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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.

Library of Congress Names Gene Luen Yang the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

PIC_6393It has been announced that Gene Luen Yang has been appointed as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The position was established in 2008 to highlight the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people. The announcement was made by the Children’s Book Council (CBC), Every Child a Reader (ECAR), and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress (CFB).

Yang will travel nationwide over the course of his two-year term promoting his platform, “Reading Without Walls,” showing kids and teens that reading is a vital part of their lives, and speaking to parents, teachers, librarians—everyone invested in young people’s literacy—about how better to connect with kids and teens and help them love reading.

ReadingWithoutWalls_GLYGraphicPrevious individuals nominated were Jon Scieszka (2008–2009), Katherine Paterson (2010–2011), Walter Dean Myers (2012–2013), and Kate DiCamillo (2014–2015). Gene Luen Yang is the first-ever graphic novelist to be named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

The inauguration ceremony, presided by acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao and featuring both Yang and DiCamillo, will take place on Thursday, January 7 at 11 a.m. in room LJ-119 of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington D.C. The event is open to the public; no tickets are required.

The National Ambassador is selected for: his or her contributions to young people’s literature, the ability to relate to kids and teens, and a dedication to fostering children’s literacy as a whole. The selection is based on recommendations from a CBC-ECAR-CFB-appointed committee comprising educators, librarians, booksellers, and children’s literature expert.

Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade; he began making comics professionally over fifteen years ago. In 2006, his graphic novel American Born Chinese became the first graphic novel to be a finalist for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album. In 2013, Boxers & Saints, his two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, was a National Book Award finalist and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. Gene has also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. He is the author of the Secret Coders series (with artist Mike Holmes) and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman.