Ashleigh Jay is a all-ages writer for Bleeding Cool. She reports from Denver Comic Con and is 12 years old. Given the huge amount of programming for young people at Denver Comic Con, one of their missions, we were very happy to have Ashleigh on board to check out some of these events. She writes:
Denver Comic Con is big on supporting literacy for all ages. They try and encourage people to start reading at a young age through comics. Books are the next step up from reading comics. My father, sister, and I attended two panels that were focused on books.
The first panel was about the "What would the Doctor Read" which featured books that each different Doctors might read. The people featured at the panel were all librarians from the Denver Public Library who had chosen books for each Doctor based on the Doctors personality and character traits. They had started with the first doctor and ended with the twelfth. It was interesting to see the selections along with the reasons describing why they chose them. Some of the books chosen were:
- The Brass Sun by Ian Edgington
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
- The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Trouble by Gary Schmidt
- RASL by Jeff Smith
- The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
- Armageddon in Retrospect, and Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace by Kurt Vonnegut
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- The second panel we attended was "What Teenage Girls Want to Read". There were teenage girls talking about the aspects of a book such as, meaningful relationships, good storyline, honesty, interesting, and well written. These girls brought a lot of thoughtful descriptions and details about books. It was great to get to listen to them and get some ideas for new books I might read. Some of the books mentioned were the City of Bones series, Twilight series, and Fault in Our Stars; all of which I have already read. They also promoted seeking out fan fiction of your interests.
After the girls were done, they had some actual authors come up and answer questions about what they do. Some of the questions asked were: Is there some pressure to continue a series? Are there any tips and tricks to writing? What gets people started reading? The authors were great at answering the questions and were fun to talk to. This was definitely a good panel to go to if you have an interest in reading genre fiction.