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2019 CBC Graphic Novel Committee Programming at San Diego Comic-Con

Friday, July 19, 10 am – 4 pm

San Diego Public Library, Central Library

Shiley Special Events Suite, 9th floor


Program Lineup:

Graphic Novels ARE Books: Changing parent and educator opinions on graphic novels

With the rise in popularity of graphic novels, many parents and educators remain convinced that they’re not suitable reading material for kids. How can we change the narrative and the conversation to make graphic novels as mainstream as prose novels? Join panelists Margot Wood (Director Sales & Marketing, Oni Press), Gina Gagliano (Publishing Director, Random House Graphic), Julia Pohl-Miranda (Marketing Director, Drawn & Quarterly), and Liz Lareau (Geeky F@b 5) in a discussion moderated by Alea Perez (2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens chair). 10 am – 11 am

Crossover Appeal – Adult Comics Teens Love

There are lots of amazing comics that were written for adults and became hits among teen audiences. Learn about bestselling, critically acclaimed, and Eisner-nominated titles that teens will enjoy as much as their parents! Panelists include: Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb), Jason Lutes (Berlin) and Kevin Huizenga (The River at Night) and moderated by Adam Kullberg (Pop Culture Classroom). 11 am – 12 noon

Feminist Comics that Rock

Let’s celebrate the diversity of strong female characters, authors, and publishers in contemporary kids’ comics! Raina Telgemeier (Guts), Claudia Aguirre (Morning in America), Jennifer Holm (Sunny Rolls the Dice), and Peggy Burns (publisher, Drawn & Quarterly) are in a conversation moderated by Candice Mack (Eisner Awards Jury, LA Public Library). 12 noon – 1 pm

LGBTQ+ YA Graphic Novels

Join Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up with Me), Sarah Graley (Kim Reaper), Claudia Aguirre (Morning in America) and Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass) in their discussion of LGBTQ+ in Young Adult Graphic Novels. From developing authentic visual stories, to comics as a safe space for all identities. Moderated by Amanda Melilli (ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table). 1 pm – 2 pm

Kids and YA Graphic Novel Publishing: Behind the Scenes

Publishers are often referred to as the ‘gatekeepers’ of the book industry. But what goes on behind the scenes at a publishing house — how are the decisions made to publish, edit, design, market, and sell a graphic novel? What drives different publishers to produce the unique kind of work they do? This panel addresses these questions with the CBC Graphic Novel Committee member publishers. Panelists include: Julia Pohl-Miranda (Drawn & Quarterly), Mark Siegel (First Second), Abrams ComicArts, Andrew Arnold (HarperCollins). Moderated by Carla Riemer (Librarian, Claremont Middle School). 2 pm – 3 pm

Science and History Comics for Kids

Combining text and image can make complex or abstract subject matter more appealing, winning over even the most reluctant reader. Learn how graphic novels can be used to supplement lessons in STEM and history, and bring awareness to underrepresented and marginalized perspectives.  Panelists include: Jim Ottaviani (Hawking), MK Reed (Science Comics: Wild Weather), Ben Fisher and Emily S. Whitten (The Underfoot: The Mighty Deep). Moderated by Tracy Edmunds (Educational Consultant and Curriculum Specialist). 3 pm – 4 pm

About the Children’s Book Council

Children’s Book Council (CBC) is the nonprofit trade association for children’s book publishers in North America. The CBC offers children’s publishers, from independent presses to large houses, the opportunity to work together on issues of importance to the industry at large, including educational programming, diversity in employment and books, literacy advocacy, and partnerships with other national organizations. CBC staff also oversee the programs of Every Child a Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy charity whose popular national campaigns include Children’s Book Week, the longest-running literacy initiative in the country; the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, the only book awards chosen by children and teens; and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program, in partnership with the Library of Congress.

Media Contact:

Ryan Mita, Children’s Book Council, ryan.mita@cbcbooks.org

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