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Image Comics, ALA team up for week of library livestreams

The programming coincides with Banned Books Week.

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Image Comics and the American Library Association are teaming up for a week of library livestreams, timed to coincide with Banned Books Week.

These library livestreams actually started on Monday, but there are still three left. And they include conversations with comics creators, experts and others within the industry, such as Ronald Wimberly, Nate Powell, Michelle Perez, Grace Ellis, and David F. Walker, among others. These webinars are taking place every day this week at 1 p.m. Eastern, and they will see the creators talking with librarians about timely and pressing topics, ranging from post-colonial narratives to how privatization of prison libraries impacts access.

This content can be found each day on the American Libraries Association’s YouTube Channel. Also, if you’re interested in checking out the library livestreams from Monday and Tuesday (and you absolutely should be, you can find Monday here and Tuesday here.

The full press release about the library livestreams content can be found below:

Image Comics is celebrating Banned Books Week with the ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table and the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table by producing a week of Library Livestream webinars featuring creators and librarians in conversation on a number of pressing topics.

Libraries around the country are invited to welcome their patrons for these exciting creator conversations during Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read.

The webinars are scheduled daily during Banned Books Week – September 23–27 at 12 pm CT (1 pm ET / 10 am PT) and will be hosted on the Zoom platform and live-streamed to the American Library Association YouTube channel.

REGISTER FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL LIVESTREAM BELOW:

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – HISTORICAL VOICES
Andre R. Frattino (SIMON SAYS) and Sanford Green (BITTER ROOT) in conversation with Dr. Katie Monnin (Author of 8 books on teaching graphic novels, Why so serious? Productions Founder) about banned voices throughout history.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – BANNED PEOPLE & POST-COLONIAL NARRATIVES
Sloane Leong (PRISM STALKER) and Henry Barajas (VOZ DE M.A.Y.O. TATA RAMBO) in conversation with Alea Perez (GNCRT President-Elect) about banned people, the legacy of colonialism in literature and popular culture, and the rise of post-colonial voices.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 – BANNED BOOKS & CIVIL RIGHTS
Ronald Wimberly (BLACK HISTORY IN ITS OWN WORDS) and Nate Powell (MARCH) in conversation with Scott Bonner (IFRT, Ferguson Municipal Public Library Director) about the role of censorship in civil rights movements, and how their comics address legacies of erasure.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – LGBTQ CHALLENGES
Michelle Perez (THE PERVERT) and Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK) in conversation with Monica Barette (Principal Librarian at Chula Vista Library) about the disproportionately high incidence of bans and challenges levied against LGBTQ+ books and programs in libraries.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 – PRIVATIZATION & GATEKEEPING
David F. Walker (BITTER ROOT) in conversation with Ray James (IFRT Coalition Building Committee) about how privatization impacts access, particularly as it relates to prison libraries. This discussion will also touch on gatekeeping and biases.

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