Tomorrow sees the start of Library Con Live, a virtual streaming day from Library Journal and School Library Journal that answers the question, what would you get if you crossed a library with a c0mic convention and put in online?
Here's the agenda for the day.
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Opening Keynote
Sam Maggs and Delilah Dawson in Conversation
Two comics writers discuss crafting narratives and characters for Marvel Action, writing for middle grade and YA readers, and being on both sides of the "fangirl" experience. Sam Maggs is the author of The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History. She is also currently writing a middle-grade "Marvel Action: Captain Marvel" series for IDW. Delilah Dawson, a NYT bestselling author, writes the "Marvel Action: Spider Man" series and is currently penning a YA series for IDW called "Star Pig."
Moderator: Kiera Parrott, LJ & SLJ Reviews Director
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | Panel 1 | Fantastic World Building
Mystical Viking warriors. China in 484 A.D. A ruthless galactic empire. A modern Gothic nightmarescape. A secret society of black magicians. While wildly different, each of the works highlighted by the authors and artists on this panel share a common trait: exemplary world-building. Creators discuss how they construct intricate and believable fantastic worlds.
Natasha Alterici, Heathen, Vol. 2 (Vault Comics)
Hannah Templer, Cosmoknights; GLOW vs. the Star Primas (Top Shelf/IDW)
Brandon Thomas, Excellence, Vol. 1 (Image)
Sherry Thomas, The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan (Lee & Low)
Moderator: Jody Osicki, Community Services Librarian, New Brunswick Public Library Service
12:15 PM – 12:30 PM | Break
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM | Lunch Keynote
Henry Barajas, La Voz de M.A.Y.O Tata Rambo (Image)
In La Voz de M.A.Y.O.: Tata Rambo, Henry Barajas tells the true story of how his grandfather, Ramon Jaurigue (a.k.a. Tata Rambo), co-founded the Mexican, American, Yaqui, and Others (M.A.Y.O.) organization, which successfully lobbied the Tucson City Council to improve living and working conditions for members of the Pascua Yaqui and led to federal recognition of the Yaqui tribe.
Moderator: Vanessa Willoughby, SLJ Associate Editor, Nonfiction
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM | Panel 2 | Stories That Engage Young Readers (and Beyond)
Relatable heroes, adventure-filled journeys, and laugh-out-loud truisms define these narratives for middle grade and teen readers. In this panel, authors and artists will discuss how they craft the highly engaging stories that young readers crave.
Drew Brockington, CatStronauts series; Hangry (Little, Brown)
Will Henry, Snug Harbor Stories: A Wallace the Brave Collection (Andrews McMeel)
Lucy Knisley, Stepping Stones (RHCB)
Sarah Kuhn, Shadow of the Batgirl (DC)
Christine Taylor-Butler, The Lost Tribe: Trials (Move)
Jen Wang, Stargazing (Macmillan)
Moderator: Mahnaz Dar, SLJ Graphic Novels Editor
1:45 PM – 2:15 PM | Fast Learning Session 1: How the Arlington Public Library Does Their ComicCon Program
Thinking about hosting a ComicCon-style event at your library? Hear Tamera Miller, Program Specialist at the Arlington Public Library (TX), discuss her library's highly successful model, and learn how to plan, market, and run your own Con.
Moderator: Stephanie Sendaula, LJ Associate Editor
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM | Sneak Peek: LJ and SLJ's Best Graphic Novels of 2019
Kiera Parrott, LJ/SLJ reviews director, will give LibraryCon Live! attendees a special sneak peek into the titles that made Library Journal and School Library Journal's respective 2019 Best Books lists.
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM | Break
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM | Panel 3 | Portrait of the Artists
Though their styles and techniques vary greatly, the artists on this panel share a commitment to excellence in visual storytelling. This panel will offer a behind-the-scenes deep dive into their artistic processes.
Erin Nations, Gumballs (Top Shelf/IDW)
Becky Cloonan, Reaver; By Chance or By Providence (Image)
Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key series; Tales from the Darkside (IDW)
Koren Shadmi, The Twilight Man: Rod Sterling and the Birth of Television (Humanoids)
Moderator: Annalisa Pesek, LJ Assistant Managing Editor, Graphic Novels Editor
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM | Closing Keynote
James Tynion IV, Something Is Killing the Children (BOOM! Studios)
Best known for his work on the Batman series with DC Comics, GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV now delves into horror with a brand-new limited series, Something Is Killing the Children, about "staring into the abyss to find your worst fears staring back."
Moderator: Becky Spratford, Readers' Advisor