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New York Comic Con Professional Day at The New York Public Library

New York Comic Con has always offered a number of panels geared toward professional educators, teachers, and librarians. This year, NYCC is teaming up with New York Public Library to expand its Professional Day with exclusive programming, which will include panels, networking opportunities, and workshops.

This free, ticketed event (open to librarians, teachers, and educators) takes place on Thursday, October 5 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at New York Public Library's iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in Bryant Park, which is located near the 7 Train at 476 5th Avenue (enter at 42nd Street near 5th Avenue).

Applications for NYCC professional badges are now closed.  However, if you would like to join the waitlist, please fill out the form here. Please note: a NYCC professional badge is required for entry.

Laurie Halse Anderson
Ngozi Ukazu

Keynote: Talking About Tough Topics in YA Comics with Laurie Halse Anderson and Ngozi Ukazu
Sex, drugs, familyYA comics tackle tough topics in words and pictures. Two authors, Laurie Halse Anderson (whose SPEAK graphic novel with Emily Carroll will be forthcoming from FSG BYR next year) and Ngozi Ukazu (whose #1 Kickstarter comic CHECK PLEASE will be coming up from First Second Books next fall) come together to discuss how to tackle both the good times and the bad times in teenagers' lives in words and pictures, with interviewer Heidi MacDonald (The Beat).

Click on the book covers below to request Laurie Halse Anderson books to your local NYPL branch or on the MyLibraryNYC Teacher Set link to have a set delivered to your participating school:

(FSG, 1999)
(Viking, 20070)
(Viking, 2009)
The Impossible Knife of Memory (Viking, 2014)
Teacher Set
Teacher Set
(Simon & Shuster, 2008)
(Simon & Shuster, 2010)
(Simon & Shuster, 2016)
Fever, 1793
(Simon & Shuster, 2000)
Teacher Set
Teacher Set
Teacher Set
Teacher Set

The Decade in Comics: First Second Books and the Changing Face of the Graphic Novel
How has the comics industry changed in the past ten years? In almost every way! Join the :01 Creative and Editorial Director of First Second, Mark Siegel, in a discussion of the rise of graphic novels, kids comics, and diverse works and how this is changing the industry now -- and will continue to make waves in years to come.
Lesson Planning for the Comics Classroom
Attendees of this workshop/panel will take with them strategies and a mini-unit they can use almost immediately in their classrooms. We will discuss what an ideal introductory comic unit looks like as well as a skills-based unit incorporating comics. Other items of note include how to put on Socratic Seminars and Lit Circles using graphic novels, and using single issues as writing prompts.
Gaming in Libraries
The benefits of Gaming in the Libraries from playing board games to video games. How Games can improving student and parent engagement and help students develop critical thinking skills. How Gaming has gotten so popular in pop culture and librarians and teachers use games to teach! Games can help improve student and parent engagement and help students develop critical thinking skills on how New York Public Library and New York City School Libraries develop Gaming Culture.
Citizen-Centric Library Advocacy: Building People Power for your Branch
How can librarians and library patrons address some of the big issues challenging the field? Funding, net neutrality, and In every congressional district in the country, people like you are starting local groups and leading local actions. Whether advocacy work are second nature or you are just getting started, you can be an effective advocate. You already have the most important and valuable tool you need: your personal story. Come to this town hall meeting, hear a brief overview of shifting tides that may affect libraries across the country, and share your story.
#ReadMoreComics: Collection Development and Readers Advisory
Join librarians, collection development specialists, and educators as they discuss their favorite comics, their tools for buying and evaluating quality comics, and their suggestions for what to read next!
Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries 101
Crazy about comics? Looking to share that passion with your library community? The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries can help! These grants, awarded annually by The Will Eisner Family Foundation and administered through ALA’s Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Interest Group and the Games & Gaming Round Table, will make it possible to expand your graphic novel collections and programs. No, it doesn’t matter that you’ve never written a grant proposal before. Or that you haven’t been involved with the RT or MIG in the past. And, yes, you’re ideas are plenty good enough. So come join a Will Eisner Foundation representative, a former Eisner grant winner, and a review committee juror to learn about the different grants available and how to win one for your library.
Girl Power Comics: Middle-Grade Fiction for Girls (and Boys)
The creators behind some of the most popular middle-grade graphic novels discuss creating stories with strong, positive female characters. Moderated by Brigid Alverson (Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal), the conversation will also cover the importance of overcoming the lingering perception that comics are only for boys.
NYPL Connecting Pros and Librarians
Professional librarians and comic book professionals will join together to share insights, network, and create new connections. This pro-level networking session will help create connections between comic book creators and the librarians who curate creative materials. Comic creators include Nelson DeCastro (Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Professor SVA), Alex Simmons (DC Comics), Buddy Scalera (Marvel Comics), Paul Mounts (Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics). Support by James McGill, Janet Scalera, & Gina Balogh.
Valiant 101: Behind Comics’ Largest Independent Universe
Since returning to the fore with a best-selling relaunch in 2012, Valiant has established itself as one of the most acclaimed and respected publishers in comics today with series like Jeff Lemire’s BLOODSHOT REBORN, Jody Houser’s FAITH, Matt Kindt’s X-O MANOWAR, Fred Van Lente’s ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, and dozens more. Join us here for an in-depth introduction to the fundamentals of the Valiant line and the best entry points into the publisher’s renowned superhero universe.
Mediating Cultural Encounters: Creating Spaces for Media and Language Learning In Student Clubs
Panel participants will have a chance to gather resources and trade ideas through interactive discussions centered on the importance of after-school media clubs for deepening literacy practices and cultural knowledge while also building community within schools. Students and teachers from the New Media Club of the International High School at Prospect Heights will use our experiences as the foundation for a broad discussion on why affinity spaces matter for a diverse range of kids.
Hot Off the Press in Children's Books
From Dragons to babysitters, learn about the latest graphic novels for kids straight from the artists and creators. Bestselling authors and emerging talent discuss why they write for kids, their creative process, and their latest projects. A perfect preview for the young and young at heart. Featuring Tui Sutherland (Wings of Fire), Laura Terry (Graveyard Shakes), Gale Galligan (Baby Sitters Club), Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm (Swing It, Sunny), and Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy).
Handling Challenges and Bans
Comics are uniquely vulnerable to challenges and bans, especially comics for teen audiences. Learn about challenged and banned comics and what you can do if they're challenged in your school or library.
French Comics Kiss Better: Bande Dessinée 101, Presented by the French Comics Association
Come discover the beauty of bande dessinée, and learn about the rich Franco-Belgian comics tradition. French comics are proven to translate into American bestsellers, from Tintin to Persepolis to Valerian. Meet star creators such as Zep (A Strange Man), Penelope Bagieu (Brazen), Mathieu Lauffray (Valerian and Long John Silver) and newcomers with English-language debuts like Valerie Vernay (Water Memory) and Alexis Sentenac (Siberia 56). Moderated by Meg Lemke, French Comics Association.
Building a Culture of Reading: Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga in Schools
School librarians and educators who have been successful in developing a rich culture of reading at their schools will share how to make that happen at your school. We will be discussing: (1) How to curate a diverse collection of comics, graphic novels, & manga. (2) How to get administration/parents on board in understanding the benefits to literacy. (3) How to get students invested in a school-wide reading culture, through the use of comics in classrooms, after school clubs, and special events.
How Pop Culture Topics can Transform the Conversation at Your Library
This panel will focus on the ALA Libraries Transform campaign and how libraries use popular culture topics to entice and engage patrons. After a brief overview of the campaign, panelists will delve into specific ways libraries can use Libraries Transform, along with pop culture, to increase library use. Examples include this year’s Library Card Sign Up Month honorary chairs, Teen Titans; how iconic characters can draw a wide range of ages and interests, using popular graphic novel titles, such as The Walking Dead; and how programs are created to appeal to those interested in the books/TV shows. The session will also cover professional resources/groups which librarians can join to meet with peers who are interested in the same topics as them. These examples and ideas will show how libraries form a community for fans in any area and demonstrate how this approach can be used to transform the idea of what, and who, libraries are.
Author Speed-Dating (organized by the CBC GN Committee)
Meet the authors! In this special speed dating event, presented by the CBC Graphic Novel Committee, NYCC @ NYPL attendees have a chance to meet some of the fantastic authors attending New York Comic-Con this year, and talk to them about their work, their process, and what they've got in progress.
Books As Flint: Using Graphic Novels to Spark Political Activism
Whether it be in the classroom or in the home, it can be difficult to open conversations about politics, race, religion, misogyny, and bigotry. This panel will explore comic/graphic novel titles that work to open up those conversations as well as hopefully spark some political/social activism among those affected. We will also explore activism options that could be/have been incepted from these reads.
BOOM! Studios - Presentation at New York Public Library
Graphic Sex: Comics, New Media, and the Queering of Sex Education
Feeling good about our bodies, our identities, and our sexual desires should come naturally. Instead, many of us in the queer community still feel uncomfortable and without options when it comes to exploring and expressing who we are and what we like. Join artists, authors, creators, librarians, and a family practice physician to discover how sex-positive, non-fiction comics, videos, and zines, can help promote healthy sex lives and teach all of us--kids to adults--to be proud of who we are.


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