reading with pictures
Reading with Pictures (Booth 1468), an advocacy organization which promotes learning to read via comics, has a pretty big slate of programming at C2E2:


Room E352, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

A Brief History of Cartoons,Comics and Graphic Novels: Putting It All Into Context
It may seem like the term “graphic novel” has suddenly sprung out of nowhere, but the evolution of this dynamic format has a history that has played a vital role in world culture dating back tens of thousands of years. This program will help to connect the dots and provide a much clearer picture of how this came to be — and where it is headed next.
Presented by John Shableski.

Room E352, 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM

The Magic Of Reading From The Creator’s Perspective
Learn first-hand from comics creators why this medium and this format are such an incredible opportunity to engage new readers. The art of story development, character design, and hand lettering for dialog all play integral and critical roles which allow the reader full immersion in the reading experience.
Presented by Joshua Elder.

Room E267, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

CSC: Teaching- Comics & Empowerment
Josh Elder, (Reading With Pictures) investigates the use of comics for
describing, understanding, and influencing students’ literacy skills through usage of comic books in classroom and library settings, investigations of the cognitive activities that underlie processing of comics, and development of educational interventions that rely on comics to foster interest and learning. Christopher Deis (DePaul University) focuses on the dynamics of using the graphic novel as a means of exploring politics, particularly focusing on national trauma with 9-11 and Marvel’s Civil War and the politics of race in Maus, Captain America’s the
Truth, and Scalped.


Variant Stage, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Reading With Pictures Iron Artist Tournament
Watch nearly a dozen of your favorite artists compete head-to-head on stage in the ultimate speed-drawing contest! The audience (That’s YOU!) decides what the artists have to draw, and then our judges decide who drew it best. For in the end, there can be only one… Iron Artist!
ARTISTS: Jill Thompson, Jeffrey Brown,Raina Telgemeier, Aaron Reiner, Dirk Tiede, John Bivens, Jen Brazas, Brion Foulke, and Joe Dunn with more to come!


Variant Stage, 11:30 AM to 12:00PM

Mail Order Ninja…LIVE!
Join “Mail Order Ninja” creator Josh Elder and the rest of the Reading With Pictures team as they bring the award-winning story of a boy and his ninja to life on stage. And be sure to stick around for an exclusive C2E2 preview of the next all-new “Mail Order Ninja” story.
Performed by Josh Elder, Trevor Mueller, Steve Wallace, Katie Doland and Russell Lissau.

Room E267, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Graphic Novel Events For Your School Or Library: The Benefits And How-To’s Of Creating Clubs, Presentations, And Workshops
This presentation will reveal elements of successful programs that generate “community buzz” and attract new patrons, tweens, and teens as well as adult readers to your library or retail operation.
Presented by Joshua Elder.

Room E271A, 1:45 to 3:15

Comic Book Literacy
Comic Book Literacy is a documentary film that showcases the utilization of comic books to promote literacy and education. Comic book writers and artists,as well as scholars and historians, discuss concepts relating to the topic in both an historical and contemporary context.

Variant Stage, 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

We take our smiles for granted, but Raina Telgemeier had to earn hers. Join Raina and the Reading With Pictures players as they bring her heartwarming and hilarious story to life on stage. And be sure to stick around for an exclusive preview of Raina’s next project.
PERFORMERS: Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman

Variant Stage, 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Making Comics the Ninja Way
Comic fans of all ages… Join nationally syndicated cartoonist Josh Elder as he teaches you how to write, draw and publish your very own comics. Be sure to bring paper, pencils and plenty of imagination!

Room E267, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Getting Your Graphic Novel Collection Started
Whether your collection is for the classroom, school library center, public library, or a retail operation, there are some basic guidelines to follow that can help you create a solid foundation for your collection. This program will provide an introductory approach and things that can influence the kinds of books you shelve: community atmosphere, market objectives, and methods for creating an effective program to reach your goals. Presented by John Shableski.

Variant Stage, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Reading With Pictures Read Along
For the first time ANYWHERE, see an exclusive preview of the forthcoming all-ages anthology “Reading With Pictures” that benefits efforts to bring comics into the classroom. Then watch as the creators come together on stage to bring their certified awesome stories to life. Performed by Josh Elder, Trevor Mueller, Katie Doland, Russell Lissau, Steve Wallace, Michael Moreci and Raina Telgemeier.


  1. Hey Heidi, It was great to see you at the ICV2 program(though we didnt get to talk) thanks for the pump on the programs. The amount of programming is a little aggressive but we are finding some great Chicago area librarians and educators with whom we can collaborate for next year’s programming.

    As it is, there’s another symposium for teachers and librarians slated for Northwestern University on April 25th.



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