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BOOM! Studios Heads to the 2020 ALA Midwinter Conference

BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has announced they’re heading to the 2020 ALA Midwinter Conference and Exhibition from January 24-28, 2020 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. The publisher, home to award-winning imprints BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia, will host panels and signings throughout the weekend.

The award-winning publisher will return with a curated booth (#1633) environment and an exclusive limited edition Lumberjanes-themed tote bag, as well as special advance readers copies and chapbooks of hotly anticipated graphic novels including b.b free by Gabby Rivera and Royal Dunlap, An Ember in the Ashes: A Thief Among the Trees by Sabaa Tahir, Nicole Andelfinger, and Sonia Liao, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Ryan Parrott and Simone di Meo, Once & Future by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain, and Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera.

Throughout the weekend, attendees will also have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the writers behind some of the most anticipated graphic fiction of 2020 during signing events with:

  • Sabaa Tahir, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series An Ember in the Ashes.
  • Kieron Gillen, co-creator of Once & Future with BOOM! Studios, and co-creator of hit books such as The Wicked + The Divine, Die, and Phonogram with Image Comics.
  • James Tynion IV, comic book writer best known for GLAAD Media Award-winning series The Woods with Michael Dialynas, The Backstagers with Rian Sygh, and Something is Killing the Children with Werther Dell’Edera at BOOM! Studios.

Visit the award-winning publisher’s booth for the exclusive chance to meet your favorite creators. Fans will have the opportunity to get exclusive merchandise signed by these BOOM! Studios special guests. Schedule below:

Friday, January 24
7:00-9:00PM     BOOM! Studios Signing with Kieron Gillen and James Tynion IV at Brave New Worlds comics bookstore (55 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106)

Saturday, January 25
8:00AM-10:00AM     GNCRT Coffee & Comics: Sabaa Tahir
11:00AM-12:00PM     Meet the Author: Kieron Gillen
1:00PM – 1:50PM     BOOM! Studios Panel: Creating Bold New Worlds (PopTop Stage) featuring Sabaa Tahir, Kieron Gillen & James Tynion IV
2:00PM-3:00PM     Meet the Author: Sabaa Tahir
3:30PM-4:30PM     Meet the Author: James Tynion IV

Sunday, January 26
11:00AM-12:00PM     Meet the Author: James Tynion IV
1:00PM-2:00PM     Meet the Author: Sabaa Tahir
3:00PM-4:00PM     Meet the Author: Kieron Gillen

In addition to visiting the booth for signings and giveaways, everyone is invited to attend an exciting new panel, CREATING BOLD NEW WORLDS, hosted by BOOM! Studios, and meet bestselling author Sabaa Tahir at Coffee & Comics, a ticketed event hosted by the ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable . Full details below:

Saturday, January 25
GNCRT Coffee & Comics
(8:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Room 103-A)

Join BOOM! Studios and bestselling author Sabaa Tahir at the Midwinter Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table Comics Breakfast! Whether you are new to comics in libraries or a veteran of the “comic books are real books” fight, the GNCRT is here now to connect you to resources and other library folks with similar interests. Come socialize, eat some breakfast, drink some coffee, and connect with comics publishing representatives and creators. This is a ticketed event.

BOOM! Studios: Creating Bold New Worlds 
(1:00 – 1:50 PM, PopTop Stage)
Join acclaimed authors Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes), Kieron Gillen (Once & Future) and James Tynion (Something is Killing the Children) for an in-depth discussion about what it takes to create exciting new worlds in fantasy, science fiction, action and more than reflect the world outside your window. Moderated by Spencer Simpson (Sales Manager, BOOM! Studios).

All fans, including ALA Midwinter attendees, will also get the chance to meet Kieron Gillen and James Tynion IV at a special offsite BOOM! Studios signing event at Brave New Worlds (55 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106) on Friday, January 24, from 7-9PM. 

Image and the American Library Association Team Up for Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

Image Comics is celebrating Banned Books Week with the ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table and the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table by producing a week of Library Livestream webinars featuring creators and librarians in conversation on a number of pressing topics.

Libraries around the country are invited to welcome their patrons for these exciting creator conversations during Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read. 

The webinars are scheduled daily during Banned Books Week – September 23–27 at 12 pm CT (1 pm ET / 10 am PT) and will be hosted on the Zoom platform and live-streamed to the American Library Association YouTube channel.


Andre R. Frattino (SIMON SAYS) and Sanford Green (BITTER ROOT) in conversation with Dr. Katie Monnin (Author of 8 books on teaching graphic novels, Why so serious? Productions Founder) about banned voices throughout history.

Sloane Leong (PRISM STALKER) and Henry Barajas (VOZ DE M.A.Y.O. TATA RAMBO) in conversation with Alea Perez (GNCRT President-Elect) about banned people, the legacy of colonialism in literature and popular culture, and the rise of post-colonial voices.

Ronald Wimberly (BLACK HISTORY IN ITS OWN WORDS) and Nate Powell (MARCH) in conversation with Scott Bonner (IFRT, Ferguson Municipal Public Library Director) about the role of censorship in civil rights movements, and how their comics address legacies of erasure.

Michelle Perez (THE PERVERT) and Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK) in conversation with Monica Barette (Principal Librarian at Chula Vista Library) about the disproportionately high incidence of bans and challenges levied against LGBTQ+ books and programs in libraries.

David F. Walker (BITTER ROOT) in conversation with Ray James (IFRT Coalition Building Committee) about how privatization impacts access, particularly as it relates to prison libraries. This discussion will also touch on gatekeeping and biases.

Comic Creators Want You to Sign Up for the Library during Library Card Sign-Up Month

Steenz Library Card

The American Library Association’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is partnering with comic creators in support of Library Card Sign-Up Month in September.

For the month of September, the GNCRT will be featuring a new creator each day posing with their library card. Showcasing comic creators in this #GetLibraryCarded campaign spotlights the mutually beneficial relationship between creators and libraries in support of literacy, intellectual freedom, and creative expression – we are stronger together. 

This is the first advocacy campaign of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table. The GNCRT coordinates ongoing advocacy and outreach at several national comic conventions including hosting professional development sessions and booth or pop-up libraries including at Comic-Con International: San Diego, C2E2 and New York Comic-Con. The GNCRT is committed to professional development within librarianship – and committed to public outreach and advocacy around comics and graphic novels and comics readership at all levels.

Follow @libcomix and @ALALibrary on Twitter to see your favorite comics creators #GetLibraryCarded! Participating creators include writer/artist Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, Marvel Knights, Painkiller Jane), cartoonist Dav Pilkey (Dog Man, Captain Underpants), artist/editor Christina “Steenz” Stewart (Archival Quality, Rolled & Told), and writer Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass, The Magicians: Alice’s Story), and more.

ALA 2019: DC Reveals a Massive Slate of Graphic Novels Geared Towards Young Adults and Middle Grade Readers Releasing Through 2021

The 2019 convention for the American Library Association (ALA) kicked off with huge news that DC was consolidating its line under three “brands.” That left many to wonder about the future of the DC Zoom and DC Ink graphic novel lines. Launched last year, the new graphic novel imprints were focused on the young adult and middle grade readers and have been hits so far. DC followed up those concerns with an announcement of a slate of graphic novel releases aimed at those young adult and middle grade readers.

These graphic novels continue the focus on stories not part of DC’s ongoing continuity making them accessible to new fans. The releases also focus on the original mandate of YA titles being about “everyday aspirations, struggles, and triumphs,” while the middle grade releases being focused on stories about “friends, family, and growing up.”

Spring 2020 Lineup

Young Adult Titles

  • Gotham High – Written by Melissa de la Cruz and illustrated by Thomas Pitilli (February 2020)
  • The Oracle Code – Written by Marieke Nijkamp and illustrated by Manuel Preitano (March 2020)

Middle Grade Titles

Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime
Zatanna & the House of Secrets
  • Batman: Overdrive – Written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo DiChiara (March 2020)
Batman: Overdrive
DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless
  • Anti/Hero – Written by Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta and illustrated by Maca Gil (April 2020)
  • ArkhaManiacs – Written by Art Baltazar and Franco and illustrated by Art Baltazar (April 2020)
My Video Game Ate My Homework

Upcoming Titles Debuting in 2020 and 2021

  • Upcoming Young Adult Titles (Not all titles are final)
    • Catwoman: Soulstealer – Adapted by Louise Simonson from Sarah J. Maas’ DC Icon prose novel and illustrated by Samantha Dodge
    • Galaxy: The Prettiest Star – Written by Jadzia Axelrod and illustrated by Cait Zellers
    • House of El Book 1 – Written by Claudia Gray and illustrated by Eric Zawadzki
    • I Am Not Starfire—Written by Mariko Tamaki
    • Mister Miracle – Written by Varian Johnson
    • Nubia – Written by L.L. McKinney and illustrated by Robyn Smith
    • Swamp Thing – Written by Maggie Stiefvater and illustrated by Morgan Beem           
    • Teen Titans: Beast Boy – Written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo
    • Victor & Nora: A Mr. Freeze Story – Written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart
    • Whistle – Written by E. Lockhart and illustrated by Manuel Preitano
    • Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed – Written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Leila del Duca
    • You Brought Me the Ocean – Written by Alex Sanchez and illustrated by Julie Maroh
    • Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend – Written by Alys Arden and illustrated by Jacquelin De Leon
  • Upcoming Middle Grade Titles (Not all titles are final)                         
    • Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld – Written by Shannon and Dean Hale
    • Batman and Robin…and Howard – Written and illustrated by Jeffrey Brown
    • DC Super Hero Girls – Written by Amy Wolfram
    • Dear Super-Villains – Written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte
    • Green Arrow: Stranded – Written by Brendan Deneen and illustrated by Caleb Hosalla
    • Indestructibles Book 1—Written by Ridley Pearson
    • Lois Lane – Written by Grace Ellis and illustrated by Brittney Williams
    • Metropolis Grove – Written and illustrated by Drew Brockington
    • Primer – Written by Thomas Krajewski and Jennifer Muro and illustrated by Gretel Lusky
    • Superman Smashes the Klan – Written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru
    • Super Sons Book 3: Escape to Landis – Written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez          
    • Teen Titans Go! to Camp – Written by Sholly Fisch
    • Teen Titans Go! Roll with It – Written by Heather Nuhfer and P.C. Morrissey 
    • The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel – Written by Ryan North and illustrated by Derek Charm

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


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

Friday / June 21st


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
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!
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.


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…


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!

Celebrate Banned Books Week at your library with Image Comics Library Livestreams

Image Comics is celebrating Banned Books Week with the  Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association by producing a week of Library Livestreams featuring creators Nick DragottaGrace EllisPornsak Pichetshote, Charles Soule, and Skottie Young.

Libraries around the country are invited to welcome their patrons for these exciting creator conversations during Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, which runs from September 23rd-29th. Each Image Comics Library Livestream will be a freewheeling discussion on creativity, freedom of expression, and the power of storytelling that library patrons around the world will be able to enjoy.

Presented by Image Comics with The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association, the Image Comics Library Livestreams feature:

  • Pornsak Pichetshote – Tuesday, Sept. 25th
  • Nick Dragotta – Wednesday, Sept. 26th
  • Grace Ellis – Thursday, Sept. 27th
  • Charles Soule – Friday, Sept. 28th
  • Skottie Young – Saturday, Sept. 29th

Simply visit the Image Comics Twitch page. All webinars will run from 7-8pm EST and will include a discussion between moderator and creator for 40-45 minutes, followed by 15-20 minutes of Q&A participation with the live audience. No registration is required to view these livestreams.

The French Comics Association Tour to New Orleans and #ALAAC18

The French Comics Association (FCA) has  announced their spring tour of acclaimed francophone graphic novelists, is coming to New Orleans, LA for the 2018 American Library Association annual conference (ALAAC18), “the premier global library event.”

The French Comics Association will exhibit and sell books, in partnership with Crescent City Comics, with 6 artists signings daily at booth #451 from June 22-25, 2018.

Come and meet the creators at #ALAAC18, , along with their French and North American publishers. Ten panel discussions will feature Francophone graphic novelists and French publishing staff, in conversation with critically acclaimed cartoonists, such as Thi Bui, Mariko Tamaki, Ellen Forney, Jason Latour, Tee Franklin, Peter Tomasi, MK CzerwiecThomas Campi, and Vera Brosgol, and industry experts including librarians Betsy Bird, Candice Mack, Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, and Matthew Noe, and comics publishing specialists from France and America, such as Pauline Mermet, Charlotte Moundlic, Olivier Jalabert, Mark Siegel, Meg Lemke, and Julia Pohl-Miranda. 

Plus: ALA’s “Now Showing” Screening stage to feature animated films and shorts based on French comics, including The Big Bad FoxTib & TumTumand The Fox Badger Family.

The FCA is also an official 2018 sponsor of the ALA Eisner Reception (June 23).

The audience for comics is growing not just in numbers but in diversity, which the FCA will applaud as they host this year’s ALA meet-up of the “Valkeryies’ Valhalla”—a private group of women librarians who love comics! (Eligible librarians are encouraged to join and find event details at the Valkeryies’ Facebook page).

What about NOLA comics fans who aren’t attending ALA? The FCA is delighted to bring the artists into the city for FREE public events in “The Big Easy.” See full schedule below.

Follow the FCA tour! Join us on Instagram #ComicsFramed, Twitter @FrenchComix and Facebook (French Comics Association).

Book signings at all events & to follow panels—full signing schedule available on request.
Friday / June 22nd
Public Events:

French Storytime with Eve Tharlet (Mr. Badger & Mrs. Fox series!)

10:30am – 12pm
Perfect for French speaking children—and those learning the language!
The French Library, 3811 Magazine St., New Orleans

French Comics Kiss Better: Artist Meet & Greet

2- 4pm
Featuring: Barroux (Alpha), Cati Baur (Four Sisters), Aurélie Neyret (Cici’s Journal), Benjamin Reiss (Super Tokyoland), Eve Tharlet (The Wild Cat: Mr. Badger & Mrs. Fox)
The Stacks Bookstore, at the Contemporary Arts Center / 900 Camp Street, New Orleans 70130

Bande Dessinée Soiree—It’s A Comics Party!

Come for comics, drinks, and conversation!
Featuring: Barroux (Alpha), Cati Baur (Four Sisters), Aurélie Neyret (Cici’s Journal), Benjamin Reiss (Super Tokyoland), Julie Rocheleau (About Betty’s Boob), Eve Tharlet (The Wild Cat: Mr. Badger & Mrs. Fox)
Crescent City Comics, 3135 Calhoun St., New Orleans 70125

American Library Association Conference at the Morial Convention Center

ALA Exhibit hours 5:30 – 7:30pm

Pre-conference Educational Sessions

Graphic Novel Friday Forum: Not Just Sex and Violence – Adult Graphic Novel Collections.
11am – 3pm; Morial Convention Center, RM 353 – 355
FCA speakers: Julia Rocheleau and Pauline Mermet

Don’t Hide Your Adult Comics

12:20 – 1:20pm
Panelists: Julia Pohl-Miranda (Marketing Director at Drawn & Quarterly); Chloe Ramos Peterson (Library Market Sales Representative at Image Comics); Julie Rocheleau (artist for About Betty’s Boob from BOOM! Studios and the French Comics Association); Allison Bailund (MLIS student at the University of Washington iSchool and co-author of the Comics Cataloging Survey) Moderator: Lindsay Gibb (Coordinator for E-Reserves & Learning Zone at Dorothy H. Hoover Library, OCAD University, Co-Programmer for Librarian & Educator Day at Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and author of National Treasure: Nicolas Cage)

What Makes a Book “Adult?”

Panelists: Mariko Tamaki (writer for SkimThis One Summer, and the forthcoming DC Ink title Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass); Jason Latour (writer for Black Cloud and artist and co-creator for Southern Bastards from Image Comics); Pauline Mermet (Dargaud/French Comics Association); Tee Franklin (writer for Bingo Love and Jook Joint from Image Comics) Moderator: Christopher Butcher (Consulting Editor-At-Large at Viz Media and co-founder of Toronto Comics Arts Festival)

Saturday / June 23rd
American Library Association Exhibit Hours: 9am – 5pm
At #ALAAC18: Do it the French way. Stop by Booth #451 for morning croissants and captivating comics. 

Panels at the Graphic Novel and Gaming Stage:

Literary Comics to Build Your Collection

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. 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, as well as the French Comics Association (Pauline Mermet) and Ingram.

French Comics Kiss Better: Bande Dessinée 101

11:30am – 12:20pm
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

12:30 – 1:20 pm
Graphic treatments of historical figures have been a booming area of publishing, from bestselling memoirs like Jon Lewis’ March to epic treatments like Chester Brown’s Louis Riel and comic treatments like Kate Beaton’s Hark, A Vagrant. While these heroic stories are becoming ever more popular in schools and libraries, memoirs of everyday lives continue to flourish in the autobio comics scene, each book as unique as its creator. Artists in both genre are faced with the challenge: how to draw a life? What details do you highlight–and what is left out? This panel brings together a discussion between artists behind new biographies of significant figures in art and architecture, including Thomas Campi, artist of Magritte and The Joe Schuster Story; Peter Tomasi of The Bridge, on the Roeblings (creators of the Brooklyn Bridge), with artist-memoirists Ellen Forney (Rock Steady) and Benjamin Reiss (Super Tokyoland). Moderated by librarian Candice Mack.


European Comics: A Strange Animal!

9 – 10am
Morial Convention Center, Room 297
America is considered the cradle of comics but just look at how comics have evolved and diversified in Europe, to the point of becoming almost unrecognizable, much like Darwin’s finches! Publishers, agents and creators with experience on both sides of the Atlantic will enlighten us on how to read European comics and what differentiates them from their American cousins. Characteristics such as format, art & narrative techniques, social status, readership, stereotypes, censorship and adult content will be discussed with Mark Siegel (First Second Books), Thomas Campi (Magritte, Joe Schuster Story), Berenika Kolomycka (Tiny Fox & Big Boar), Sophie Castille (Mediatoon Licensing/EuropeComics) and Charlotte Moundlic (Rue de Sèvres / French Comics Association). Moderated by Andrew Woodrow-Butcher (The Beguiling/TCAF). Panel organized by Europe Comics.

Graphic Medicine: Narratives of Illness, Healing, and Care

2:30pm – 3:30pm 
Morial Convention Center, Room 298
The medical humanities movement has given rise to doctors, nurses, and other health professionals turning to narrative to better understand the experience of their patients. In turn, caregivers have told their stories and opened up the sometimes insular world inside hospitals for general readers. As graphic novels and nonfiction have broadened and deepened in subject matter, the “Graphic Medicine” movement celebrates the rich works of sequential art that explore the myriad connections between patients, caregivers, stories of healing and stories of loss. This panel brings together Matthew Noe of Harvard Medical library (moderator) with Penn State University Press’ Graphic Medicine series editor MK Czerwiec, also author and illustrator of Taking Turns: Stories from HIV Care Unit 371, joined by acclaimed cartoonist Ellen Forney, with Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life, and French creator Julie Rocheleau, with About Betty’s Boob (Boom Studios) a narrative of mastectomy (with gorgeous silent film references.

Film Screening:

The Big Bad Fox – feature animated film

based on the YA graphic novel by Benjamin Renner (First Second)
2:30 pm – Section C of the New Orleans Theater of the Morial Convention Center
Q&A to follow with Mark Siegel, publisher of First Second books 
Sunday / June 24th
American Library Association Exhibit hours 9am – 5pm
At #ALAAC18: Do it the French way. Stop by Booth #451 for morning croissants and captivating comics.

YALSA “Coffee Klatch”

9 – 10am – St. Charles Ballroom, The Hilton Riverside
Featuring Aurélie Neyret!

Panels at the Graphic Novel and Gaming Stage:

Strong Female Protagonists: From Girl Power to Grown Women!

12:30 – 1:20pm
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 Smileto 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 Lareu! Moderated by librarian Robin Brenner, of No Flying, No Tights.

Children’s Comics Crossing Continents

2:30 – 3:20pm
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), Christian Cornia (Brina; Italy) and Lorena Alvarez (Nightlights; Colombia), Vera Brosgol (Leave Me Alone!; USA). Moderated by rockstar librarian and author Betsy Bird (Funny Girl)


Seekers: Graphic Novels and The Refugee Crisis

2:30 – 3:30pm – Morial Convention Center, Room 227
Join Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), and Barroux, the illustrator and co-creator of Alpha: Abidjan to Paris with author Bessora, as they discuss their critically acclaimed graphic novels. What are the human stories behind the headlines of the refugee crisis? Focusing on issues of immigration and displacement, both works are timely masterpieces that explore the importance of identity and the meaning of home, and showcase how essential the graphic novel medium is in opening up the narrative truths of individuals caught in the current political climate. Moderated by librarian Karen Ginman, NYPL.

Public Event in New Orleans:

Cati Baur (Four Sisters) Art Workshop and Book Signing

RSVP for workshop (for ages 6-10, 2-3pm) at thegrownups@thefrenchlibrary.com
The French Library, 3811 Magazine St., New Orleans

Monday / June 25th
Exhibit hours 9am – 2pm

Film Screenings:

Tib and TumTum—based on the picture book series by Grimaldi & Bannister from Lerner!

11:30 am – Section C of the New Orleans Theater of the Morial Convention Center
Q&A to follow with Olivier Jalabert, Glénat Publishers

The Fox Badger Familybased on the Mr. Badger & Mrs. Fox series by Brigitte Luciani and Eve Tharlet from Lerner!

12pm – Section C of the New Orleans Theater of the Morial Convention Center
Q&A to follow with Eve Tharlet

Watch DC Entertainment’s DC Ink and DC Zoom American Library Association Panel

You’re never too young to be a hero…or to read about them! DC Entertainment recently announced two new graphic novel lines, DC Ink, which is geared towards Young Adult readers, and DC Zoom, which targets Middle Graders.

Recently, fans and professionals at ALA learned a lot more about these exciting books—which feature DC’s most popular heroes and are written by prominent YA and middle grade authors—when DC hosted a panel to help launch the two lines.

The video has lots of details about these two graphic novel lines with lots of new art and features bestselling authors like Ridley Pearson, Meg Cabot, Melissa De La Cruz, Danielle Paige, Michael Northrop, Minh Le, and more, all sharing new information about their upcoming DC projects.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day today! We’ve got lots of reviews to come and so much more. But, while you wait for all of that, here’s some news and reviews you might have missed.

Around the Tubes

ICv2 – Comics and Graphic Novel Market Sales Hit New 20-Year High – Mazel Tov!

ICv2 – Digital Comics Hit $100 Million – Mazel Tov again!

The Outhousers – Marvel To Renegotiate With PR Firms CBR and Newsarma Ahead Of Post “Secret Wars” Exclusive Reveals – Bwahahaha

Library Journal – Getting Graphic at ALA | ALA Annual 2015 – I really want to go to this at some point.

Kotaku – What Happens to [REDACTED] in Arkham Knight Is Really Not Good [UPDATE] – Well ok then.


Around the Tubes Reviews

ICv2 – So Cute, It Hurts Vol. 1

The 2015 American Library Association Conference Discusses Courage in Comics

The American Library Association is currently taking place in Chicago and going through February 3. The conference has some some comics related things going on including this panel called “Courage in Comics” featuring Gene Luen Yang, Francois Mouly, and Jeff Smith.

While it’s not the full video, you can check out this clip highlight below where the three discuss challenges of representation in comics and creating comics even when it might anger some.

And more video of Cece Bell, Jeff Smith, Francois Mouly, and Gene Luen Yang discussing the first comic they read, and two books every library should carry.

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