ALA 2014 Las Vegas

Every Winter, the American Library Association holds a conference in an arctic clime (Philadelphia, Boston) where awards are announced and some networking and training is held.   In the Summer, it’s usually someplace sweltering (although DC in June is not that bad).  Last year, it was held in Chicago.  This year, Vegas. [1]

Yes, that is correct.  30,000 librarians and other attendees will be spending June 26 – July 1 in the city that never sleeps alone.  Yes, I had the same images floating through my head, but the truth is, librarians are about as normal as any other occupation, albeit better educated, more interesting, and able to discover all sorts of arcane miscellanea unknown to the general populace.  What could go wrong?!?

Of course, graphic novels are a big subject to librarians:

  • Comics appeal to reluctant readers who don’t like to read, but can’t ignore the four-color excitement!
  • Comics circulate like crazy.  Circulation = patron Use.  Patron Use = hard data which can be presented to justify an increase in the operating budget.  (This is why public libraries also have large cookbook sections.)
  • Many librarians were once young voracious readers because of comics and other fantastic fiction.  Ardent bibliophiles, they perpetually proselytize the discovery of “cool stuff”, especially to young readers.

So, once again, the American Library Association is offering a wide variety of programming and events at their annual conference.  Here’s most of what’s happening in the next few days.

[NOTE:  Most of this is happening on the Exhibits Floor, where the vendors sell their wares.  If you ask nicely, you can purchase an “exhibits only” pass for $35.  Two years ago, teens attending a volleyball tournament in the same convention center in Anaheim wandered the show floor looking young adult titles.  This pass will not get you into other events, but reading the list below, you won’t need to.

The show floor opens at 5 PM on Friday with snacks and drinks (!) until 7:30, then remains open 9-5 on Saturday and Sunday, and closes at 2PM on Monday.]

[Everything that follows was cut-and-pasted from the ALA website.  My comments are in brackets.]

Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

[The “Hall H” of comics programming!]

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, and Artist Alley, also on the Exhibit Floor.

Time Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
9:00-10:00am Mayfair Games T-Publications
10:00-11:00am Teachng With Comics Nathan Hale Author/Illustrator Panel
11:00-12:00pm Zine Presentation Eric Wight
12:00-1:00pm Will Eisner Awards Reading With Pictures Comics Bakery
1:00-2:00pm Alf Seegert Anya Ulinich
2:00-3:00pm Stacey King & Erik Ko- Manga Jesse Moynihan
3:00-4:00pm Frank Cammuso Panel: Brian Buccellato, Fancis Manapul, Peter Tomasi, and Patrick Gleason
4:00-5:00pm 5:30-7:00pm Comics Quickfire! Nick Dragotta Cosmo Eisele & Pierce Watters

 Comics Quickfire!

A fast-paced game show where volunteers are paired off with (or against) professional cartoonists in a series of fun-filled drawing challenges!

Audience members will provide suggestions and add to the creation of totally improvised epic drawings! Featuring Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Raina Telgemeier (Smile)

Mayfair Games

Mayfair Games, award winning publisher of the Settlers of Catan series of games, will speak about the importance of after school programs and game leagues, using board games to promote social gaming among adolescents and teens. We look forward to meeting you at the show and discussing the ways in which games can assist libraries around the nation in their important work developing and molding the minds of America’s youth.

Teaching with Comics — Featuring Matt Dembicki, Jason Rodriguez, Joel Gill, and Moderated by John Shableski

A panel discussion with three graphic illustrators and writers exploring the benefits of teaching with comics. The panelists have published books about history, culture and nature, all of which have been successful teaching and learning tools in the classroom and in libraries.

Zine Presentation

Lights! Cameras! Zines! Join zinesters from the Zine Pavilion as they read from their amazing and personal works. Hear stories from the heart that entertain, make you laugh or cry, or inspire you to create your own zine! Zinesters will also be available for further discussion at the Zine Pavilion.

Kelsey Smith, librarian and sporadic zine author from Olympia, Washington, will serve as emcee for the following superstars…

Alex Wrekk – has been creating the zine Brainscan since 1997 and is the author of the DIY zine resource book Stolen Sharpie Revolution. Alex lives in Portland, Oregon and is a founder and continued organizer of the Portland Zine Symposium. She hosts Nobody Cares About Your Stupid Zine Podcast, maintains zine resource listings at, organizes July Is International Zine Month, an runs the online and brick and mortar shop of Portland Button Works and zine distro. Alex also sings for the international zine themed band, the Copy Scams.

Jonas Cannon – is a zinester from Chicago. He made the six-issue zine Cheer the Eff Up, and contributed to several other compilations. He has also written a novel: The Greatest Most Traveling Circus.

Celia C. Pérez – is the author of I Dreamed I was Assertive, Ofrenda and Sherman Sez (a Sherman Alexie fanzine). She’s also a mama, writer, librarian, zine-maker, thing-finder, book-sniffer, coffee-drinker, pie-eater, and kid lit reader.

Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Announcement

Join authors Gene Leun Yang and Phil Yeh, and graphic novel librarians who will discuss the history and importance of graphic novels in education and libraries. This will be followed by the presentation of the 2014 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants to the two winning libraries. PLUS: Learn how your library can apply for the 2015 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants.

Alf Seegert

Alf is a life-longlover of board games, video games, and role-playinggames. He grew up on gameslike Dark Tower, Dungeons & Dragons, Tunnels & Trolls,Talisman, and the Ultima series. Alf went on to code a version of Dark Tower into the high school mainframe computer and has since designed half a dozen-or-so board games themed on everything from trolls to the Canterbury Tales: Bridge Troll, Trollhalla, and three games so far with Gryphon Games  The Road to Canterbury, Fantastiqa, and most recently, a co-design with Steven Poelzing, CUBIST.

Stacy King and Erik Ko – Manga

What makes a great graphic novel adaptation of a literary classic? In this panel, author Stacy King and editorial producer Erik Ko will discuss the process of adapting classic literature for the manga generation, with a focus on the first two titles in UDON Entertainment’s upcoming “Manga Classics” line. Topics will include working with the artist to develop a period-appropriate art style with contemporary appeal, maintaining faithfulness to the original work, and finding the right adaptation to suit your core curriculum needs.

Frank Cammuso

Someone stole Otto’s birthday! When Otto and his robot sidekick, Toot, follow the crook, they discover a topsy-turvy world where rats chase cats and people wear underpants over their clothes. To get his presents back, Otto needs to solve a slew of backwards puzzles — but his greatest challenge comes at the journey’s very end. On this special day, will Otto discover something even better than cake or gifts?

Frank Cammuso, who wrote and drew Otto’s adventure, is the author of the graphic novel series Knights of the Lunch Table, a middle-school version of King Arthur and his knights. His forthcoming series is The Misadventures of Salem Hyde. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, The Village Voice and Slate.

Nick Dragotta

What happens when you take a comic book artist, an inventor, and a toy designer? You get Howtoons. A Howtoon is an educational, entertaining, and beautifully illustrated adventure comic strip for kids that integrates instructions seamlessly into the story telling, teaching kids how to make toys and projects with everyday household objects. Introducing the science and engineering behind the projects, Howtoons encourage creative problem-solving skills, pushing kids to think beyond the information that is given and inspiring them to learn through experimentation.

Nick Dragotta is the acclaimed artist of East of West as well as Howtoons and will be presenting the Howtoons comics and one of the projects from its pages.

T-Publications – How Comics Can Increase Library Readership

Over the last ten years, more and more serious works of literature have been released as graphic novels.  Come and listen to UK comic book publisher Ryan O’Sullivan (T Pub) talk about how stocking “literary comics” gets more people of all ages reading in your library.  He will cover a range of topics, including:

  • What genres / titles to stock to really bring in new readers.
  • How comics can operate as a gateway into prose fiction and other traditional mediums.
  • The difference between comics, manga and graphic novels.
  • How book clubs are taking advantage of increased readership in comics.
  • And how comics are more cost-effective than prose, in terms of circulation, when it comes to library lending.

Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale is the author/illustrator of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series, a YALSA Great Graphic Novel pick. He is also the illustrator of the graphic novel Rapunzel’s Revenge, as an Al Roker Book Club for Kids selection, an ALA Notable Book, and a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, as well as the recipient of three starred reviews. He is also illustrator of the picture book The Dinosaurs’ Night Before Christmas.

For his new book in the series, Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood (A World War 1 Tale), Nathan has gathered some of the most fascinating true-life tales from the war and given them his inimitable Hazardous Tales twist. Easy to understand, funny, informative, and lively, this series is the best way to be introduced to some of the most well-known battles (and little known secrets) of the infamous war.

Eric Wight

Award-winning author/illustrator Eric Wight will be debuting his newest creation, Beastie Bash!, a wacky, mix-and-match card game for children. He will also be demonstrating how you can use this game in your classroom or library to inspire creative writing.

Comics That Make Kids Smarter- Gene Yang, Jim McClain, Tracy Edmunds, Josh Elder

With comics becoming more common in classrooms across the nation, how do we make sure those comics are actually good? Reading With Pictures presents an all-star lineup of creators and educators to share their insights in a roundtable moderated by Josh Elder (president, Reading With Pictures).

Anya Ulinich

Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel evokes Louis C.K.’s sensibilities and Amy Winehouse’s longing and anguish—often in the same frame—as Ulinich turns her sharp eye toward the strange, sometimes unmooring world of “grown-up” dating. After 15 years of marriage, 37-year-old Lena embarks on a string of online dates and receives a brutally eye-opening education in love, sex, and loss while raising her two teenage daughters. With references to Bernard Malamud and Chekhov along the way, this is a smart, funny story told beautifully through Ulinich’s text and drawings.

Jesse Moynihan

Jesse Moynihan is an American artist, composer and director best known for being a writer and storyboard artist on the animated television series Adventure Time as well as creator of the graphic novel Forming, serialized online and published by Nobrow. The second collection of Forming will be published in late May, 2014. He is working with his brother Justin on an animated series, Manly, that will be available exclusively through Cartoon Hangover.

Panel: Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul, Patrick Gleason, and Peter Tomasi

What does it take to create a new comic book? Find out at this amazing panel, where DC has assembled the entire creative team of a comic book, including the writer, penciller, and colorist! Learn how a new project is developed before the script is even written, and the many steps that happen after the artwork is complete, with the creative team behind Flash, Batman and Robin and Detective Comics – Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul, Patrick Gleason, and Peter Tomasi.

Brian Buccellato has worked on several high-profile books, including Uncanny X-Men, Generation X, and Astro City, before striking out on his own as a freelance colorist. His most recent work includes writing and coloring The Flash as a part of DC Comics–The New 52. Brian has worked as a freelance colorist since 1996, working for Marvel, DC, Vertigo, Top Cow, Image and Dynamite Entertainment. His recent coloring credits include Adventure Comics, Hellblazer, Superman, and The Flash.

Francis Manapul is the artist and co-writer of The Flash, which is part of DC Comics-The New 52. His previous work for DC Comics includes books such as Adventure Comics, Superman/Batman, and The Legion of Super Heroes. His work has been published in various publications including Aspen Comics, Editions Delcourt, Top Cow Productions, and Devils Due.

Formerly an editor at DC Comics, Peter Tomasi proudly helped usher in new eras for Green Lantern, Batman, and JSA along with special projects like Kingdom Come and JSA All-Stars, Peter J. Tomasi now devotes his time to writing comics and screenplays. Having worked on many DC titles,  along with critically acclaimed creator-owned projects Light Brigade and The Mighty, Peter’s current projects include Batman and Robin and Green Lantern Corps.

Patrick Gleason loves to create fantastic characters and worlds. His focus on character development and powerful storytelling can be seen in DC’s Batman and Robin, Green Lantern Corps, Aquaman, JLA, Hawkman and JSA. His ground-laying work alongside Geoff Johns and Dave Gibbons on the miniseries Green Lantern Corps: Recharge made way for the acclaimed ongoing series. The Sinestro Corps War followed, and then the explosive Blackest Night with Peter J Tomasi. And now, as part of DC Comics New 52, Patrick continues to lend his artistic vision to the dynamic duo of Batman and Robin.

Pathfinder Roleplaying – Cosmo Eisele and Pierce Watters

The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is the number one fantasy roleplaying game in the world, and this presentation focuses on how to run the game in your library, concentrating on the Pathfinder Beginner Box. It is a tabletop fantasy game which teaches cooperative play, where players must work together to solve problems and achieve goals.

Comic Book Legal Defense Team Panel

Presents Get Ready for Banned Books Week!

Author Illustrator Panel-Raina Telgemeier, Tom Angleberger, Cece Bell

Tom Angleberger is a master chronicler and doodler of middle school antics. His New York Times bestselling series Origami Yoda has over  five million copies in print and will be coming to an end in the fall of 2014 with the sixth and final book. He is launching a new series in May titled The Qwikpick Papers.

Cece Bell has written and illustrated several books for children, including the Geisel Honor book Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover. Her new book out in the fall, El Deafo, is a funny, deeply honest graphic novel memoir for middle graders about growing up deaf.

Raina Telgemeier is the creator of the graphic memoir Smile, a #1 New York Times bestseller, winner of the Will Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and a Boston Globe-Hornbook Honor Book. She also created  Drama,  a #1 New York Times bestseller that received a Stonewall Book Award Honor and adapted and illustrated The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels. Raina will be talking about the companion volume to Smile.

Comics Bakery – Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Jerzy Drozd

A live performance graphic novel theater involving lots of audience participation and silliness. Raina Telgemeier (Drama), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and Jerzy Drozd (Cap’n Cat) will perform chapters from some of their latest comics.

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[What follows is a concise (?) choronological list of most of the comics programming I could find on the ALA website.  Aside from the events listed above, most are restricted to librarians.  Everything is located in the convention center, unless noted otherwise.]

Graphic Novel / Gaming Stage – Comics Quickfire!

When: Friday, June 27, 2014 – 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location:Exhibit Hall – Graphic Novel / Gaming Stage

Meet the Authors: Gene Luen Yang (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)

When: Friday, June 27, 2014 – 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 523


The Shadow Hero
In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity… The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.

Book Buzz Theater: Diaries, Patchworks, Pushcarts and more…

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 9:30am to 10:00am

Location: Exhibit Hall – Book Buzz Theater


Come hear about all the best children’s titles from the publishing partners of Random House, Inc. (i.e. Quirk Books, Nat Geo Kids, Archie Comics, Charlesbridge, NYRB, and MORE!)

Graphic Novel / Gaming Stage – Teaching with Comics — Matt Dembicki, Jason Rodriguez, Joel Gill

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Exhibit Hall – Graphic Novel / Gaming Stage

Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: S224


Speaker: Brian Buccellato
Speaker: Francis Manapul
Speaker: Patrick Gleason
Speaker: Peter Tomasi


Throughout his 75 year history, the Dark Knight has become one of the most popular and widely recognized super heroes in the world. From comics to TV to movies to video games, the World’s Greatest Detective has permeated all entertainment mediums and beyond. Come by for a look at Batman’s rich history and what the future holds this pop culture icon!

Panelist(s): Pete Thomasi, Pat Gleason from Batman & Robin, Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul from The Flash and Detective Comic, Batman Group Editor – Mark Doyle; Moderator: Mike Pawuk

Presented by the Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries MIG with thanks to DC Comics

ALA Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Interest Group Business Meeting

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: N238


Business meeting of ALA’s Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries MIG. The group will report on recent projects and discuss plans for future programming and projects

stan_lee_160x160Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Stan Lee

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: N249


Treat yourself to magical superpowers, a sinister conspiracy, and an
unlikely hero with Stan Lee, known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry and whose co-creations include Spider-Man™, The Avengers ™, X-Men™, Iron Man™, The Incredible Hulk™, The Fantastic Four™, and hundreds of others.
Lee will talk among other things about his forthcoming action-packed illustrated novel Zodiac, based on the Chinese Zodiac. Co-written with Stuart Moore and illustrated by Andie Tong, it follows Steven Lee, a young Chinese-American teen who is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy surrounding twelve mystical pools of energy and a power-hungry secret organization. (January 2015, Disney Publishing Worldwide.)
Lee remains Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, serves on the Editorial Board of Marvel Comics, and is currently Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment, a multimedia entertainment company he co-founded. POW! has debuted several titles including Solider Zero, Traveler, and Starborn with Boom Comics, Stan Lee and the Mighty 7 with Archie and A Squared Entertainment, and Romeo and Juliet: The War with 1821 Comics. Lee has been involved in creating feature film scripts, a live action musical, and is working on Indian and South American superhero franchises.
Sponsored By: Disney Publishing Worldwide

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund – Intellectual Freedom and the Defense of Graphic Novels and Comic Books

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: N240


Speaker: Charles Brownstein


The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization that protects the freedom to read comics. At this presentation, learn how they have been a leader in opposing censorship for nearly 30 years by performing legal aid, education, and advocacy activities in the service of the community that reads, creates, and circulates comics. CBLDF’s Executive Director Charles Brownstein tells the organization’s story, introducing you to the readers, retailers and artists that the organization has stood up for in court. He’ll also profile their extensive education activities that range from sharing the history of comics censorship to providing letters and resources that help keep books on shelves.
In the past year, CBLDF has helped protect dozens of books, from Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis to Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl. CBLDF’s publications Raising A Reader and Using Graphic Novels in Education are vital tools in helping the next generation of teachers, librarians, and parents use comics to promote literacy. CBLDF Presents Manga and CBLDF’s daily news blog are just two of the numerous resources the CBLDF offers in the spirit of preventing censorship by expanding education and understanding about comics. The Fund’s efforts to fight censorship in courtrooms and classrooms are essential to protecting the future of comics. Learn what this small, but vital organization does, and how you can be a part of their ongoing mission!

Meet the Authors: Josh Elder (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 309


Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter
Comics have gone from “scourge of the classroom” to legitimate teaching tools, and the Common Core State Standards for scholastic achievement now explicitly recommend their use in the classroom.

Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter unites the finest creative talents in the comics industry with the nation’s leading experts in visual literacy to create a game-changing tool for the classroom and beyond. This full-color volume features more than a dozen short stories (fiction and nonfiction) that address topics in Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, and Science, while offering an immersive textual and visual experience kids will enjoy.

Bringing the Comic Festival to YOUR Library!

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 3:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: N263


A unique blend of comics, artists, writers, fans, teachers, and librarians, the Toronto Comics Arts Festival has become one of the premier comics events in North America. In the first hour, learn how a public library and a comic book store work together to create a successful community-wide program that attracts guests and attendees from around the world. Then, in the second hour, walk through a series of plans for building comics events in YOUR library, in an interactive session! Featured speakers include Christopher Butcher (The Beguiling); Andrew Woodrow Butcher (Little Island Comics); Gina Gagliano (First Second); Phyllis Jacklin (Toronto Public Library). Moderated by Eva Volin.

Presented by the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries MIG

Graphic Novel / Gaming Stage – Nick Dragotta

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Exhibit Hall – Graphic Novel / Gaming Stage

Makerspace and Digital Badging: New Avenues To Help Students Show What They Know

When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: N252


Speaker: Kristin Fontichiaro


There are many pathways to learning and learning is happening everywhere: schools, libraries, clubs, community centers, homes, and religious organizations. A makerspace culture, one that emphasizes creation over memorization, open-source sharing over siloed knowledge, and process over product, gives new ways for students to explore concepts and show what they know. Coupled with makerspace culture is a movement to flexibly acknowledge growth: digital or open badges. In this session, we’ll talk about budget-friendly school library makerspaces, strategies for promoting healthy makerspace culture, and validating growth via digital badges that go far beyond the sticker charts of the past.

Sponsors: AASL (The American Association of School Librarians)

The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant Celebration

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Caesars Palace Milano II


This reception is a celebration of Will Eisner’s contribution to the creation of the graphic novel format and recognition of the librarians who have and continue to foster a love of the comics medium. The winners of the 2014 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries will be introduced.

Graphic Novel / Gaming Stage – How comics can increase library readership

When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Exhibit Hall – Graphic Novel / Gaming Stage

Best and Worst Manga

When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: N116


Join us as an opinionated group of manga and comics bloggers, retailers, and librarians rant and rave about the best new manga that debuted in the past year, the continuing manga series most worth reading, the most anticipated upcoming releases, and of course, the worst manga that you’d best avoid. Panelists include Christopher Butcher (The Beguiling,, Eva Volin (Alameda Free Library, Good Comics for Kids), Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library, In the Library With a Comic Book), Deb Aoki (MangaComicsManga)

Presented by the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries MIG

Meet the Authors: Jason Rodriguez (Consortium Book Sales & Distribution)

When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 343


Colonial Comics
Colonial Comics is a graphic novel collection of twenty stories focusing on the colonial period from 1620 through 1750 in New England. Created in partnership with the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Concord Museum, these illustrated stories focus on tales you cannot find in history books. Includes stories about free thinkers, Pequots, Jewish settlers, female business owners and dedicated school teachers, whales and livestock, slavery and frontiers, and many other aspects of colonial life.

Meet the Authors: Matt Dembicki (Consortium Book Sales & Distribution)

When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 11:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 343


Wild Ocean
The world’s oceans represent the last wild frontier on Earth. While our understanding of life in the ocean is relatively basic, our actions are putting hundreds of species in danger. In this graphic anthology, Matt Dembicki, editor and artist of the award-winning Trickster and District Comics, explores the adventures of twelve iconic endangered sea animals: hawksbill turtle, bluefin tuna, hammerhead shark, giant clam, manatee, blue whale, coral, albatross, whale shark, monk seal, manta ray, and seahorse. Produced in cooperation with the non-profit PangeaSeed, these gripping stories instill a passion to conserve our magnificent sea creatures.

Graphic Novel / Gaming Stage – Comics That Make Kids Smarter- Gene Yang, Jim McClain, Tracy Edmunds, Josh Elder

When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Exhibit Hall – Graphic Novel / Gaming Stage


With comics becoming more common in classrooms across the nation, how do we make sure those comics are actually good? Reading With Pictures presents an all-star lineup of creators and educators to share their insights in a roundtable moderated by Josh Elder (president, Reading With Pictures).

PopTop Stage: Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Exhibit Hall – PopTop Stage


Congressman John Lewis’ graphic novel memoir March: Book One, co-written by Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell, is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, one of YALSA’s Outstanding Books for the College Bound, and the first graphic novel winner of a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

Together, co-authors Lewis and Aydin will discuss the phenomenal success of March: Book One, show how it fits into the long history of comics in the civil rights movement, and preview the much-anticipated Book Two.

Sponsored by Top Shelf Productions

Book Buzz Theater: Manga Highlights from the Davids

When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 2:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Exhibit Hall – Book Buzz Theater


David Eicke from VIZ Media (Naruto, Ouran High School) and David “Wonderful” Yoo from Kodansha (Sailor Moon, Attack of Titan) will discuss the year’s most exciting upcoming manga titles.

Graphic Novel / Gaming Stage – Panel: Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul, Patrick Gleason, and Peter Tomasi

When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Exhibit Hall – Graphic Novel / Gaming Stage

Graphic Novel Petting Zoo

When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: N116


Speaker: Amanda Jacobs Foust
Speaker: Jack Baur


Do you have a graphic novel collection and need ideas for how to bump up the selection? Are you worried that your limited budget is preventing you from purchasing the best of the best? Do you have no idea what the best books are? Graphic Novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developers Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library) and Amanda Jacobs Foust (Marin County Free Library) will introduce you to many of the best comics released this year and allow you to flip through the books and judge for yourself.

Presented by the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics MIG

Let’s talk comics: A roundtable discussion

When: Monday, June 30, 2014 – 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: N263


It’s a wild free for all with comics creators, librarians, and everyone keen to understand how to create engaging graphic novels and comics in today’s diverse industry. Join comics professionals and your fellow librarians for a roundtable discussion on everything from growing up with comics, writing for different age audiences, everyone’s toughest jobs, ideal workspaces, most tempting work distractions, valued critics, and favorite go-to sources ofinspiration. Creators will quiz each other, and with the guidance of moderator librarian Mike Pawuk members of the audience will get their chance to talk comics with this stellar line up.

Presented by the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries MIG

Graphic Novel / Gaming Stage – Comics Bakery – Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Jerzy Drozd

When: Monday, June 30, 2014 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Exhibit Hall – Graphic Novel / Gaming Stage

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[1] “Las Vegas” refers to the actual city.  “Vegas” is what I use to refer to the tourist area, officially known as “Paradise, NV”.  The convention center, the Strip, the airport, even the University of Nevada-Las Vegas are all located outside the city limits.

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