Librarians Converge on Orlando to Celebrate Books, Comics, Diversity


  Every summer, thousands of librarians and other bibliophiles meet at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. This year, it’s in Orlando (yeah…) and like years past, “ALA Annual” will host feature numerous creators, publishers, and panels relating to comics, gaming, and all the other geekery stuff that kids who hang out in libraries enjoy […]

Young Adult Librarians Select Great Graphic Novels for Teens!


Since 2007, YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, part of the American Library Association, has been releasing lists of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. The long list (112 titles this year!), and Top Ten titles, are released in January, after the Midwinter Conference. Although not as prestigious as the Newbery or Caldecott honors, the […]

You Need To Watch: Caldecott-Newbery-Wilder Awards Speeches


I’ve attended the annual conference of the American Library Association every year since 2010, when the conference was in Washington, DC. For whatever reason (probably because it required an expensive banquet ticket), I never attended the Caldecott-Newbery-Wilder Medals banquet, even when the winner was a graphic novel.

ALAAC ’15: Graphic Novels Illustrate Why Librarians Love Comics


San Diego Comic-Con is nearly upon us, but with its focus spread to all things pop culture, where can comic books get the attention they deserve? The American Library Association Annual Conference definitely put the spotlight on graphic novels. If you’re love of reading is at the intersection of books and graphic novels you might want to pay a visit next time.

ALAAC15: Udon To Raffle Off Every Book In Their Booth on Monday!


I received this email from John Shableski, the recently hired Vice President of Sales at UDON Entertainment.  In a bit of brilliance, instead of shipping their display titles back to Toronto, or dealing with the ravenous hordes hoping for free books, they’ll be GIVING AWAY every title at their booth to one lucky library!

ALAAC’15: Winners of the 2015 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries announced


While most comics fans are familiar with Will Eisner and his many contributions to comics, most are not aware that he also created a charitable foundation. The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation “fosters innovation and creativity in graphic literature, sequential art and comics.” One of their more visible projects is an annual grant given to two […]

ALAAC15: All the Comics Programming!

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WOW! San Francisco is one of the epicenters of comics culture in the U. S., and the American Library Association is tapping into that local energy with an amazing variety of panels, workshops, and celebrations! What are the highlights? Well, first, there’s a “pre-conference” gathering on Friday afternoon, which I’ve already covered in a previous […]

ALAAC15: Artists Alley!

SWEET KIRBY CRACKLE! Look at this lineup! Eisner Award winners! Book award winners! Famous illustrators! Cool cartoonists! Bestselling authors! Fan favorites! All at the American Library Association’s annual conference in San Francisco this weekend! Yeah, I expect great authors to show up at every American Library Association conference (some to accept awards), but this… WOW! And […]

ALAAC15: Librarians Assemble For Comics Diversity!

Once again, librarians are meeting for their annual conference, this time in San Francisco! So what happens when a bunch of librarians come to the city which birthed underground comics? During the Pride Parade? Well, a lot of cool librarians, cartoonists, and allies get together to talk about diversity in comics! If you’ll be attending […]