Reproduced from the ALA website, here’s the schedule and descriptions for the panels being hosted on the Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage in the exhibits hall at the Ameican Library Association annual conference in San Francisco.

Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

Here’s your chance to hear from authors, illustrators, and creators of the hottest games and graphic novels. Learn more about the art of graphic novels and illustration, how games and gaming inspire creativity and social engagement, and how comics in the library and in the classroom can help you inspire and reach reluctant readers. Supplement your Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage experiences with visits to the Graphic Novel & Gaming Pavilion, the Zine Pavilion, Gaming Lounge and Artist Alley, also on the Exhibit Floor.

Time: Saturday, June 27 Sunday, June 28 Monday, June 29
9:00-10:00am Paizo: Pathfinder Organized Play in Your Library Chris Harris: Teaching Through Games: A
Play-Based Approach to Learning in Libraries of All Types
Joshua Hale Fialkov: The Bunker
10:00-11:00am Mark Siegel – The History and Growth of First Second Books Christos Gage-Buffy the Vampire Slayer Celebrating 10 Years of Graphix!
11:00-12:00pm Academy Games Robotics: How Robots Interact with People Lark Pien & Jenni Holm: Wearing Many Hats-The Roles We Play in Telling Stories
12:00-1:00pm Derf Backderf CBLDF:Protecting Comics: Authors & Experts on Fighting Graphic Novel Challenges Nick Dragotta & Dr. Saul Griffith
1:00-2:00pm Zine and Not Heard! DC Entertainment-Inside the Page: Bat-Universe
2:00-3:00pm Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Announcement:The Art of Graphic Novel Selection and Acquisition and the Presentation of the 2015 ALA Grants Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen: Using Musical Activities to Build Early Literacy Skills
3:00-4:00pm Award Winning Authors: Their Books, Process and the Future Historical Fiction Graphic Novels Panel
4:00-5:00pm Daniel Corey: “Moriarty” The Experience of Creating, the Image, and Self Branding

Pierce Watters: Pathfinder Organized Play in Your Library

Paizo, Inc. has the world’s largest roleplaying organized play network in the world. As times change, libraries are looking for alternatives to bring in visitors. Young people are reading less and playing games more. The Pathfinder roleplaying game not only encourages kids to read, it fostered cooperative play, goal setting, and goal evaluation. More and more libraries are running the Pathfinder roleplaying game, attracting a younger audience, and exploring new ways to educate and enlighten. Learn more about the Pathfinder gaming

Sponsored by Paizo

Mark Siegel: The History and Growth of First Second Books

Editorial Director and Founder of First Second Books, Mark is the publisher of several award-winning, best-selling, high-quality graphic novels. He will discuss the history of First Second and, with the help of librarians, its growth over the years.

Sponsored by First Second Books

Academy Games

Uwe Eickert, representing the Academy will discuss “What makes a game an effective learning tool?”. Well designed games engage youth in a decision making process with anticipation and resolution cycles hooking them into wanting to play and explore the game’s subject matter in greater depth.

Derf Backderf: Trashed

Backderf is the author of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning, national-bestseller “My Friend Dahmer”. He will be representing his new novel “Trashed”, an inside look at the job of a garbage collector.

Sponsored by Abrams ComicArts

Matthew Murray, Alex Wrekk, and Jonas Cannon: Zine and Not Heard!

Some people think that zinesters should be seen and not heard, but we think differently! Come and listen to some zinesters from the Zine Pavilion read from their own work. Emceed by the editor of the zine Two Fisted Librarians, Matthew Murray will join zinesters such as Alex Wrekk, Jonas Cannon, and more to showcase stories of romance, adventure, hilarious occurrences, and who knows what else! If you can’t make it to the reading, make sure you come by the Zine Pavilion where there will be zine creators all weekend long!

Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Announcement: The Art of Graphic Novel Selection and Acquisition and the Presentation of the 2015 ALA Grants

An educational panel about how you determine which kinds of graphic novels and comics to purchase for your library. How do reader demographics impact collection development? Who is reading graphic novels and comics in the library? How does the advent of digital graphic novels and comics impact book selection and does the popularity of a digital books translate into the purchase of hard copies? These and other questions will be explored by Jack Baur from the Berkeley Public Library, Katie Monnin, PhD from the University of North Florida, Caitlin McGurk from the Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and moderated by John Shableski.

The panel will be preceded by the presentation of the 2015 ALA Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant and Growth Grant. Learn how your library can apply for next year’s grants.

Cece Bell, Mariko Tamaki, and Jillian Tamaki: Award Winning Authors: Their Books, Process, and the Future

Cece Bell, Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki as Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz honor-winning authors discuss these topics and the importance of graphic novels being recognized.

Sponsored by First Second Books

Daniel Corey: “Moriarty”

Working with Image Comics, the #1 independent comics publisher in the U.S. market, he will discuss his series’ to date and history managing brand identity. In today’s publishing market this content is essential.

Chris Harris: Teaching Through Games: A Play Based Approach to Learning In Libraries of All Types

Christopher Harris, gaming and learning expert and author of the Teaching Through Games (2015) series of professional books from Rosen Publishing, will share great tabletop games for starting a play-based learning program in your library. Support classroom instruction with curriculum-aligned games, deliver engaging public library game programs, and meet the learning needs of home school groups with these incredible board and card games for all ages. Take a break from the show and sit down for some interactive game play!

Christos Gage: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

A veteran TV and comic book writer, this New York Times best-selling writer of both Buffy and Angel & Faith, discusses the challenges and rewards of adapting properties into comic form. He also manages this while staying true to the characters and still allowing them to change and grow.

Sponsored by Dark Horse Comics

Westport Libraries Robotics: How Robotics Interact with People

Westport Library has developed programming for two Alderbaran NAO robots. Interest has been overwhelming with over 500 people trained in using the software. The session will demonstrate how the robots interact with people and how to program them.

Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki, Gene Luen Yang, Eva Volin, Charles Brownstein and Maren Williams: Protecting Comics: Authors & Experts On Fighting Graphic Novel Challenges

Comics and graphic novels are achieving more acclaim than ever, which is leading to an increase in demand as well as challenges. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund brings together perspectives on graphic novel censorship from authors Jillian and Mariko Tamaki and Gene Luen Yang, alongside expert observations from Eva Volin, Supervising Children’s Librarian for the Alameda Free Library in California, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein, and more in a panel moderated by CBLDF Contributing Editor and reference librarian Maren Williams.

Mark Doyle, Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, Karl Kerschl, Tim Seely, Cameron Stewart and Tom King: DC Entertainment: Inside the Page: Bat-Universe

Join Batman Group Editor Mark Doyle with Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, Karl Kerschl, Tim Seely, Cameron Stewart and Tom King as they take you behind the scenes to the streets of Gotham for an exclusive look at how the Bat-Universe works.

Sponsored by DC Entertainment

Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen: Using Musical Activities to Build Early Literacy Skills

Join in hands-on activities from the Mother Goose on the Loose early literacy program, presented by its creator, Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen. Experience interactive ways to play with bells and colored scarves that build school readiness skills at the same time as having fun. See how parents can talk, sing, read, write and play using the free Felt Board- Mother Goose on the Loose

Chris Schweizer, Gene Luen Yang, Tony Cliff, and Nathan Hale: Historical Fiction Graphic Novel Panel

The session features some of the genre’s most acclaimed storytellers including Chris Schweizer, Gene Luen Yang, Tony Cliff and Nathan Hale. They discuss the making of graphic novels taking place in specific historical eras, the creative and logistical challenges that those books present to the authors who write and draw them, and how those books can be used to give readers a greater understanding of history and the cultures depicted.

Joshua Hale Fialkov: The Bunker

As a Harvey, Eisner, and Emmy Award nominated writer of graphic novels, animation, video games, film and television, some of his works include “Elk’s Run”, “The Life After”, and “Afro Samurai”. He will focus this discussion on “The Bunker”, and though they’ve been warned against making the wrong choices…How do they know what the right ones are?

Sponsored by Oni Press

Raina Telegemeier, Dave Roman, Jenni Holm and Craig Thompson: Celebrating 10 Years of Graphix!

Graphic novel creators Jennifer Holm (Sunny Side Up), Craig Thompson (Space Dumplins), Raina Telegemeier (Smile, Sisters, Baby-sitters Club Graphix) and Dave Roman (Goosebumps Graphix) will take the stage to discuss their books, their art, and the 10th anniversary of the Scholastic Graphix imprint.

Sponsored by Scholastic

Lark Pien and Jenni Holm: Wearing Many Hats-The Roles We Play in Telling Stories

How is making a picture book different from making a graphic novel? And how is making a graphic novel different from making a young adult novel? Join Lark Pien and Jenni Holm in the discussion on authorship, audiences, and exploration of genres and formats in storytelling.

Nick Dragotta and Dr. Saul Griffith: Howtoons

HOWTOONS uses comics to show kids how to make projects that teach essential STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) concepts, all through play! Join creators Dr. Saul Griffith and artist Nick Dragotta as they talk about their experiences of using comics in the library and learn more about the award-winning book that teaches kids how to make things using everyday household goods, like origami robots, marshmallow shooters, stomp rockets, zoetropes, and more. Where science and art go hand-in-hand!

Sponsored by Image Comics