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September 30, 2015

Educators and Librarians at NYCC 2015

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It's almost here! That's right --- New York Comic Con is around the corner, and with it the thousands of costume-clad fans waiting to catch a glimpse of somebody dressed as their favorite iteration of Batman. (Or maybe even their actual favorite iteration of Batman --- here's looking at you, Mr. Keaton.)

Conventions can be a bit daunting for first timers, especially for educators and librarians trying to pick out salient panels in a sea of content. But here at Graphic Novel Reporter, we believe in making things easy. To that end, we've included a list of all the educator- and librarian-oriented programming at this year's SDCC below. Have a look, and enjoy the show.

 

EDUCATORS

Creating Comics as Part of a Literacy Curriculum Workshop
Thursday, October 8, 2015
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room 1E04

Elementary and secondary school educators discuss creating comics in the classroom and implementation of graphic novels in a Common Core world in order to scaffold literacy skills. This lesson planning and demonstration will illustrate specific strategies on utilizing the creative nature of drawing as a means for communication and a stepping stone to next level thinking by working through adapting a complex text to a visual medium by following a prose to script to comic process.

 

Educator Networking Session
Thursday, October 8, 2015
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Room 1E04

Meet like-minded professionals, swap ideas and create new professional relationships in this networking session! This networking event is aimed at Teachers, but those of related professions are also welcome. Note NYCC is not leading this session, but is providing the space and time for this professional meet-up.

 

Comics and New Literacy: Exploring Classroom Innovations
Thursday, October 8, 2015
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Room 1A05

This Panel of educators and industry professionals will explore the ever-changing climate of literacy and its connection to the graphic novel/comics classroom. As comics have begun to play a bigger role in classrooms around the country, educators have been able to explore more creative ways to use comics to engage students. This Panel will explore and discuss the amazing ways in which comics have been utilized to expand student literacy including multiple ways in which to build vocabulary, use graphic novels to bridge difficult texts (such as Shakespeare), and engage reluctant students as both readers and writers. The Panel will also discuss and predict the future for comics in the classroom.

 

Content Literacy: Teaching STEM with Comics
Thursday, October 8, 2015
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room 1A05

Bring a one-two punch to teaching STEM: text and images teaming up in comics! Comics have been shown to improve reader engagement while enhancing both comprehension and retention. And with the new emphasis on reading nonfiction, academic vocabulary, and reading in the subject areas, comics are more relevant than ever. Join educators and comic creators as they present the best in comics and graphic novels for teaching STEM topics, including recommended titles and lesson ideas.

 

Assembling your "Nerd Herd:" Creating a Safe Space for Students in Your School
Thursday, October 8, 2015
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Room 1A05

Despite Geek culture being at the forefront of popular culture today, many young comic con lovers feel isolated in their school community. With bullying of young people on the basis of their interests being one of the most challenging problems to overcome, how can teachers help foster their students' interests and give them a safe place to share them with like minded peers? Educators come together to talk about how they built their "Nerd Herd" and how it has done just that. They share their stories and those of their students on how bringing like minded people together can not only create a barrier against outside negativity but also help build confidence and self-respect.

 

LIBRARIANS

We Need More Diverse Comics
October 8, 2015  
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM         
Room 1A05     

This panel of librarians, and comics creators will look at the history and future of diversity in comics. They will discuss representations of race, gender, sexuality, and the role of "the other" in graphic literature. Personal experiences of groundbreaking creators will be matched with scholarly commentary by librarians. While this panel will discuss the history of diversity in comics it will also have a focus on the future of diverse comics and how the industry can welcome and develop a wide range of talent and voices.

 

So You Want to Cosplay? Bringing Cosplay to Your Library
October 8, 2015
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Room 1A01

Cosplay, or the hobby of costuming, offers a unique outlet for patrons both young and old to combine creativity and expression. Consisting of librarians and library professionals who are also cosplayers, this Panel will explore the history of cosplay, highlight the benefits of cosplay to patrons, show how to incorporate cosplay and cosplay programming into the library and provide tips and advice to librarians on how they can cosplay, even if they have limited or no sewing skills.

*organized by the Nassau County Library Association's (NCLA's) Pop Culture Committee

 

Librarian Networking Session
October 8, 2015
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Room 1E04

Meet like-minded professionals, swap ideas and create new professional relationships in this networking session! This networking event is aimed at Librarians, but those of related professions are also welcome at this professional meet-up.

 

CBLDF Presents: Banned Comics!
October 9, 2015
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Room 1B03

It’s hard to believe that books are still banned in the United States and yet each year hundreds of incidents are recorded. CBLDF springs to action in these cases, providing expert support for the librarians and individuals who fight back when calls to censorship arise. The CBLDF will also examine the comics that have been banned and challenged this year, showing how they fit into recent trends in comics censorship. They'll also preview Banned Books Week 2015, celebrating Young Adult books!

 

Graphic Novels & Manga about Disabilities
October 8, 2015  
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM              
Room 1A01     

Has the evolution of disabilities in comics and graphic novels kept pace with society’s changing views of persons with physical and mental impairments? This panel will explore the persistence and/or elimination of stereotypes, the impact of disabilities as superpowers, the range and factual accuracy of medical conditions being tackled by comic creators today, as well as the spectrum of portrayals from well-rounded protagonists to also-ran sidekicks to stock characters.

* organized by the Nassau County Library Association's (NCLA's) Pop Culture Committee

 

Breaking Badges: Gamification at the Bucks County Library System
October 8, 2015  
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM              
Room 1A01

Gamification is the application and incorporation of game mechanics and design elements into mundane tasks or programs. The Bucks County Library System recently created two digital badge programs -- "Let's Play School" an online educational program which helps parents prepare children to enter school, and "Breaking Badges" an online digital badge program to encourage literacy and library engagement in elementary school students. In both programs, children completing activities, earn digital badges and physical items such as stickers and patches while practicing skills that are essential for school success. This session will provide an overview of the gamification and games-based learning, the application of game mechanics to both Let's Play School and Breaking Badges, the development of both programs, as well as the successes and set-backs we saw in both programs.

Geeks in the Stacks: Engaging Your Library Community with Pop Culture|
October 8, 2015  
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM              
Room 1A01

Geek culture is here: librarians all across the country are holding Comic Cons, building graphic novel collections, supporting gaming clubs, and planning parties to celebrate the release of the newest TV shows and movies.  Focusing on how to get started, this panel will feature representatives from academic and public libraries who have planned geeky events in their libraries from start to finish. These events include a public library Comic Con organized almost entirely by teens, a college campus Comic Con, and an academic conference on women in science fiction, fantasy, and comics. Come find out how to engage your community with pop culture events, no matter who they are. 

 

#BlackComicsMonth: Diversity in Comics
October 8, 2015
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Room 1A18

#BlackComicsMonth was birthed during Black History Month and spotlighted 28 days of black comic creators. After realizing that 28 days wasn't enough, BlackComicsMonth.com has continued featuring black creators in the mainstream as well as independent comics community, along with black comic characters. When #BlackComicsMonth was featured on several sites, we realized the community was craving Diversity in Comics as a whole. This Panel will feature several creators of color & discuss Diversity in Comics.

 

She Made Me Do It: FanGirls Lead the Way
October 8, 2015
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Room 1B03

As the demographics of the industry continue to change, this Panel focuses on the impact of female Fans (not female creators) and how they are changing comics from the ground up in surprising and positive ways. More than ever, their grassroots efforts can be seen everywhere from comic shops and conventions and from cosplay to social media.

 

ALA Booth
Booth #282

Libraries and librarians are an important part of any community, including the comics community. Stop by the booth to talk to local librarians about what comics, anime, and other geek-ery are available @ your library.