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Note: This is the programming open to members. There will also be free programming on the Exhibits Floor, near Artist Alley.

ALA Annual is also where the winners of the Youth Media Awards are lauded! You can review the graphic novel honorees here! 


Friday, June 23rd

Graphic Novel Friday Forum: Read More, Read Better – Learning with Comics and Graphic Novels

Friday, June 23
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
McCormick Place, W183a

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Graphic novels are a storytelling format, not a genre, and as with any other means of telling a story — whether the story be fiction or non-fiction — they can engage, teach, and inspire readers of all ages. This is why you are seeing graphic novels being used in classrooms more than ever before. During today’s Forum you will have the chance to learn from some of the most enthusiastic educators (and aren’t all librarians educators?) using graphic novels in the classroom today.

11- 11:15
Opening keynote from National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Yang
Gene Yang will speak on his platform, Reading without Walls, and discuss why comics and graphic novels matter.

11:20 – 12:10
The Grammar of Comics: How Teaching Visual Literacy can Open Up New Conversations
This educator-run panel will discuss the graphic novel/comic book language that is being used to open up students to new worlds of discussion. From reluctant readers to those with learning impairments, comics can be a vital tool to introducing key concepts and stories.

12:15 – 1:05
Publisher & Librarian talk-back session: librarians, come talk to publishers about how graphic novels are working at your library, and what they should know based on the feedback from your community!

1:10 – 2:00
Problem Solving: Teaching STEM with Comics
Graphic novels have moved far beyond the superhero genre. Non-fiction graphic novels are on the rise, and even fiction comics are providing a new approach to introducing STEM concepts. This panel of educators and librarians will discuss how comics can be used get students to think critically about STEM.

2:05 – 2:55
Books That Spark Change: Using comics and graphic novels as a jumping off point
This panel is a discussion on how literature, but specifically comics, can be a catalyst for change. Teachers will discuss how comics and graphic novels can both engage students, and empower them through the use of texts that illustrate how others fought for change, as well demonstrate how the texts themselves can spur others to seek change. We will explore how texts like March, Boxers & Saints, The Silence of Our Friends, and Persepolis can lead to transformative conversations, as well as share insights as to how students can use the graphic medium to find their own voice.

3:00 – 4:00
Meet the Makers
Attendees will have a chance to talk to comic and graphic novel authors and artists to learn the process behind making a comic.
Meeting Type: Discussion/Interest Group

Interests: Children’s Literature, Children’s Services, Collection Development, Community Engagement, Literacy, Popular Culture, Readers’ Advisory, Young Adult Literature, Young Adult Services, Youth Services

Type of Library: Academic, Community College, Elementary School, High School, Library School, Middle School, Nonprofit, Public, Regional System, Rural, School/Media Center, State Library, Student, Tribal, Undergraduate

Penguin Random House, which distributes many publishers of graphic novels and other geek-friendly titles, has announced a special schedule of programming on Friday:

LIBRARY CON 2017
Friday, June 23rd * McCormick Place *Signings will follow each panel discussion. Room #W183C

10:15-11:00: DC’s Young Animal Panel Discussion
Creators and writers from DC will discuss the launch of the NEW Young Animal Imprint. Hosted By: DC’s Young Animal editor, Molly Mahan

Panelists Include: Gerard Way, creator DC’s Young Animal imprint, Cecil Castellucci, Shade,The Changing Girl, Jon Rivera, Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye, Jody Houser, Mother Panic, Nick Derington, Doom Patrol, illustrator

11:30-12:15: Girl Power Panel
Hosted By: Ivy Noelle Weir, formerly an award-winning young adult librarian. She has written for American Libraries Magazine, NovelList, and on WomenWriteAboutComics.com.
Panelists: Shea Fontana, DC Super Hero Girls (DC), Kim Dwinell, Surfside Girls, Book One (IDW Comics), Cecil Castellucci (DC), Shantel LaRoque, Editor (Dark Horse Comics), Jody Houser, (DC), and Kel McDonald (Dark Horse Comics)

12:15: (Free) Boxed Lunch Served

12:30-1:30: I’ll Take Audiobooks for $500
Test your knowledge of Star Wars®, Harry Potter, Dystopian Worlds, and YA Blockbusters in a Jeopardy®-style game show.
Hosted By: Marc Thompson, beloved Star Wars audiobook narrator
Panelists Include Authors: Julie Berry, Peter Bognanni, E. Lockhart, and three lucky audience members!

Random House flyer PDF

Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee Meeting I

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Swissotel, Zermatt

Join us, the YALSA GGNFT committee, to hear all about the great graphic novels, comics, and manga being considered for the 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list!

Meeting Type: Committee Meeting
Sponsors: YALSA

Cost: Included with full conference registration.

ALA Play 

Friday, June 23
7:30pm-10pm
Hilton Chicago, Stevens Center, Salon A

Join the Games and Gaming Round Table (GAMERT) for an evening of exploration, play and making.


Saturday, June 24th

Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Gene Luen Yang

Saturday, June 24
8:30 AM-9:30 AM
McCormick Place, W375b/Skyline

Yang is a long-time educator who champions comics and graphic novels as educational  tools in the classroom and has delivered a TEDx Talk on the subject.

The Diagnostics of Wattpad: Leveraging FanFiction to Develop Teen  Library Collections

Saturday, June 24
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
McCormick Place, W184d

Learn how  teens read and share their own stories with fans across the world and  leverage Wattpad’s popularity to develop the young adult collection in your  library!

Graphic Memoirs: how non-fiction graphic novels bring real lives to life? 

Saturday, June 24
10:30 AM-11:30 AM
McCormick Place, W175b

In this panel comics creators will explain how they approached their subjects, how they decided what to leave out and what to include, and the extent to which they inserted themselves into the narrative.

Streaming Video and Graphic Novels from an Acquisitions Perspective: Unusual Workflows

Saturday, June 24
10:30 AM-11:30 AM
McCormick Place, W178a

Join us as we discuss the challenges posed by streaming video and graphic novels from an acquisitions perspective. Two librarians will identify the issues, describe  what has worked for them, and discuss how to build upon existing library-vendor partnerships to better meet user needs.

Weird is the New “Norm” with DC Comic’s Young Animal imprint.

Saturday, June 24
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
McCormick Place, W183c

Gerard Way’s new imprint of graphic novels examines themes, characters and topics that may be considered “”weird” or “fringe” to popular culture, but are incredibly relevant to readers. Through DC’s Young Animal Vol. 1s, Way and a talented host of some of today’s most innovative creators bring these subjects to the forefront in titles such as DOOM PATROL VOL. 1: BRICK BY BRICK, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL VOL. 1: EARTH GIRL MADE EASY, CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE VOL. 1: GOING UNDER and MOTHER PANIC VOL. 1: WORK IN PROGRESS.Come to this panel that will discuss how these graphic novels from DC’s Young Animal will engaged with readers and patrons like few other works in the industry can today.

Keywords to Mastery Game: An active learning approach to discover research topics

Saturday, June 24
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
McCormick Place, W176b

A fun and interactive hands-on workshop where you build and play your own low-tech game  that helps students gain keyword and natural language processing skills for database searching. Brought to you by GAMERT.

Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee Meeting II

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Swissotel, Zermatt

Join us, the YALSA GGNFT committee, to hear all about the great graphic novels, comics, and manga being considered for the 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list!

Meeting Type: Committee Meeting

Buzzworthy Graphic Novels from Scholastic with Donalyn Miller FEATURING Jennifer L. Holm

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
McCormick Place, Exhibit Hall – Book Buzz Theater

Graphic novels and comics are more popular than EVER, and now is the time to hear from Donalyn Miller (The Book Whisperer) about Scholastic’s unmissable 2017 graphic novels. From debut graphic novelists like Ru Xu (Newsprints) and Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy) to authors writing in new formats like Philip Pullman (The Adventures Of John Blake), Scholastic consistently provides quality, innovative, and engaging stories for all readers. SPECIAL FEATURE: New York Times-bestselling creator Jennifer L. Holm will speak about her upcoming title, Swing It, Sunny, the sequel to Sunny Side Up, what inspires her, and the importance of visual storytelling.

Comics Are For Everyone!

Saturday, June 24
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
McCormick Place, W176b

Celebrate  the independent spirit and creator-owned ethos in graphic novel publishing  with Image Comics and some of their creators.

Get Graphic with Penguin Random House

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
McCormick Place, Exhibit Hall – Book Buzz Theater

Join Penguin Random House as we talk about the latest trends, series, movie tie-ins, etc. from our graphic novel publishing partners. We have the inside scoop and upcoming info on titles from DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW, Archie Comics and MORE!!!

Running a Library Presence @ Fan Conventions, Festivals, and Events?

Saturday, June 24
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
McCormick Place, W474b

Learn about running panels for library staff and educators, offering readers’ advisory  and research help, promoting diverse material, showcasing items from special  collections, and running a pop-up library lounge!


Sunday, June 25th

Oni Press Book Buzz – Graphic Novels for Kids, Teens, and Adults

Sunday, June 25
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM
McCormick Place, Exhibit Hall – Book Buzz Theater

Join graphic novel publisher Oni Press as they present their 2017 and early 2018 lineup of exciting new graphic novels! Includes sneak previews of upcoming titles like THE ALTERED HISTORY OF WILLOW SPARKS, KIM REAPER, THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY, and more! Plus, find out how to get Oni Press ARCs delivered to your library or inbox. If you’re looking for great comics, this is a must-see event!

Stay and Play: Create Open Library Spaces and STEM Material Collections for Play-Based Discovery Programming

Sunday, June 25
10:30 AM-11:30 AM
McCormick Place, W175c

Learn how to re-resource your collection to include activity kits that inspire innovation, open-space programming pitfalls and lessons learned, and programming ideas for all budget levels.

International Comics –  Culture & Creation Beyond America ?

Sunday, June 25
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Hyatt Regency McCormick, Jackson Park/CC 10AB

Come hear how fandom and creator processes differ in other places, and how much common ground we really do share.

Fandom Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults

Sunday, June 25
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
McCormick Place, W187c

Give fans who are passionate about genres, characters, games, and book series plenty of reasons to return to your library again and again. You’ll walk away with  inspiration and ideas that can be used with a variety of fandoms and  interests at your own library!

Comics Roundtable: What does the future of comics librarianship look like? ?

Sunday, June 25
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
McCormick Place, W476

Bookseller  Andrew Woodrow-Butcher and librarian Lindsay Gibb will be leading a discussion with other comics librarians and professionals about the conversations we need to be having around comics in libraries.

French Comics on Screen: Film Adaptations of Franco-Belgian Graphic Narratives

Sunday, June 25
3:00 PM – 3:50 PM
McCormick Place, Exhibit Hall – Chapter 1 Stage

Comics have always inspired movies. Though Superhero characters such as Captain America, Batman, and The Fantastic Four have traditionally dominated the silver screen, a more literary trend is now evolving. Producers and directors have discovered new ways of telling stories. In this panel, leading international comic artists Marguerite Abouet (Aya of Yop City), David Etien (The Baker Street Four), and publishers Olivier Jalabart (Glénat) from France and Robert Ballantyne (Arsenal Pulp Press) from America discuss how graphic novels can offer new inspiration to the cinema – from very intimate stories (like Blue is the Warmest Color) to major sci-fi movies (Valerian) and animated features (Aya of Yop City). Moderated by Matt Madden (Drawn Onward). Free signed prints and books for purchase at stage following panel! Signing will continue after end of session at Booth #1229

Monday, June 26th

Telling Their Stories through Graphic Novels – Views from Behind the Fence

Monday, June 26
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
McCormick Place, W176b

A school librarian and school library professor will describe the 2016 Will Eisner Innovation Grant Award project where incarcerated students wrote and story-boarded the text for a graphic novel based on their gang experiences. Participants at this session will learn how they can replicate this writing and visual literacy program at any school level.


See you there!