It looks like New York Comic Con is significantly broadening its outreach and the kinds of topics its covering this year. One sign of that is an entire track of programming at the New York Public Library, which will run from 9:30 am to 4:pm on Thursday, October 5 and feature programs geared toward librarians and educators. Boom! Studios, Scholastic, Valiant, the French Comics Association, CBC, the ALA, and more will participate.
AND it all takes place at the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street – the building with the Lions – starting with a keynote talk featuring Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak,) and Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!). I’m very honored to be moderating/facilitating this conversation with these two great creators and a key topic.
How to get in? Well the event is free, BUT it is only open to those with a NYCC professional badge. But you can still apply for one here by reaching out to NYCCPro@reedexpo.com.
With SDCC offering four days of professional/library/education programming, and TCAF’s one day symposium for the same, NYCC and the NYPL are getting in on a very vibrant and important topic. And I’m thrilled to see this kind of focus coming back to NYCC. The early years of the show included a “pro half day” but that has increasingly gotten lost in the hubbub. Adding it back is a smart move.
“The New York Public Library is happy to offer the opportunity for educators and librarians to meet and connect with comic creators, writers, and publishers with the common goal of advocating for education,” said Amie Wright, Manager, School Outreach at The New York Public Library. “We believe in more people reading more and comics are a unique platform that encourages reader engagement and furthers student success and a joy of reading.”
“New York Comic Con has always had a number of panels geared toward professional librarians and educators and we are truly excited to team up with The New York Public Library for expanded offerings for this year,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Head of ReedPOP. “With panels and workshops on a variety of different topics including graphic novel lesson planning, creating a gaming space in your local library, and using books to spark political interest in students, NYCC professional programming in The New York Public Library will provide librarians and educators with new and exciting ways to connect to your students and patrons.”
The PR didn’t include the full line up of panels but by looking at locations at the NYCC site you can put it together.
October 05, 2017, 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM, Celeste Auditorium – NYPL 476 5th Ave
Sex, drugs, family — YA comics tackle tough topics in words and pictures. Two authors, Laurie Halse Anderson (whose SPEAK graphic novel with Emily Carroll will…
October 05, 2017, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM, Celeste Auditorium – NYPL 476 5th Ave
How can librarians and library patrons address some of the big issues challenging the field? Funding, net neutrality, and In every congressional district in the…
- American Library Association
October 05, 2017, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM, Celeste Auditorium – NYPL 476 5th Ave
The creators behind some of the most popular middle-grade graphic novels discuss creating stories with strong, positive female characters. Moderated by Brigid A…
October 05, 2017, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM, Celeste Auditorium – NYPL 476 5th Ave
From Dragons to babysitters, learn about the latest graphic novels and books for kids straight from the artists and creators. Bestselling authors and emerging t…
October 05, 2017, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM, Celeste Auditorium – NYPL 476 5th Ave
This panel will focus on the ALA Libraries Transform campaign and how libraries use popular culture topics to entice and engage patrons. After a brief overview …
- American Library Association
October 05, 2017, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM, Celeste Auditorium – NYPL 476 5th Ave
Feeling good about our bodies, our identities, and our sexual desires should come naturally. Instead, many of us in the queer community still feel uncomforta…
October 05, 2017, 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM, Berger Forum – NYPL 476 5th AveThe benefits of Gaming in the Libraries from playing board games to video games. How Games can improving student and parent engagement and help students develop…
October 05, 2017, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM, Berger Forum – NYPL 476 5th Ave
Join librarians, collection development specialists, and educators as they discuss their favorite comics, their tools for buying and evaluating quality comics, …
October 05, 2017, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM, Berger Forum – NYPL 476 5th Ave
Panel participants will have a chance to gather resources and trade ideas through interactive discussions centered on the importance of after-school media clubs…
October 05, 2017, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM, Berger Forum – NYPL 476 5th Ave
School librarians and educators who have been successful in developing a rich culture of reading at their schools will share how to make that happen at your sch…
October 05, 2017, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM, Berger Forum – NYPL 476 5th Ave
Whether it be in the classroom or in the home, it can be difficult to open conversations about politics, race, religion, misogyny, and bigotry. This panel will …
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.