."—Publishers Weekly.

Diversity and inclusivity from the Perspective of Libraries/Publishing/Authors in the Industry
Publisher: Lion Forge


In the age where the inclusion of positive representation for marginalized groups in all media has grown but the need has not diminished, how has the conversation of increasing diversity in literature changed? How has the ground that’s been covered changed the landscape?

The Decade in Graphic Novels: Vera Brosgol and Ngozi Ukazu in Conversation
Publisher: First Second Books

Over the past decade, the graphic novel publishing industry has undergone a revolution, with growth in kids and YA comics, increased diversification in the medium, and support and acceptance from librarians and educators everyone. Eisner Award and Caldecott Honor-winner Vera Brosgol (Be Prepared) and online comics superstar Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!) discuss their perceptions of the changing industry over the past decade with: 01 Editorial and Creative Director Mark Siegel. Sponsored by First Second Books.

Strong Female Protagonists: From Girl Power to Grown Women!
Publisher: The French Comics Association

What do we want? Strong, diverse female protagonists in comics! When do we want it? Now--and now's the time to meet these diverse creators of graphic novels, with books represented for readers young and old and young at heart. Including stories of adventure, romance, life transitions and challenges, and positive educational role models. Comics can take on all topics and from Smile to Ms. Marvel we see how women at the center of stories draws in readers. With Tee Franklin, Julie Rocheleau, Aurélie Neyret, and mother-daughter team Lucy & Liz Lareau! Moderator: Robin Brenner, librarian, and creator of No Flying, No Tights.

Who Brought All These Comics?
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Distribution

The best graphic novel publishers in the world keep attending ALA Annual, but have they ever sat down in the same place and talked about why libraries are so important to them? The last decade has seen a mutual love affair between libraries and comics blossom--it's high time that we talked about all those feelings in a public setting. And if it turns out we need to talk about the best of what we have coming, well, that'll make the afternoon that much more exciting! Featuring the good people of Iron Circus, Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, Uncivilized Press and Oni Press, this panel is where all the secrets will come out!

Children's Comics Crossing Continents
Publisher: Europe Comics

As more and more educators and parents are coming to see the superpowers of children’s graphic novels, there is an increasing need for stories from across the world, to help children discover other cultures and universes. An international lineup of children’s comics creators from three continents will discuss their latest books and the impact of their cultures and others on their overall work. With Eve Tharlet (Mr Badger & Mrs Fox; France), Berenika Kolomycka (Tiny Fox & Big Boar; Poland), Christian Cornia (Brina; Italy), Lorena Alvarez (Nightlights; Colombia) and Vera Brogsol (Be Prepared; USA). Moderated by Betsy Bird (Evaston Public Library).

IMAGE COMICS - SOUTHERN GOTHIC
Publisher: Image Comics

If the Spanish Moss is swinging in the night’s breeze; If the insects are buzzing balefully in the sultry heat of Summer; If that book you’re reading puts you in mind of a mint julep, then it must be Southern Gothic. Image Comics presents a discussion with genre luminaries Jason Latour of SOUTHERN BASTARDS and Ace Atkins of CROSSROAD BLUES. Join us as we examine how comics approach the American South.
 

Monday, June 25
 

The Representation Bookshelf: Helping Students Find Themselves in Comics
Publisher: Pop Culture Classroom

Students come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so why shouldn’t our comic heroes? This panel of industry professionals and educators will explore the ever-changing field of comics with a strong focus on how creators are (and should be) focusing on representing societal groups that have been underrepresented or misrepresented in the comics medium and why these changes are important in the classroom.

Fostering a Magic: The Gathering Community in Your Library
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast


Want to create exciting gaming programming in your library? Join our panelists as they discuss bringing people together through Magic: The Gathering, the fantasy card game that has inspired creativity and problem-solving for the last 25 years. Learn the basics of the game and get the free resources you need to run successful Magic events at your branch or school!

TOKYOPOP presents: International Women of Manga
Publisher: TOKYOPOP

Celebrating diversity in manga, join us in exploring five exciting original titles by diverse female manga creators from around the world, brought to the US market for the first time.

Titles from Ban Zarbo and Gin Zarbo from Switzerland, Nana Yaa from Germany, Natalia Batista from Sweden and Sophie-chan from Iraq (now residing in Canada) all come together to present a selection of genres and art styles influenced by their varied ethnic backgrounds. Join us for a signing with Natalia Batista (Sword Princess Amaltea) after the panel!

Nnedi Okorafor & Eric Battle: Bringing Ancient Arabia to Comics
Publisher: IDW Publishing


Nnedi Okorafor has won a plethora of awards for prose fiction (including the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award). Recently, she's begun to apply her talents to the field of comics, first with Marvel's Black Panther and now with the upcoming Antar: The Black Knight (IDW Publishing) with artist Eric Battle (Aquaman, The Harvester). Hear how they bring the astonishing true story of Ethiopian-Arabian warrior-poet Antar to thrilling new life.