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CBC Graphic Novel Committee panels at SDCC 2019

By Ryan Mita

Comic-Con International (CCI) celebrated their 50th show and CBC’s Graphic Novel Committee was delighted to provide programming! For the 4th year, we collaborated with CCI and San Diego Public Library for the Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians.

The panels were July 19 and discussion topics included:

Graphic Novels ARE Books: Changing Parent and Educator Opinions
Crossover Appeal: Adult Comics that Teens Love
Feminist Comics that Rock
LGBTQ+ YA Graphic Novels
Kids and YA Graphic Novel Publishing: Behind the Scenes
Science and History in Kids Comics

Panelists from "Feminist Comics that Rock"
“Feminist Comics that Rock” panelists clockwise from top: Jennifer Holm, Peggy Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Claudia Aguirre, Candice Mack

At “Feminist Comics that Rock”, Raina Telgemeier (Guts) brought up the influence of comic artist Lynda Barry on her career. Without missing a beat, fellow panelist Peggy Burns (Drawn & Quarterly) talked about the challenges of publishing Barry over a decade ago. “And it’s come full-circle now,” Burns said, referring to Telgemeier writing a blurb for Barry’s book.

The panelists on “Kids and YA Graphic Novel Publishing” represented a range of publishers from seasoned publishers (Abrams ComicArts and First Second) to new kid on the block (Harper Alley). Each publisher highlighted their exciting titles. Moderated expertly by Carla Riemer, the panel was engaging and professional throughout.

Panelists from "Science and History in Kids Comics"
“Science and History in Kids Comics” panelists ltr: Jim Ottaviani, Jeffrey Brown, Tracy Edmunds, Michelle Nguyen, Ben Fisher, Emily S. Whitten, MK Reed (seated)

Additional highlights included: Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb) discussing her working process and love for Lizzo. At one afternoon panel, Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) was in the audience! And amazing moderators like Alea Perez and Candice Mack who kept their discussions organized and informative.

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