Here’s the map for the show floor, where it’s always been…

3A (on the far right) will be closed off from BookCon, while 3D and 3E will be off-limits until the weekend?  I’m not certain what the red and green booths mean…  Ah…  Red is “Unbound”…what we in the biz call “sidelines”…non-book merchandise which appeals to bibliophiles. Green is “BookCon”, which I’ll cover in a separate post. The areas marked “Shipping” and “ABA Member Lounge” will not be used for BookCon. That big empty space to the left of Unbound will be open… here’s hoping ReedPop adds tables and food vendors there.


BookExpo lists 43 exhibitors under “Comics/Graphic Novels”. Some are dedicated publishers, like DC Comics; some have a dedicated imprint, like Lerner; some are art book publishers or national trade organizations. Of course, the major publishers like Abrams, Random House, Norton will also have graphic novel imprints, but they’re not listed under this category. It’s a small show that’s not crowded. I recommend visiting all of the booths during the show, and asking the exhibitors if they have any graphic novels in their catalog. You never know what you might find.

Comics publishers at BookExpo

BOOM! Studios     Booth 1748

DC     Booth 1220

Diamond Book Distributors     Booth 1608, 1609

Image Comics Inc    Booth 1609

Lion Forge     Booth 1609

Naval Institute Press \ Dead Reckoning     Booth 745  (BookExpo only)

Oni Press    Booth 1746

Top Shelf Productions / IDW Publishing     Booth 1051

University Of Toronto Press     Booth 477 (BookExpo only. Ask about the new ethnoGraphic imprint!)

Yen Press     Booth 1250


There are two types: table autographing (in the back, with the long lines) and booth autographing (at the publisher’s booth on the sales floor). Some will require tickets, although the publishers will also schedule a booth signing that’s first-come. BookExpo lists 384 events, some of which will be duplicated, either table/booth, or appearances each day. There’s no real easy way to find them…I load the entire list, then browse by names. If you visit a publisher’s booth early in the day (recommended, as they will also have swag), they will inform you of scheduled events, some of which will not appear on the BookExpo website. (For example: Image Comics.) Hmmm…BookExpo does allow one to search by category! Here are the graphic novel events!  NOTE: Publishers decide what to give out for free. It could be a signed poster, it could be an Advance Reader Copy, it could be an actual paperback or hardcover! Whatever it is, be gracious. 
SWEET KIRBY KRACKLE!  FIVE SIX! “Ticket Required” graphic novel autographings! We’ve hit the big time! Kami Garcia! Mariko Tamaki! Meg Cabot! Raina Telgemeier! Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks! R.J. Palacio!
How does one acquire a ticket?

Free tickets are distributed in the Javits Center Crystal Palace lobby on Thursday and Friday morning at 7:30 AM. If you would prefer not to pay for an Avid Reader Pass , please go to the Javits Center at 7:30 AM to obtain a free ticket. Tickets are limited and determined by each publisher.

Autographing Session With: Meg Cabot

05/29/2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Location: Booth 1220

Signing Black Canary: Ignite

Autographing Session With: Kelly Sue DeConnick

05/30/2019, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Location: Booth 1220

Signing Aquaman Vol. 1: Unspoken Water

Kelly Sue DeConnickAuthorDC Comics

Autographing Session With: Michael Northrop

05/29/2019, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Location: Booth 1220

Signing Dear Justice League

Michael NorthropAuthorDC Comics / DC Zoom

Autographing Session With: Kelly Sue DeConnick

05/29/2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Autographing Table : 1

Signing Aquaman Vol. 1: Unspoken Water

Kelly Sue DeConnickAuthorDC Comics

Autographing Session With: R.J. Palacio

05/30/2019, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Autographing Table : 2

Signing White Bird TICKET REQUIRED
R.J. Palacio, Author, Random House Children’s Books / Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
05/30/2019, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Autographing Table : 4

Signing Best Friends

LeUyen PhamAuthorMacmillan / First Second/Disney Hyperion

Autographing Session With: Sean Murphy

05/30/2019, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Autographing Table : 6

Signing Batman: White Knight

Sean MurphyAuthorDC Comics / DC Black Label

Autographing Session With: Ralph Sanders

05/30/2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Autographing Table : 9

Signing Pilgrim’s Progress the Graphic Novel

Ralph SandersAuthorWhistle Key Books

Autographing Session With: Meg Cabot

05/30/2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Autographing Table : 1

Signing Black Canary: Ignite TICKET REQUIRED

Autographing Session With: Emma Steinkellner

05/30/2019, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Autographing Table : 6

Signing The Okay Witch

Emma SteinkellnerAuthorSimon & Schuster /Aladdin

Autographing Session With: Jerry Craft

05/30/2019, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM, Autographing Table : 7

Signing New Kid

Jerry CraftAuthor, HarperCollins

Autographing Session With: Kristen Gudsnuk

05/30/2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Autographing Table: 11

Language: English

Signing Making Friends #2: Back to the Drawing Board

Kristen GudsnukAuthor, Scholastic Inc / Graphix

Autographing Session With: Raina Telgemeier

05/30/2019, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Autographing Table : 1


Raina TelgemeierAuthorScholastic / Graphix

Autographing Session With: Michael Northrop

05/30/2019, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Autographing Table : 8

Signing Dear Justice League

Michael NorthropAuthorDC Comics / DC Zoom

Autographing Session With: Jen Wang

05/30/2019, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM, Autographing Table : 6

Signing Stargazing

Jen WangAuthorMacmillan / First Second

Autographing Session With: Kami Garcia

05/30/2019, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM, Autographing Table : 1

Signing Teen Titans: Raven TICKET REQUIRED

Kami Garcia

Autographing Session With: Mariko Tamaki

05/30/2019, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Location: Booth 1220

Signing Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass

Autographing Session With: Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

05/30/2019, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Autographing Table : 1

Signing Pumpkinheads TICKET REQUIRED

Rainbow RowellAuthorMacmillan / First Second
Faith Erin HicksAuthorMacmillan / First Second

Autographing Session With: Kami Garcia

05/31/2019, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Location: Booth 1220

Signing Teen Titans: Raven

Kami Garcia

Autographing Session with: Franco Aureliani

05/31/2019, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM, Location: Booth 1220

Signing: Superman of Smallville

Franco AurelianiAuthorDC Entertainment

Autographing Session With: John Patrick Green

05/31/2019, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Location: Booth 1544 / 1555

John Patrick Green, Author, Macmillan / MCPG

Autographing Session With: Melanie Gillman

05/31/2019, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM, Autographing Table : 10

Signing Stage Dreams

Melanie GillmanAuthorLerner Publishing Group / Graphic Universe

Autographing Session With: Mariko Tamaki

05/31/2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Autographing Table : 1

Signing Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass TICKET REQUIRED

Mariko Tamaki

Panels and Events

Indie Insights: Graphic Novels

05/29/2019, 1:45 PM – 2:05 PM

Indie Publisher Stage   Language: English

Formerly known as ‘BEA Selects,’ the Indie Insights sessions at BookExpo enable booksellers, librarians, media, and others to discover Indie Publishers’ books and publications coming out in 2019.  These stage sessions consist of five-minute rapid-fire presentations during which Indie Publishers, Editors, and Authors share their latest gems in various genres/categories.  Just as importantly, attendees are afforded a reason to engage with Indie Publishers at their booths by receiving a coupon at every Indie Insights session that they can redeem at each Indie Publisher’s booth for a free galley or book. The new books presented at this session will be:
Pilgrim’s Progress the Graphic Novel by Ralph Sanders    Whistle Key Books
Survivors of the Holocaust: True Stories of Six Extraordinary Children by Kath Shackleton    Sourcebooks
Gender: A Graphic Guide by Meg-John Barker    Icon Books

The Graphic Novel Comes of Age

05/29/2019, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Indie Publisher Stage   Language: English

Pioneering graphic novelists Raina Telgemeier, Sara Varon, join phenomenal comics artist Catia Chien, in a discussion led by Leonard S. Marcus. Learn about kids graphic novels, that evolving art form and growing category in bookstores and libraries. Sponsored by the Children’s Book Council Graphic Novel Committee.

From Prose to Graphic Novels

05/29/2019, 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Indie Publisher Stage   Language: English

A discussion among authors who have moved from prose writing to graphic novels, how they made the move, and the differences in the formats in both creation and end product.

Adult Book & Author Breakfast

May 30, 2019, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Main Stage

Television host and political commentator Rachel Maddow will host this highly anticipated event and she’ll be joined by some of the nation’s leading voices in adult literature including Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point, Outliers), Karin Slaughter (The Last Widow), Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Water Dancer), and Marjorie Liu (Monstress) for an insightful and lively discussion of their works and the industry.
They will be joined by attorney, New York Times bestselling author and comic book writer Marjorie Liu who will dissect her award-winning comic series Monstress co-created with Sana Takeda and published by Image Comics. In 2018, Monstress won a Hugo Award, British Fantasy Award, Harvey Award, and five Eisner Awards, making Liu the first-ever woman to win an Eisner in the Best Writer category. She was also nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the LGBTQ community in her comics including: X-23, Black Widow, Dark Wolverine and Astonishing X-Men.

The Word (Bubble) on Scholastic Graphix

05/30/2019, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Choice Stage   Language: English

From the fringes of the comic book store to the top of the bestseller list, graphic novels are here to stay. Learn about the graphic novels you should be saving space on your shelf for as well as resources and materials you can use to create your own comic community events. Attend the panel to receive a Scholastic Graphix gift bag!

Progress in LGBTQ+ Books and Authors in 2019: Grace Ellis, Mariko Tamaki, & Phil Stamper

05/31/2019, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Downtown Stage   Language: English

LGBTQ+ books, characters, and authors continue to play a critical role in today’s publishing landscape.  Please come to the Downtown Stage to join Lumberjanes co-creator and co-writer Grace Ellis (Moonstruck Vol 2), Eisner Award winner Mariko Tamaki (Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass), , and debut author Phil Stamper (The Gravity of Us – February 2020) as they discuss how their latest works fit into today’s writing industry.

BookExpo Graphic Novel Spotlight

05/31/2019, 10:20 AM – 11:05 AM

Choice Stage   Language: English

Join us for an essential preview of the most exciting graphic novels of Fall 2019: Stage Dreams, by Melanie Gillman; The Seventh Voyage, by Jon J Muth, Stargazing, by Jen Wang, and Rusty Brown, by Chris Ware. From kids to adult, science fiction to contemporary, these graphic novels span ages and categories – the most anticipated new work from some of the most inspiring creators in the field today. Moderated by Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly).

DC Showcase

05/31/2019, 11:15 AM – 11:50 AM

Choice Stage   Language: English

DC introduces DC Zoom, DC Ink, and DC Black Label to BookExpo 2019! Join Meg Cabot (Black Canary: Ignite, DC Zoom), Kami Garcia (Teen: Titans: Raven, DC Ink), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Aquaman Vol. 1: Unspoken Water, DC), and Sean Murphy (Batman: White Knight, DC Black Label), at this exciting showcase! Moderated by DC Publisher Dan DiDio.

Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler Present CURSED

05/31/2019, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

1E16  Language: English

The Lady of the Lake finds her voice in CURSED, a cinematic twist on the tale of King Arthur—soon to be an original Netflix series starring Katherine Langford in 2020! Join creators Tom Wheeler and legendary artist, producer, and director Frank Miller (300Batman: The Dark Night ReturnsSin City) for a not-to-be-missed discussion with Main Street Books’ co-owner, Emily Hall, about their debut YA coming-of-age novel about Nimue, who grows from a sheltered Priestess-in-training to a teenager hell-bent on revenge and finally, to a young woman with the power to change the fate of the world.

[This is an illustrated novel, not a graphic novel.]

That’s everything I could find… If you know of anything else, please leave a comment below!