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July 27, 2009

Library Programming Takes the Stage at Comic-Con


San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner, and recognizing the enormous growth of the marketplace with schools and libraries, the con has added several panels of interest. Amidst all the Hollywood onslaught, discussions on major comic properties, sci-fi and related programming, and all the other highlights of Comic-Con, be sure to check out these panels for comics and library information.

Thursday, July 23
Graphic Novel Programming in Libraries
Room 30AB
Words of wisdom from Librarian Fanboys and Fangirls on ways to make your collection rock the house.
It’s life in the dork lane when librarian nerds become comic book geeks. How can a fan transcend lifelong Universe loyalties to build a balanced collection? What do you do with all those crossover titles when the library shelves by series title? How do you fight back when your cataloging department thinks all superhero titles are for teens? Can you get away with programming with comics even after Free Comic Book Day? Is it really possible to have a graphic novel book club? Get tips on starting graphic novel clubs, running workshops on cartooning, hosting author visits and much more.
Moderated by Snow Wildsmith; panelists: Robin Brenner, Hillary Chang, Jill Patterson, Mike Pawuk, and Nick Smith
Saturday, July 25
Women in Manga
Room 24
Newsflash! Women Read Manga! We all know that teenage girls have been driving much of the manga boom. But did you know that women are making massive contributions to fandom, the industry, and beyond? Join in on the conversation as they discuss the state of women in the manga industry, female fans within the manga community, and just where women go from here in supporting and advocating for the media they love.
Moderated by Eva Volin, this panel will feature Leyla Aker, Deb Aoki, Robin Brenner, and Lillian Diaz-Przybyl
Using Comics in the Classroom
Room 4
Calling all teachers, school librarians, all-ages publishers and kid-friendly cartoonists! Help cultivate the next generation of comic readers with a practical guide on the hows and whys of using comics into the classroom courtesy of our panel of Certified Awesome experts. Teachers will learn how to win over skeptical administrators, integrate comics into the curriculum and find the best books for their students while publishers will be given strategies for getting their titles into this burgeoning new market.
Moderator: Josh Elder; panelists: Jimmy Gownley, Peter Gutierrez, Gina Gagliano, David Serchay
Sunday, July 26
The Cultural Shift: Comics and Graphic Novels Bringing a New Dimension to Literacy
Room 3
Graphic novels and comics have been finding a louder voice in American culture. From the movies to television shows the influence of comics is now working its way into classrooms, and onto the New York Times bestseller lists. How is this happening and where can it go from here? Join our panel of industry insiders on this insightful conversation.
Moderated by Snow Wildsmith; panelists: Hillary Chang, Jimmy Gownley, Peter Gutierrez, Nick Smith, and Anne Stockwell