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The French Comics Association Heads to Washington, DC for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference

French Comics Association

The French Comics Association (FCA) is bringing their spring tour of acclaimed francophone graphic novelists, coming to Washington, D.C. for the 2019 American Library Association annual conference (ALAAC19), “the premier global library event.”

The French Comics Association will exhibit and give away books, with 4 artists signings daily at booth #3644 from June 21-24th, 2019.

Meet the creators at #ALAAC19, along with their French and North American publishers. Eight panel discussions will feature Francophone graphic novelists in conversation with critically acclaimed American cartoonists, such as Amy Chu, Jaime Hernandez, and Emily Whitten; industry experts including notable librarian Betsy Bird; and comics publishing specialists from France and American, such as Charlotte Moundlic, Thierry Laroche, Jérôme Baron, The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald, and others.

Every year, the translation rights for more than one hundred French comics are sold to American publishers.

The FCA is also an official 2019 sponsor of the ALA Eisner Reception (June 22nd).

The American Library Association’s Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants recognize the important role that Graphic Novel Librarians have played in the growth of the graphic novel in libraries. The reception celebrates the vision of Will Eisner, who championed the graphic novel and pioneered the graphic novel movement.

organizer John Shableski

THE FRENCH COMICS ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Book signings at all events & to follow panels—full signing schedule available on request.

Friday / June 21st

OPENING DAY

American Library Association Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

ALA Exhibit hours 5:30 – 7:30pm

Graphic Novel and Comics Roundtable Friday Forum:

So Many Comics, So Little Time!
12:20 – 1:45pm

How can you possibly keep track of all the titles coming out and all the topics they cover? In this session, you’ll spend time in small groups with creators and colleagues discussing titles that work for different social justice topics. After the session, all the titles will be combined into a totally excellent resource just for you! With Karim Friha

Free Public Event:

Drink & Draw with International Comics Artists
East City Bookshop / 645 Pennsylvania Ave SE
6 – 7:30pm

Featuring artists Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets: Is This How You See Me?) and Ezra Claytan Daniels (BTTM FDRS) from America; Karim Friha (Rise of the Zelphire) and Christophe Ferreira (Milo’s World) from France; Typex (Andy: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol) from Amsterdam; and Flavia Biondi (Generations) from Italy; with comics writer Wilfrid Lupano (Curtain Call) also on hand to sign! Select artists drawing onstage and all signing new release graphic novels. Stop by the store and pick up a pen (or just watch others and meet the creators), sip free wine, and meet other indie comics and bande dessinée (Franco-Belgian style comics) fans. Co-hosted with Fantagraphic Books and EuropeComics.

Saturday / June 22nd

American Library Association Exhibit Hours: 9am – 5pm

At #ALAAC19: Do it the French way. Stop by Booth #3644 for morning croissants and comics

Panels at the Graphic Novel and Gaming Stage:

Literary Comics Publisher Spotlight
10:30 – 11:20 am

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, with staff of publishing houses Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics, Uncivilized Books, Abrams, and the French Comics Association (Charlotte Moundlic).

French Comics Association Showcase
2:30 – 3:20pm

There’s a wealth of translated bande dessinée (Franco-Belgian graphic novels/nonfiction) available in recent years for library collections, from diverse genres, voices, and publishers. The French Comics Association showcase brings together renowned and star creators on tour from Europe, with new releases in English: Karim Friha, Wilfrid Lupano, Typex, Julia Billet, moderated by Meg Lemke, French Comics Association.


Graphic Novel and Comics Roundtable Panel:

Behind the Scenes: Creating a Diverse World of Comics
2:30 – 3:20pm

Join publishers and creators from around the world to learn about the routes graphic novels take to come to your attention and to your library. What makes up the process? How are editorial decisions made? How do publishers seek out and champion diverse voices in the medium? What role can librarians play and at which points? Attendees will learn about what happens behind the scenes in creating a graphic novel, the careful work of translating cultural context and languages, marketing, issues around censorship, and how to advocate for an inclusive, international collection. Featuring Thierry Laroche (Gallimard).

ALA Events:

ALA Graphic Novel and Comics Roundtable Breakfast
8 – 10:00 am

Eisner Graphic Novel Library Grants Reception
(invitation-only)
co-sponsored by the French Comics Association
6 – 8pm

Sunday / June 23rd

American Library Association Exhibit Hours: 9am – 5pm

At #ALAAC19: Do it the French way. Stop by Booth #3644 for morning croissants and comics.

Public Events:

Storytime: The Wolf in Underpants, with Wilfrid Lupano!
10:30 – 11:30
Solid State Books / 600 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Join French creator Lupano for a morning storytime at this lovely local DC store. “Young readers will howl for this tale that combines a timely, smart message alongside crowd-pleasing silliness.”—Kirkus Reviews

Create your Own Hero: Comics Character Design with Bande Dessinée Star Karim Friha!
11am-12:30pm
Bonjour Books / 3758 Howard Ave, Kensington, MD 20895

Youth aged 8-12 are invited to this special workshop with visiting French artist Karim Friha, creator of Rise of the Zelphire, a super-cool steampunk fantasy story about a group of young people with strange powers, newly translated to English by Lion Forge (originally in French from Gallimard). Friha will share how he sketches and creates characters, and help the young artists design their own heroes, and inspire them to dream up new, fantastical worlds. The artist will inscribe book copies at the end of the event! RSVP and pre-order of the English edition required (French editions of additional titles in the series will also be available for sale).

Panels at the Graphic Novel and Gaming Stage

European Comics: A Melting Pot
10:30 – 11:20am

AsterixTintinThe Smurfs and Persepolis are just some of the few that have made it across the Atlantic. But Europe’s comics heritage is much richer and varied, different in every country. As we stress on the importance of diversity and the need of different voices, Europe Comics presents a panel of award-winning European creators and their latest works. Featuring: Typex. Presented in coordination with EuropeComics.

Wordy to Wordless: How Comics Writers Adapt to Different Genres, Ages, and Artists
12:30 – 1:20pm

Comics scriptwriters creatively adapt their styles across publishers and partnerships, from realistic, to genres including crime/sci-fi/fantasy, to picturebooks, and even wordless narratives. What guides language choice, dialogue decisions, and pacing for comics writers depending on the age level and audience for a book? How do writers “write” a wordless script? How do they work in conversation with artists? A shop talk! Featuring: Amy Chu, Jaime Hernandez, Julia Billet, and Wilfrid Lupano, moderated by Heidi MacDonald.

Panels at the Pop Top Stage:

Middle Grade Graphic Novels: New Titles for Growing Readers!
2 –2:50pm

Middle Grade is a huge growth category for graphic novel publishing, and these books are popular and flexible for younger library patrons—from eager elementary readers, who are growing out of picturebooks and ready to jump to sophisticated topics, to older reluctant readers who find the appealing style and comfort level bringing them back to books.  From historical fiction to fantasy, these creators will showcase a breadth of genres in this popular category! Featuring: Karim Friha, Julia Billet, and Emily Whitten, moderated by Betsy Bird.

ALA EVENT:

Small Press Expo Meet-up at the French Comics Association booth!
3 – 4:30pm

Come learn about The Small Press Expo, headquartered in Bethesda, MD, and all they do for indie comics. Treats will be served and French comics will be signed…

FREE / PUBLIC EVENT:

French Comics Kiss Better: A Showcase of Contemporary Bande Dessinée Creators
5:30 – 7:30pm
Fantom Comics / 2010 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

This panel offers a rare opportunity to meet French and European artists on tour, who represent the contemporary bande dessinée (BD) scene. French comics are familiar American bestsellers, from Tintin to Persepolis to Valerian, but fans can discover the diversity in genres—from steampunk fantasy to crime fiction to graphic biography and historical fiction—and vibrant/sophisticated art styles from the next generation of creators who are “big in France.” This ultra-cool panel will be followed by a comics party with a cash bar! Featuring 2019 Eisner-Award nominee Wilfrid Lupano (Sea of Love and Curtain Call); Typex (Andy: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol); Julia Billet (Catherine’s War); and Karim Friha (Rise of the Zelphire).

Monday / June 25th

American Library Association Exhibit hours 9am – 2pm

Graphic Novel and Comics Roundtable Programming:

Exploring Trauma and Recovery through Comics
9 am – 10:00am

Trauma is life-changing, from living through the explosive conflict of a war zone to recovering from personal ordeals. Eyewitness accounts are particularly well evoked in the constraints and freedoms of a graphic narrative. This panel will draw together creators who can speak from their first-hand knowledge of violence and the work that goes into expressing a traumatic event in comics. Attendees will learn about expressing strong emotion and experiences graphically, the difficulties of first-person narration and reportage, and receive suggestions for their collections. Featuring: Julia Billet.

At the Graphic Novel and Gaming Stage:

BioGraphics: Reading Graphic Novel Biographies
11:30 am – 12:20pm

The virtues of graphic biographies are now recognized. Having two visions of a famous person’s life in one, that of the biographer and of the artist, adds even more nuance and depth to a person’s life story. It might also happen that we pick up a biography we wouldn’t usually be interested in, thanks to the appealing art. A panel of award-winning graphic biographers will discuss and present their works. Featuring: Typex.  Presented in coordination with EuropeComics.

ALA Event:

Meet-up with Pop Culture ClassroomGlobal Literature in Libraries Initiative, and French Comics Association!
11:30am – 1pm

Details TBA – watch our website! 
Educators, librarians, and anyone who wants to connect about comics and their academic potential are encouraged to RSVP for this ALA offsite meet-up with a “comics creator speed-dating” element. Coffee and treats will be served, and give-away comics will be available to participants!

SDCC 2018: Children’s Book Council Announces Programming

The Children’s Book Council (CBC) Graphic Novel Committee has announced their programming during San Diego Comic-Con. Educators, librarians, and media welcome with a Comic-Con badge. All others must register with San Diego Public Library.

The events take place Friday, July 20, from 10am to 6pm taking place at the San Diego Public Library, Central Library, 330 Park Blvd.All programs are in the Shiley Special Events Suite, 9th floor

Program Lineup
Graphic Novel Activities for the Library and Bookstore – 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.

Learn new ways to promote graphic novel literacy in your workplace with exciting activities and field-tested methods! From teaching comics workshops to activities based around specific graphic novels, like cosplay, this panel features: Liniers (Good Night, Planet), Ivy Noelle Weir and Steenz (Archival Quality), Veronica & Andy Fish (The Wendy Project, Gumby). Moderated by Robin Brenner (Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline). Sponsored by the CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Meet the Makers: Kids Comics Extravaganza – 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.

Join comic artists and writers Aron Steinke (Mr. Wolf’s Class), Jennifer Holm (Miss Communication: Babymouse Tales from the Locker), Jordan Crane (We Are All Me), Heidi Arnhold (Cottons) to learn the process of making a graphic novel. Moderated by Amie Wright (Library Manager, Edmonton Public Library).Sponsored by the CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Girl Power Comics: Middle Grade Fiction for Girls (and Boys) – 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.

The authors behind some of your favorite middle grade graphic fiction discuss creating stories with strong, positive female characters, and the importance of overcoming the lingering perception that comics are only for boys. Our panel features: Gigi Digi (Cucumber Quest: The Melody Kingdom), Molly Knox Ostertag (The Witch Boy), Yehudi Mercado (Sci-Fu), and Jennifer and Matt Holm (Miss Communication: Babymouse Tales from the Locker). Moderated by Candice Mack (2018 Eisner Awards Jury, Los Angeles Public Library). Sponsored by the CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Graphic Novel Adaptation: License to Thrill – 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.

Mariko Tamaki and Brooklyn Allen (Lumberjanes: The Moon is Up), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone: The Broken Vow, Uglies) and Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers) discuss the expectations, rewards, and challenges of adaptations; how prose and graphic formats can complement each other and change how the story is perceived; and the ways adaptations can be used in libraries and the classroom. Moderated by Alea Perez (2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens chair). Sponsored by the CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Trends in Graphic Novel Publishing – 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.

Kids graphic novels are the growth area in publishing today. They’re top-sellers at bookstores, circulate quickly in libraries and receive mainstream literary awards. But what comes next? Listen to publishing veterans Peggy Burns (Publisher, Drawn & Quarterly), Margot Wood (Director of Sales, Oni Press), Emily Meehan (Director, Disney Publishing Worldwide), and Gina Gagliano (Publishing Director, Random House Graphic) talk industry trends and describe the exciting future. Moderated by Carla Riemer (Librarian, Claremont Middle School). Sponsored by the CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Autobiography in Graphic Novels – 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.

Popular comic artists discuss creating autobiography and memoir in children’s graphic novels. Hear how these award-winning creators turned their experiences into comics in this in-depth conversation. Featuring Raina Telgemeier (Smile; Ghosts), Jarrett J Krosoczka (Hey, Kiddo), and Tillie Walden (Spinning). Moderated by Brigid Alverson (Publishers Weekly, Good Comics for Kids). Sponsored by the CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

LGBTQ Graphic Novels – 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.

Today’s most dynamic creators are in kid’s comics and they’re portraying queer characters in fresh ways. Join Aminder Dhaliwal (Woman World), Tillie Walden (Spinning), Chad Sell (The Cardboard Kingdom) and Molly Knox Ostertag (The Witch Boy) in their discussion of LGBTQ Graphic Novels for kids: from developing authentic stories, to comics as a safe space for all identities. Moderated by Katie Monnin (Pop Culture Classroom). Sponsored by the CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Handling Challenges: Bans and Challenges to Comics – 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.

Comics are uniquely vulnerable to challenges and bans, especially those for young readers. Learn what you can do if they’re challenged in your school or library from panelists: Gina Gagliano (Publishing Director, Random House Graphic), Chad Sell (The Cardboard Kingdom), Charles Kochman (Editorial Director, Abrams ComicArts), Candice Mack (2018 Eisner Awards Jury, Los Angeles Public Library). Moderated by Alea Perez (2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens chair). Sponsored by the CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Image Comics Heads to the American Library Association’s Annual Conference

Image Comics

Image Comics has announced the full lineup of events at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference this year from Friday, June 21-Monday, June 24 in Washington, DC.

This year represents our biggest and busiest ALA ever. Attending Image Comics all-stars will include, Nicholas Aflleje and Sarah DeLaineShae BeagleBrenden FletcherNathan FoxTee Franklin, and Sanford Greene for a full slate of panels and signings everyday.

Drop by booth #3833 to meet your favorite creators and pick up free single issues, ARCs, ribbons, and more, including a brand-new Librarian shirt, exclusive to ALA Annual 2019.

ALA Annual 2019 Full Image Comics Schedule:

FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019

GNCRT FRIDAY DISCUSSION FORUM: SO MANY COMICS, SO LITTLE TIME!
TIME: 12:20 PM 
 1:20 PM
LOCATION: Washington Convention Center, 152B

How can you possibly keep track of all the titles coming out and all the topics they cover? In this session, you’ll spend time in small groups with creators and colleagues discussing titles that work for different social justice topics. After the session, all the titles will be combined into a totally excellent resource just for you! PANELISTS: Jen Wang, Nicholas Aflleje, Sarah DeLaine, Jon Muth, Tini Howard, Karim Friha, and Gene Ha

MEET THE CREATOR: NATHAN FOX
TIME: 5:30 PM 
 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3833

Come meet comic artist Nathan Fox (THE WEATHERMAN) at the Image Comics booth (#3833) and get some swag and a free book signed or just stay and chat! If you’ve ever wanted to ask your favorite creators a question about their work and how it can fit in your library, now is your chance!
CREATOR: Nathan Fox

SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019

GNCRT COMICS BREAKFAST
TIME: 8:00 AM 
 10:00 AM
LOCATION: Renaissance, Grand Ballroom North

Wish you knew who to talk to when you have questions, suggestions, or critiques about comics in your library? Want to meet the people writing and drawing your branch’s most popular graphic novels? Come enjoy breakfast, coffee, and an informal meet and greet with your comics publishing representatives and creators. Hour 1 will be creators and librarians. Hour 2 will be publishing representatives and librarians.
CREATORS: Nathan Fox, Shae Beagle
PUBLISHING REP: Chloe Ramos-Peterson

MEET THE CREATORS: NICHOLAS AFLLEJE & SARAH DELAINE
TIME: 9:10 AM 
 10:10 AM
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3833

Come meet comic author Nicholas Aflleje (LITTLE GIRLS) and artist Sarah DeLaine (LITTLE GIRLS) at the Image Comics booth (#3833) and get some swag and a free book signed or just stay and chat! If you’ve ever wanted to ask your favorite creators a question about their work and how it can fit in your library, now is your chance!
CREATORS: Nicholas Aflleje, Sara DeLaine

MEET THE CREATOR: SANFORD GREENE
TIME: 10:20 AM 
 11:20 AM
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3833

Come meet comic artist Sanford Greene (BITTER ROOT) at the Image Comics booth (#3833) and get some swag and a free book signed or just stay and chat! If you’ve ever wanted to ask your favorite creators a question about their work and how it can fit in your library, now is your chance!
CREATOR: Sanford Greene

IMAGE COMICS COMPETITIVE DRAW
TIME: 11:30 AM 
 12:20 PM
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall – Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

Artists Sanford Greene, Nathan Fox, Sarah DeLaine, and a surprise guest play a live, high-stakes game of visual charades with YOU, the audience! The winning teams receive free swag and books for their libraries! ARTISTS: Sanford Greene, Nathan Fox, Sarah DeLaine, and Shae Beagle
REFEREE: Chloe Ramos-Peterson

MEET THE CREATOR: BRENDEN FLETCHER
TIME: 12:30 PM 
 1:30 PM
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3833

Come meet comic author Brenden Fletcher (ISOLA, MOTOR CRUSH) at the Image Comics booth (#3833) and get some swag and a free book signed or just stay and chat! If you’ve ever wanted to ask your favorite creators a question about their work and how it can fit in your library, now is your chance!
CREATOR: Brenden Fletcher

MEET THE CREATOR: NATHAN FOX
TIME: 1:40 PM 
 2:40 PM
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3833

Come meet comic artist Nathan Fox (THE WEATHERMAN) at the Image Comics booth (#3833) and get some swag and a free book signed or just stay and chat! If you’ve ever wanted to ask your favorite creators a question about their work and how it can fit in your library, now is your chance!
CREATOR: Nathan Fox

MEET THE CREATOR: TEE FRANKLIN
TIME: 2:50 PM 
 3:50 PM
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3833

Come meet comic author Tee Franklin (BINGO LOVE) at the Image Comics booth (#3833) and get some swag and a free book signed or just stay and chat! If you’ve ever wanted to ask your favorite creators a question about their work and how it can fit in your library, now is your chance!
CREATOR: Tee Franklin

MEET THE CREATOR: SHAE BEAGLE
TIME: 4:00 PM 
 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3833

Come meet comic artist Shae Beagle (MOONSTRUCK) at the Image Comics booth (#3833) and get some swag and a free book signed or just stay and chat! If you’ve ever wanted to ask your favorite creators a question about their work and how it can fit in your library, now is your chance!
CREATOR: Shae Beagle

WILL EISNER GRAPHIC NOVEL GRANTS FOR LIBRARIES RECEPTION
TIME: 6:30 PM 
 8:30 PM
LOCATION: Conrad – Grand D

The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries are presented to three libraries during the American Library Association’s annual Summer Conference. Join us for the award presentation ceremony and a short speech by artist and educator Nathan Fox (THE WEATHERMAN).
CREATOR: Nathan Fox

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019

YA AUTHOR COFFEE KLATCH
TIME: 8:30 AM 
 10:00 AM
LOCATION: Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom Salon 1-5

The Coffee Klatch is a ‘speed dating’ style event where authors sit at a table with 8 librarians and talk to them about upcoming projects. Every 4 minutes, organizers blow a whistle and creators move to another table.
CREATOR: Brenden Fletcher

MEET THE CREATOR: SANFORD GREENE
TIME: 9:00 AM 
 10:00 AM
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3833

Come meet comic artist Sanford Greene (BITTER ROOT) at the Image Comics booth (#3833) and get some swag and a free book signed or just stay and chat! If you’ve ever wanted to ask your favorite creators a question about their work and how it can fit in your library, now is your chance!
CREATOR: Sanford Greene

CHOOSING GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
TIME: 9:30 AM 
 10:20 AM
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall – Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

Creators will be talking about their experiences reading comics, how their audience effects what they create, and how librarians can make conscious decisions for their communities about graphic novels. Speakers include Tee Franklin (BINGO LOVE), Dr. Katie Monnin (Pop Culture Classroom), and others.
PANELISTS: Tee Franklin, Dr. Katie Monnin

MEET THE CREATOR: TEE FRANKLIN
TIME: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3833

Come meet comic author Tee Franklin (BINGO LOVE) at the Image Comics booth (#3833) and get some swag and a free book signed or just stay and chat! If you’ve ever wanted to ask your favorite creators a question about their work and how it can fit in your library, now is your chance!
CREATOR: Tee Franklin

IMAGE COMICS SUMMER SPECTACULAR
TIME: 11:30 AM 
 12:20 PM
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall – Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

Authors and artists give you the juiciest details on their current and upcoming projects! Sanford Greene (BITTER ROOT) has monstrous surprises in store; Brenden Fletcher (ISOLA) will take you to another world; Nicholas Aflleje and Sarah DeLaine (LITTLE GIRLS) are here to warn you that hyena’s are no laughing matter; and Nathan Fox (THE WEATHERMAN) forecasts that there’ll be no cooling off this summer with these hot titles!
PANELISTS: Sanford Greene, Nathan Fox, Nicholas Aflleje, Sarah DeLaine, and
Brenden Fletcher
MODERATOR: Chloe Ramos-Peterson

MEET THE CREATOR: NICHOLAS AFLLEJE & SARAH DELAINE
TIME: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3833

Come meet comic author Nicholas Aflleje (LITTLE GIRLS) and artist Sarah DeLaine (LITTLE GIRLS) at the Image Comics booth (#3833) and get some swag and a free book signed or just stay and chat! If you’ve ever wanted to ask your favorite creators a question about their work and how it can fit in your library, now is your chance!
CREATORS: Nicholas Aflleje, Sara DeLaine

ALL THE WAYS WE CAN BE: DECONSTRUCTING AND EXPANDING IDENTITY IN
COMICS NARRATIVE
TIME: 1:00 PM 
 2:00 PM
LOCATION: WCC Meeting Room – Room #206

Top Image Comics authors and artists discuss the broad spectrum of people in their stories and how they approach populating worlds as unique and varied in experience as their own. With an audience Q&A segment and a chance to win copies of all the titles discussed during our panel!
PANELISTS: Shae Beagle, Tee Franklin, Brenden Fletcher
MODERATOR: Chloe Ramos-Peterson

DISCUSSING SOCIAL ISSUES THROUGH SCI-FI COMICS
TIME: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
LOCATION: Marriott Marquis, Monument

Since Mary Shelley, science fiction has explored issues of identity, race, inequality, and injustice. Creators in this genre cross boundaries and break barriers. Attendees will hear about the creators and their work, understand the challenges of writing about complex social issues, learn approaches to collecting in the genre, and gain a broader understanding of science fiction that reflects today’scurrent issues.
PANELISTS: Ezra Daniels, Sanford Greene, Delilah Dawson, Greg Pak

MEET THE CREATOR: BRENDEN FLETCHER
TIME: 3:00 PM 
 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3833

Come meet comic author Brenden Fletcher (ISOLA, MOTOR CRUSH) at the Image Comics booth (#3833) and get some swag and a free book signed or just stay and chat! If you’ve ever wanted to ask your favorite creators a question about their work and how it can fit in your library, now is your chance!
CREATOR: Brenden Fletcher

MEET THE CREATOR: SHAE BEAGLE
TIME: 4:00 PM 
 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3833

Come meet comic artist Shae Beagle (MOONSTRUCK) at the Image Comics booth (#3833) and get some swag and a free book signed or just stay and chat! If you’ve ever wanted to ask your favorite creators a question about their work and how it can fit in your library, now is your chance!
CREATOR: Shae Beagle

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

CHILDREN’S PLUS CREATOR SIGNING: SHAE BEAGLE
TIME: 10:00 AM 
 11:00 AM
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall – Booth 1249

Visit the Children’s Plus, Inc. booth to meet superstar artist Shae Beagle and pick up a signed copy of the hit YA comic MOONSTRUCK, from Image Comics!
CREATOR: Shae Beagle

Denver Comic Con at War. The Details and the Facts.

DCC-infographic2A war has exploded over the Denver Comic Con with accusations flying back and forth. Co-founders Charlie La Greca and Frank Romero are no longer associated with the show after they say they’ve been ousted by the board of directors. Denver Comic Con is associated with The Comic Book Classroom, a non-profit engaging with children and educating them about the comic book form.

A website, SaveDenverComicCon.com, has been set up and makes the following claims as summed up by Bleeding Cool:

  • Not seeing any educational events conducted by Comic Book Classroom since last year’s convention, which he called “very unhealthy.”
  • “Allegedly up to $300,000 in revenues from the 2013 DCC alone, that remain unaccounted for, and some of which appear to be funneled towards high profile legal posturing.”
  • All mentions of Romero — who resigned from the DCC board — and La Greca appearing to have been removed from the Comic Book Classroom and DCC websites, despite being both organizations’ sole co-founders. “It is one thing to feel as though founders are being forced out from an organization, it’s another to perhaps claim ownership and rewrite history.”
  • The way various people associated with the DCC, who helped found and build it, have apparently been treated and dismissed. “These are not ‘growing pains.’ These are seemingly questionable steps by the Board of Directors, leaps away from the core values of CBC and DCC,” La Greca said.

The Comic Book Classroom/Denver Comic Con responded to accusations in a release to Bleeding Cool:

Comic Book Classroom (CBC) and its major funding program, Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference (DCC) remains true to its not-for-profit mission of children’s literacy.

Prior to the 2013 con, Charlie LaGreca, one of the six co-founders of CBC and DCC, (the other founders are Christina Angel, Illya Kowalchuk, Bruce MacIntosh, Frank Romero and Michael Newman) took a paid contract position with the organization.

As was discussed at length with Charlie, the bylaws of the non-profit necessitated that in order to draw a salary he would need to step down from the board—as he agreed. Another founder, Frank Romero, stepped down from the board for personal reasons in January 2014. The rest of the founders continue to work tirelessly towards the mission of children’s literacy—sometimes up to 80 (unpaid) hours per week in these months leading up to the con.

Charlie was paid $10,000, and was the only founding member who was paid. After the 2013 con, Charlie’s contract was not renewed. In the months following the convention, CBC and Charlie went to a number of mediation meetings. And therefore his nonparticipation has never been in question. We deeply regret that the matter has jumped from mediation to the court of public opinion.

Allegations of misuse of funds are wholly untrue. As an applicant for 501(c)3 status, CBC’s financial statements are a matter of public record; the 2012 990 form is on file with the IRS, and when the fiscal year 2013 records are completed they will be filed and will also be publicly available as a matter of course.

The organizational structure that is being built around one of the nation’s largest conventions is a result of its success and popularity. We’re expecting 75,000 attendees this year; we’re planning more than 300 hours of educational programming and have dozens of comic creators and celebrity guests. Since the 2013 con, CBC has invested in the development of more mature processes and policies and staff to ensure there’s a CBC that lives beyond any of its founders.

Every hour and every dollar spend by CBC goes towards securing the non-profit mission. There have been a number of developments on the classroom front since the 2013 convention:

• There is currently a CBC class in session at Sanchez Elementary in Lafayette, Colo.

• CBC is working with the City and County of Denver to integrate the curriculum to the Youth One Book One Denver Project, a program that involves approximately 2,500 kids.

• CBC is working with Platte Forum to teach high school students that are at-risk but showing promise the curriculum. They in turn will teach it to younger kids.

• CBC recently wrote a grant with The Conflict Center to execute programming at Sims-Fayola International Academy in the aim of authoring comic books to develop emotional intelligence and critical decision making as those relate to being an adolescent male.

• Additionally, CBC staff are currently planning dozens of hours and specific programs designed around children’s literacy at its largest annual program, Denver Comic Con.

As the curriculum and materials are rebranded to adhere to legal and education standards, classroom activities will see an uptick in the summer of 2014.

Additionally, it’s because of its fiscal responsibility that CBC is positioned for growth in 2014 and beyond. The future plans for the organization include multiple curricular sets being widely available to educators, a YouTube instructional channel, a scholarly conference to be held concurrent to DCC and eventually, its own physical classroom space.

CBC encourages anyone who believes its mission isn’t being tended to carefully enough to volunteer. As a non-profit, we’re only as good as the people who stand with us to provide children’s programming at the convention—including activities in the Kids’ Corral—and the teachers, educators and administrators that apply their many talents to the CBC curriculum.

Thank you for your continued support.

I decided to take the CBC up on their challenge and looked into their IRS filing for 2012 which runs from the tax year beginning August 1, 2011 to July 31, 2012. The form has total revenue of $184,702, of which $2,302 was from contributions and grants and $182,400 from “other revenue.” Total expenses are lists at $9,370 leaving them a total of assets at $175,332.

Listed in the form is the Denver Comic Con’s expenses at $304,943 with a revenue of $486,366 and The Rocky Mountain Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels which cost $5,285 and brought in $8,564.

Other expenses included $10,125 for compensation for six staffers including La Greca listed as “Vice President” as well as two Directors, one Director of Registration and one Secretary, each listed as working four “average hours per week.” There were other expenses including legal, advertising, occupancy, travel, insurance, depreciation, books/subscriptions, supplies and a website which all cost $9,370.

Go through all of that and the end of the year funds resulted in $175,332.

Missing from the form was any mention of expenses towards education initiatives. We are waiting for the 2013 filing which will be done some time this year.

You can see the full pdf of the filing below. I think this unfortunate situation highlights the abuse of the non-profit system by conventions. We as a site call for the IRS and local authorities to do a better job into looking into these abuses to truly figure out which are non-profit, and benefiting society, and which are clearly for profit and only benefiting themselves.

Lion Forge Announces their San Diego Comic-Con Programming Schedule

With just over a week before thousands of fans again descend upon the San Diego Convention Center and surrounding Gaslamp District, the St. Louis publisher Lion Forge Comics known for their promise of “Comics for Everyone” announces four different panels for San Diego Comic Con to appeal to multiple aspects of fandom!

The Lion Forge 2017 programming schedule kicks off on Thursday, and continues throughout the weekend!

The European Comics Wave
Thursday, 7/20/17, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Room: 29AB

Description: Many readers are used to American comics being formatted a certain way. But all over the world the comic making standards differs from country to country. We’ll talk about the BD (Bandes Dessinees) format with a panel of publishers and creators as well as discuss the exciting wave of European comics being brought over to America.

 

Using comics support different learning styles in the classroom
Friday, 7/21/17, 10:00am – 11:00am, Room: Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Public Library

Description: A discussion about the benefits of using comics in the classroom to address the educational needs of differentiated learners. As school’s struggle to ensure that students are not left behind in the learning process and to extend curriculum to challenge more advanced students, educators must adapt their classroom to the developing needs of their students. Join us as we talk about visual literacy and the advantages of using sequential art to help connect with students and convey difficult concepts with ease.

 

Lion Forge comics panel: Hear the Lion’s Roar
Friday, 7/21/17, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Room: 8

DESCRIPTION: Growth and change in 2016 catapulted Lion Forge/Roar Comics onto comics’ center stage. Join Lion Forge along with special guest writers and artist as they give a detailed peek at what Lion Forge has planned for 2017 as well as glimpse of what’s to come in 2018.

 

A conversation About Inclusivity/Diversity in Comics and the Comics Market
Sunday, 7/23/17, 11:30am – 12:30pm, Room: 8

DESCRIPTION: Come hear a diverse mix of creators and book sellers have a discussion on diverse characters in comics, finding and audience for them as well as the impact the push for inclusiveness has had on the comics both creatively and financially.

Small Press Expo Announces the Debut Comics Making Their Way to the Show

Small Press Expo has announced that nearly 200 books and comics will debut at the 2018 festival. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

A complete list of debuts, including cover images and publishing information, can be found on the SPX web site.

SPX 2018 is proud to list a highlighted selection of books debuting this year:

Bastard

After taking part in a historic heist — 52 simultaneous robberies at the same time, in the same city — May and Eugene are now on the run not only from the law and double-crossed former accomplices, but also their violent past. In a surprising twist, these criminals are the unlikely pairing of a young mother and her preteen son. Thus begins the intense, yet touching, Bastard, Max de RadiguèsFantagraphics debut.

The Nib Magazine #1

Acclaimed daily comic publisher focusing on current events, The Nib is launching their first ever printed works. With brand-new, original comics from over 20 top-notch artists, the Death issue shares intimate personal stories, dark humor and thought-provoking reporting on the facts of life and death. Compiled and edited by The Nib‘s Matt Bors

Space Academy 123

Surviving school is tough; now imagine peer pressure and midterms while hurtling through the vacuum of space. Mickey Zacchilli blends Starfleet with Degrassi to make a classroom saga that recalls manga, Sunday funnies and composition book epics scrawled while ignoring the periodic table.

Blame This on the Boogie

Blame this on the Boogie chronicles the adventures of a Filipino American girl born in the decade of disco who escapes life’s hardships and mundanity through the genre’s feel good song and dance numbers. Rina Ayuyang explores how the glowing charm of the silver screen can transform one’s reality, shaping their approach to childhood, relationships, sports, reality TV, and eventually politics, parenthood, and mortality.

120 Project Anthology

A collection of short stories by writers and artists from across the country, this timely and punchy anthology explores contemporary issues, conflicts, and dialogues about race, gender, politics, diversity, discrimination, equality, activism, police brutality, free speech, family values, protest, immigration, bans, legislation, fear, hope, dreams, and current American reality. All contributors lent their time and artistry to this endeavor, and all proceeds will go to the ACLU. Edited by Oliver Mertz and Sarah Beth Oppenheim.

Homebody

New from Ignatz-nominated cartoonist, Richie Pope. A recluse takes a tour of brand new luxury apartments with the help of The Manager to escape her monotonous life and the disturbing memory of a recent event that happened in her own apartment complex.

The Secret Voice Vol. 1

The first chapter in a grand fantasy epic filled with psychic warrior monks, magic battles, monsters, and romance from the mind of Zack Soto. Doctor Galapagos, famed warrior-monk and agent of the ineffable Red College, is on a desperate mission to unite the realms of magic and man in a last-ditch effort to stop the seemingly invincible forces of the Smog Emperor.

SDCC 2018: Lion Forge Announces its Exclusives and More

One week ahead of the opening of the exhibit hall at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Lion Forge has revealed a full slate of signings, giveaways, and exclusive variants available at booth #5543.

Throughout the weekend, and while supplies last, Lion Forge will offer fans two exclusive variant covers for $15:

Voltron Legendary Defender Vol. 3 No. 1 by Keezy Young (Limited to 400)

Superb Vol. 3 No. 1 by Anthony Piper (Limited to 400)

Fans will get ultiple chances to get these special Comic-Con exclusives signed throughout the show, with days and times outlined below:

Thursday, July 19
1:00–2:00 p.m.: David Walker, Superb

Friday, July 20
12:00–1:00 p.m.: Tim Hedrick & Mitch Iverson, Voltron Legendary Defender
2:00–3:00 p.m.: David Walker, Superb

Saturday, July 21
2:00–3:00 p.m.: Tim Hedrick & Mitch Iverson, Voltron Legendary Defender

In addition, Lion Forge will launch its new gaming imprint, Quillion, with a special free issue of the flagship publication Rolled & Told, available in the Lion Forge booth throughout the show (while supplies last).

For those looking to learn more about the publisher’s plans for this new hybrid of comics and gaming, join them at a special panel presentation on Thursday evening!

Representation in Gaming: From the Comic Shop to the Tabletop
Thursday, July 19, 7:00–8:00 p.m., Room: 32AB
Tabletop role-playing has been a staple in the nerd community, but it’s found a resurgence with podcasts like The Adventure Zone and Critical Role. Now, Lion Forge brings readers the perfect combination between a tabletop RPG magazine and a comic anthology with Rolled & Told, a monthly periodical that offers casual gamers fun-filled adventure modules, comics, art, and so much more. Join D20 Dames co-host Jen Vaughn and Lion Forge associate editor Christina “Steenz” Stewart, alongside artists Max Bare and Shing Yin Khor, and writer Josh Trujillo as we discuss where the tabletop gaming industry is going and how inclusive we can continue to make it! Attendees will receive a special exclusive Quillion dice bag (while supplies last)!

Additional Lion Forge–related programming outlined below!

Indie Creators: What’s Next? 
Friday, July 20, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Room: 4

The Antidote Trust (TAT), a collective of indie creators, presents a roundtable discussion with industry professionals on independent creators and career development strategies they can use to further hone their skills and position themselves to take that all-important next step forward. Moderator Barbara Kesel (editor, DC/Crossgen; writer, ShadowzoneMine!) will explore what hiring professionals are specifically seeking in independents with Karen Kirkland (creative strategist and founder of The Breakk, VP of talent development, Nickelodeon),Ashley Woods (Artist, Lady Castle, Boom Studios; Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade, Dark Horse Comics),Geoff Gerber (president, Lion Forge Comics—Lighter Than My Shadow, Amazon’s Best Graphic Novel of 2017), Quinn McGowan (creator, Project: Wildfire; artist, Menthu: The Anger of Angels), and TAT co-founder Robert Roach (creator, Menthu: The Anger of Angels; storyboard artist, Insomnia; concept illustrator, Lion: Origin of the Wailers).

Diversity and Inclusivity from the Perspective of Libraries/Publishing/Authors in the Industry
Friday, July 20, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Room: 8

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? Join Lion Forge’s associate editor Christina “Steenz” Stewart and senior editor Amanda Meadows, alongside a panel of industry experts, including award-winning filmmaker and writer Che Grayson, teen librarian Kathryn Kania, Eisner Award–winning retailer Jenn Haines, and nonbinary cartoonist and creator of Genderqueer: A MemoirMaia Kobabe, for a discussion on how to truly produce “comics for everyone.”

Roaring into Adulthood: Young Adult and Middle Grade Comics in the Classroom and Beyond
Saturday, July 21, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Room: Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

Lion Forge believes in publishing comic books for every reader at every age with stories to reflect the world at large. Middle grade and young adult fiction are the two fastest-growing categories in bookstores around the world, and the company’s Caracal and Roar imprints offer countless comic book tales in every genre for children, teens, and adults alike. The panel will discuss a broad range of titles from Lion Forge and other publishers, and offer librarians and educators expert advice on how to incorporate these books into schools, libraries, and living rooms. Join Lion Forge director of education outreach and collections, Jill Gerber, Lion Forge editors Jasmine Amiri and Carol Burrell, writers Rodney Barnes, Samuel Sattin, and David Walker, and Eisner Award–winning comic retailer and educator Jenn Haines for a discussion on how comics can be used as tools for education as well as entertainment.

Comics for Impact: Changing the World with Words and Pictures 
Saturday, July 21, 4:00–5:00 p.m., Room: Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

Comics for Impact and Social Good—Find out how comics educate, change attitudes, and otherwise make a difference by, among other things, depicting persons with disabilities in a different light, raising funds for charitable causes, providing a tribute for victims of hate crimes, and fighting for international human rights in a presentation and Q&A with panelists Geoff Gerber (president of Lion Forge), Kelley Allen (director of books at Humble Bundle), Sarah Gaydos (Love Is Love), and Josh Elder (executive director of Reading With Pictures) with moderator Russell Shilling (senior innovation fellow at Digital Promise).

Lion Forge’s “Comics for Everyone” Fall 2018 Preview 
Sunday, July 22, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Room: 8

Lion Forge Comics strives to publish comics that everyone, regardless of background, ethnicity, or gender identification can connect with. With multiple imprints, including an entire line of books for younger readers, and one of the most diverse superhero universes in comics history, the St. Louis publisher makes good on that promise every Wednesday. Lion Forge senior publicist Jeremy Atkins and senior editor Amanda Meadows give attendees an exclusive look at what’s to come from Lion Forge this fall and are joined by a cast of the industry’s top talent and a special surprise guest for an exclusive announcement that will echo throughout the San Diego Convention Center!

BOOM! Studios Returns to the Mile-High City for Denver Comic Con

BOOM! Studios has announced it will exhibit at the sixth annual Denver Comic Con, which will take place at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, during the weekend of June 30 – July 2. The publisher will set up at booth #1146.

At Denver Comic Con, BOOM! Studios will have limited quantities available for purchase of two con exclusive variant covers for the Lumberjanes 2017 Special: Faire and Square (cover by Carolyn Nowak) and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #15 (cover by Jamal Campbell). In addition, creators Sam Sykes (writer, Brave Chef Brianna), Kyle Higgins (writer, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and Jamal Campbell (cover artist, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) will be headquartered at the BOOM! Studios booth all weekend.

Other BOOM! Studios creators attending Denver Comic Con include Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle), Ian McGinty (Adventure Time), Jim Campbell (Over the Garden Wall), Carolyn Nowak (Lumberjanes), and Frank Cho (Skybourne).

Denver Comic Con (DCC) is a 3-day, family-friendly pop culture fan extravaganza, featuring the best in pop culture entertainment. DCC is a program of the Colorado nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom, whose mission is to inspire a love of learning, to increase literacy, celebrate diversity and build community through pop culture education. The proceeds from this annual event benefit Pop Culture Classroom’s overall educational endeavors.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2014: Welcome Christina Blanch, Norman Lee, and Pop Mhan!

charliewormwoodThe Baltimore Comic-Con‘s inaugural 3-day event takes place on FridaySunday, September 5-7, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center! They have announced the addition of Christina Blanch, Norman Lee, and Pop Mhan!

Christina Blanch came to comics via education — she is a teacher who found the medium geared for the classroom and one-on-one instruction. She has taught on college campuses, in the correctional system, and in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) such as “Gender Through Comic Books”. Her Thrillbent Comics title The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood is making the transition to print through Dynamite Entertainment.

ironmanNorman Lee went to school for fashion illustration. After experiencing some burnout in that field, he began helping a friend in the comics industry in 1995 with backgrounds, and his career as an inker was underway! He spent most of his professional life working for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse Comics, and has inked pretty much every major character in the Marvel Universe! His lines can be seen in the recent Iron Man Special #1 from Marvel Comics.

spidermanPop Mhan was lucky enough to get his jump into the comics industry under the tutelage of Jim Lee at Wildstorm Productions. Since those early days, his art has graced the pages of comics from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Top Cow, Dark Horse Comics, and Tokyopop. His recent work can be seen at DC Comics, where he has been penciling licensed properties like Gears of War 3 and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and Marvel Comics on All-New X-Factor and variant covers for Amazing Spider-Man.

The Baltimore Comic-Con will be held Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is located immediately across the street from the historic Camden Yards sports complex (which includes Oriole Park and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum). Tickets, a full guest roster, and additional information is available on the convention’s website.

Smudge Comics Art Expo 2014, Virginia and DC’s Newest Comic Show!

Taking place on March 8, Smudge Comics Art Expo is the newest comic convention in the Washington, DC area. The show took place in Arlington, Virginia at the Artisphere an arts venue that Arlington hasn’t quite figured out what to do with. I’ve never been to the facility, though I live in walking distance, but I felt that it was a good opportunity to check it out, as well as the show.

First, the venue is fantastic. Located close to the metro, it’s convenient for anyone to get to. The staff was beyond enthusiastic, showing an appreciation for the event taking place. There’s numerous art galleries allowing folks attending the show the ability to check out some fine art too. The space has theaters and classrooms, allowing a show like Smudge to not only have vendors, but also put on various classes, something the show did. I’d love to see more comic related events at the space, it seems like it’s something they’d not only enjoy, but they’d be excited for as well.

The show itself was small, something I expected the first time. With about 44 creators showing off their comics and more, the layout was a bit odd with a main entrance space and a dozen tables, then a larger space and another 20 something spaces. There was then a balcony and about 8 folks there. I’m not quite sure what I’d do different, and not knowing the full layout of the facility, it’s hard to fault the show creators for how they used the space.

The creators were very independent, and some I recognized from past shows I attended. Much of the material sold seemed to be more mature, which was the downside, because a lot of those in attendance were kids. And there were a lot of classroom events that were geared towards kids as well. So, in the future a better balance of material for them would be nice. There was things for them, but there was a lot of material there that’d be a bit hard to explain as a parent.

Throughout the show there was music playing and classes about how to make comics, or webcomics, or about editorial cartooning. There was also a nice area for kids to be creative and create comics from existing materials. Overall, there were a lot of kids, which is fantastic to see.

The two big pickups for me was a female empowerment comic called Penny & Angie by T Campbell and Gisele Lagace and an 8 page preview of BOOM!’s upcoming BOOM! Box comic Lumberjanes (a series I’m looking forward to).

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For a first year, FREE show, it was quite worth checking out. I can’t wait to see how the show grows next year (crossing my fingers there is one). It’d be great to see more mini shows at this location showing off the local comic scene. Overall, this was a great start.

Check out some photos of the show I took below:

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