Graphic Novel Stage


Friday, June 28, 2013

Comics Quickfire!
6:00 – 6:45 pm

A fast-paced game show where volunteers are paired off with (or against) professional cartoonists in a series of fun-filled drawing challenges! Audience members will provide suggestions and add to the creation of totally improvised epic drawings! Featuring Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Braden Lamb (Adenture Time), Matt Phelan (Storm in the Barn), John Green (Teen Boat!), Raina Telgemeier (Drama), Anne Drozd (Dino Love), Darren J. Gendron (Hello With Cheese) & more!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Spotlight on Gene Yang
9:00 – 10:00 am

Gene Yang, author of the Printz Award-Winning graphic novel American Born Chinese, discusses his latest work—the graphic novel Boxers & Saints, his first solo author/illustrator graphic novel since ABC. Boxers & Saints tells the story of China’s Boxer Rebellion, from two sides of the conflict. In this spotlight, Gene Yang discusses his inspiration for this book and his creative process.

Why do you make graphic novels (and how can I do it too)?
10:00 – 11:00 am

Matt Kindt will use his own work to illustrate the power of the graphic novel as a medium. He will show you how beautiful, strong, heartbreaking, and funny comic books can be and the secret powers that comic books and sequential art have that no other story-telling medium has. Using his own work he will not only show the strengths of his chosen medium but also explain and illustrate the creative process, from the conception of the idea, to writing, to drawing, painting, and finally designing the final book.

District Comics: The Unconventional History of Washington, DC
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

From a rustic post-Revolutionary War settlement hugging the swampy banks of the the Potomac to today’s politically charged metropolis, Washington, DC has been the backdrop for some of the nation’s most important history. But there’s way more to the capital than just stone monuments and political hustle and bustle.

Comic books and civil rights history: “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story”
12:00 – 1:00 pm

In 1957, a group called the Fellowship of Reconciliation published a one-shot comic book titled MARTIN LUTHER KING AND THE MONTGOMERY STORY, drawing on the work of King and Gandhi to explain the philosophy of nonviolent direct action. Passed from hand to hand in colleges and churches, this comic ignited the minds of young people all across the South, sowing the seeds for the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Since then, its message has continued to spread, translated into multiple languages, even as far as the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Join scholar Andrew Aydin (coauthor of Congressman John Lewis’ upcoming graphic memoir MARCH) for a discussion of how visual literature can be a powerful force for social & political change.

Saturday Supercast: TV to comics & back again!
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Comics based on animated TV shows are more popular than ever! And many comic creators take inspiration from classic shows when creating their own original works. Join in on a live recording of the pop-culture podcast, Saturday Supercast with Gene Yang (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (Adventure Time), John Green (Phineas & Ferb), Dave Roman (SpongeBob), Jerzy Drozd (Sugary Serials) & more!

Raven Girl: Audrey Niffenegger on Her New Illustrated Novella
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Audrey Niffenegger, internationally best-selling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, discusses her forthcoming illustrated novella, Raven Girl. Niffenegger’s third illustrated novel is a dark modern fairy tail about an extraordinary raven girl trapped in a human body. The raven girl feels imprisoned by her arms and legs and covets wings and the ability to fly. She reluctantly grows into a young woman, until one day she meets an unorthodox doctor who is willing to change her.

Complete with Audrey Niffenegger’s bewitching etchings, Raven Girl explores the bounds of transformation and possibility. Niffenegger will discuss her new book and the creative journey that led her to create Raven Girl, including the book’s connection with a new ballet of the same name, that debuted at the Royal Ballet in London in spring  2013.

To Astronaut Academy and beyond!
3:00 – 4:00 pm

Author Dave Roman reads from his latest graphic novel Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry and discusses how his love of comic strips, manga and videogames inspire his work. He’ll also share how he went from doodling as a kid to being a full-time cartoonist who gets to visit schools and libraries, encouraging kids to make their own comics and out-of-this-world stories.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

ComicsPlus: Library Edition - Digital Graphic Novels in Your Library
9:00 – 10:00 am

Join Josh Elder and John Shableski of iVerse Media (along with special surprise guests) as they present ComicsPlus: Library Edition, a gamechanging charge-per-checkout service that puts over 7,000 comic and graphic novel titles from publishers like Viz, Archie, Andrews-McMeel and Papercutz in YOUR library with no upfront costs!

Kids Comics Revolution! Live recording
10:00 – 11:00 am

A live recording of the the acclaimed podcast that raises the banner in support of comics for kids! Hosts Jerzy Drozd (The Front) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) will be joined by Aaron Renier (Walker Bean), Mary Ann Scheuer (Emerson School Librarian) & surprise guests for a fun conversation where people from the audience will be encouraged to share book recommendations and anecdotes about graphic novels in the library!

Spotlight on Nate Powell
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

A lifelong creator, Nate Powell has been making comics for over 20 years, but burst into the public eye with 2008’s SWALLOW ME WHOLE, which won the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel and was nominated for the LA Times Book Prize. Since then, his acclaimed books have included ANY EMPIRE, THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS (with Mark Long and Jim Demonakos), and THE YEAR OF THE BEASTS (with Cecil Castellucci). His upcoming work includes MARCH (BOOK ONE), the graphic novel autobiography of civil rights icon and US Congressman John Lewis (with John Lewis and Andrew Aydin), as well as THE LOST HERO, the graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan’s top-selling teen series HEROES OF OLYMPUS (with Rick Riordan and Robert Venditti). Hear him discuss all these and more, with plenty of visual treats!

The Zine Pavilion Presents: Chicago Self-Publishers!
12:00 – 1:00 pm

In conjunction with the Zine Pavilion, local Chicago zinesters and self-publishers will be presenting material from their self produced mini-comics and zines.

The Angst of Being a Teen, the Thrill of Being A Boat!
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Teen Boat! combines the drama of YA with the action of Transformers for a tongue-in-cheek genre mash up. Authors Dave Roman and John Green will perform hilarious scenes from the book using projected visuals and audience participation. They’ll also share insight into what goes into making a full-color graphic novel and why teens transforming into yachts will obviously be the next hot trend.

Spotlight on Jeffrey Brown
2:00 – 3:00 pm

NYT bestseller and indie comics hero Jeffrey Brown speaks about his wide-ranging career and his THREE new books: the Star Wars parenting comedy Vader’s Little Princess (Chronicle), the thrilling adventure Jedi Academy (Scholastic), and the heartfelt autobiography A Matter of Life (Top Shelf).

The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Awards for Libraries
3:00 – 4:00 pm

Three libraries will be chosen via random drawing to win the following package: The Will Eisner Library (a complete collection of his published graphic novels) a collection of titles nominated for Eisner Awards at Comic Con International in San Diego, and funds to purchase more graphic novels as well as host a graphic novel/comics event in their library.

Monday, July 1, 2013

We Want YOU for Reading With Pictures!
9:00 - 10:00 am 

Reading With Pictures, the nation's premier non-profit organization devoted to comics and visual literacy, is growing in a big way! RWP founder Josh Elder will be on hand to discuss some of the major new initiatives and resources that RWP has unveiled over the last year while Prof. Carol Tilley, Kat Kan of Brodart Company and literacy expert Karen Gavigan will be on hand to discuss the role comics play in the new Common Core Standards and how Reading With Pictures can help you make the most of them in your libraries and classrooms!

Graphic Novel Collection Development in the Digital Age
10:00 – 11:00 am

With the arrival of digital content for library lending, the challenges of title selection based on local community standards and collection development policies may face a different set of issues. How do you ensure access to digital graphic novels and yet segment the collection by age ranges? When it comes to selecting titles that are published as ‘digital first’ what review sources do you consider in your purchasing decisions? How is patron privacy affected by the processes of your vendors?

Spotlight on Paul Pope
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Paul Pope, the author of Batman: Year 100 and the New York Times best-selling graphic novel The One Trick Rip-Off, has created his first ever graphic novel for kids—Battling Boy, forthcoming from First Second in October 2013. In this author spotlight, Paul Pope will discuss his past works, his influences, and his inspiration for the upcoming Battling Boy.

Free Comic Book Day at the Library
12:00 - 1:00 pm 

Held the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day has become a highly-anticipated annual tradition for comic book and graphic novel shops and fans. Libraries can also tap into this excitement by hosting their own Free Comic Book Day events. This panel will show librarians how to put their own FCBD together, including tips on partnering with local comic shops, utilizing their graphic novel collections, acquiring comics to give away, and more.