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July 1, 2015

Navigating SDCC for librarians and educators

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San Diego Comic Con is finally here. Excited? You should be. This is the big one, folks --- where comics disciples of all sorts come from far and wide to beautiful southern California to see the inside of the industry they love, gawk at their favorite writers and illustrators, and hobnob with the latest Doctor Who actor the CW hired to put on one of its seemingly countless DC-inspired teledramas.

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

 

WEDNESDAY

5:00pm–8:00pm - Creating Superheroes in the Classroom: An Interactive Workshop for Teachers
Antero Garcia, Peter Carlson, Susan Kirtley, and Jenn Anya Prosser lead a hands-on workshop for K-12 educators interested in utilizing comic books in classrooms. Open to teachers of all subjects, the program will look at how content-area literacy can be supported through comic books and popular culture in various disciplines. During this workshop panelists will explore how comics support student achievement, discuss ways teachers can align curriculum to use comic books meaningfully, and provide resources for participants to take into their own classrooms. Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

 

THURSDAY

12:00pm–1:00pm - Comics for Impact: STEM Education
Comics can be a powerful tool for teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), but they require collaboration between comic creators, scientists, and educators. The panel featuring Jorge Cham (PhD Comics),Dwayne Godwin (neuroscientist and professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine), Rebecca Thompsen (author, Spectra: The Original Laser Superhero), and Alan Gershenfeld (president, E-Line Media) discuss process and lessons learned from “serious games” to create a vibrant community of interest. Moderated by Russell Shilling (U.S. Dept of Education, former DARPA pm). Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm–2:00pm - Comics Are for Everyone: Helping Every Student See Themselves in the Medium
While the cultural footprint of comics has increased immensely, minorities, women, and the LGBT community have only recently begun to see an increase in representation in mainstream comics. This panel seeks to explore the cultural, societal, and educational ramifications of this recent shift and discuss possible future implications. Educators Ronell Whitaker (Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, Blue Island, IL), Eric Kallenborn (Alan B. Shepard High School, Palos Heights, IL), Adam Huggins (Miras International School, Almaty, Kazakhstan), and Dr. Katie Monnin (Teaching Graphic Novels, Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning), led by moderator John Shableski (Udon Entertainment), discuss the impact of diverse characters in comics. Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm–3:00pm - Content Literacy: Teaching History and Social Studies with Graphic Novels
From the Revolutionary War to current events, graphic novels pull readers into history. 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. Creators Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales) and Jonathan Hennessey(The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation), educator Meryl Jaffe (CBLDF Using Graphic Novels in Education; Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Learn to Read), and moderator Tracy Edmunds (Reading With Pictures) discuss the best in comics and graphic novels for teaching history and social studies, including recommended titles and lesson ideas. Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm–4:00pm - Comics Make Kids Smarter: Exploring Data-Driven Success in the Comics Classroom
Research shows that comics and graphic novels are motivating, support struggling readers, enrich the skills of accomplished readers and are a highly effective tool for teaching challenging material in a more efficient way. Educators Meryl Jaffe (CBLDF Using Graphic Novels in Education; Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Learn to Read), Ronell Whitaker (Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, Blue Island, IL), Eric Kallenborn (Alan B. Shepard High School Palos Heights, IL), and Tracy Edmunds (Reading With Pictures), creator John Green (Teen Boat), and moderator Tom Racine (host of Tall Tale Radio) will explore and explain the research behind the comics in the classroom movement and what it could mean for the future of the medium in the classroom. Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm–5:00pm - The Nerd in the Classroom: Sci-fi as an Educational Tool
Education's all-things-nerd networking resource returns to Comic-Con. This year's edition features cartoonist and high school computer science teacher Gene Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints), language-arts teacher Blake Bockholt (Fremont High), and psychologist Patrick O’Connor (Comicspedia, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology). Moderating is Patrick Murphy (Fremont High, Weber State University). Topics include using comics to convey complex information, student-created comics as a narrative, and aligning to national standards while still increasing student engagement. This is a great networking opportunity for professional educators and nerds alike. Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

5:00pm–6:00pm - geekEd V: The Undiscovered Country: Bringing Geek Back to Higher Education
Come interact with a panel of educators from across the country as they share how they make the most of their geek identities in their campus communities. Brian Arao (University of California, Santa Cruz), Alfred Day (University of California, Berkeley), Michelle Kittel (Rocketship Spark Academy), Patricia Nguyen (UCLA), and Emily Sandoval (University of Southern California) are excited to share their stories of building personal connections with geek students, developing programs that create excitement, fostering inclusive communities, and enhancing the geek college experience. Joining them this year is Liz Krulder (Fresno State) who, as a student, co-developed Fresno State’s first ever comic convention, FresCon. If you are an industry or marketing professional, work in higher education, attend or want to attend college (or know someone who does), this panel is for you. Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

 

SATURDAY

11:00am–12:00pm - Kids’ Comics Summit
What’s the state of the children’s comics industry? Publishers talk about their publishing programs, discussing how kids’ comics have changed in the past decade and how they’ll change more in the decade to come. A conversation with Alex Segura (Archie Comics), Filip Sablik (BOOM!)Sablik (BOOM!), Kuo-Yu Liang (Diamond), Gina Gagliano (FirstSecond), Sven Larsen (Papercutz), and David Saylor (Scholastic). Moderated by Christopher Butcher (Toronto Comics Art Festival). Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm–1:00pm - Age Categories
What are publishers doing to ensure that their graphic novels for kids contain age-appropriate content across different age categories? What are they doing to make those age categories clear to librarians? This panel explores the current publishing system for creating and categorizing age-appropriate content within the children’s and young adult graphic novel categories. A conversation with Michael Martens (Dark Horse), Calista Brill (First Second), Sven Larsen (Papercutz), and Kevin Hamric (Viz). Moderated by Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library). Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm–2:00pm - Librarian/Educator Fall 2015 Kids’ Graphic Novel Buzz
A cross-publisher presentation of the biggest graphic novels for kids in the fall 2015 season (September–December 2015) from Abrams ComicArts (Charlie Kochman), Archie Comics (Alex Segura), Dark Horse (Michael Martens), First Second (Calista Brill), IDW/Top Shelf (Alan Payne), Image (Kat Salazar), Oni Press (Charlie Chu), Papercutz (Sven Larsen), Scholastic (David Saylor), and Viz (Mark De Vera). Get an advance look at the most exciting upcoming graphic novels of the year. Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm–3:00pm - Contemporary Issues in Graphic Novel Publishing for Educators and Librarians
BISACs, CIP information, Overdrive, cataloging—these are the issues that librarians are dealing with on a day-to-day basis. How are publishers dealing with these issues? Join this conversation with Gina Gagliano (First Second), Alan Payne (IDW/Top Shelf), Charlie Chu (Oni Press), and Sven Larsen (Papercutz). Moderated by Candice Mack (Los Angeles Public Library).
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm–4:00pm - Events for Community Engagement
Annual events like Children’s Book Week, Star Wars Reads, and Banned Book Week are celebrated at libraries all over the country. How can graphic novels be included in these programs, and introduced to communities through them? Join this conversation with Charles Brownstein (CBLDF),Kuo-Yu Liang (Diamond), Gina Gagliano (First Second), and Kat Salazar (Image). Moderated by Eva Volin (Alameda Public Library). Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm–5:00pm - CBLDF Protecting Comics in Libraries
Comics and graphic novels are achieving more acclaim than ever, which is leading to increased demand, and unfortunately a rise in challenges. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund executive director Charles Brownstein spotlights the current landscape of graphic novel challenges and shares the organization's most recent resources and success stories. Come share your perspectives, and learn more about how you can be a part of protecting comics. Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

5:00pm–6:00pm - Librarian Talkback
In this town-hall session, librarians from the audience will share the good and bad of working with graphic novels in libraries with publisher representatives from Abrams ComicsArts (Charlie Kochman), Archie Comics (Alex Segura), BOOM1(Filip Sablik), Dark Horse (Michael Martens), First Second (Mark Siegel), IDW/Top Shelf (Alan Payne), Image (Corey Murphy), Murphy), Papercutz (Sven Larsen), Scholastic (Lizette Serrano), and VAZ(Ashlee Vaughn). Librarians, this is your chance to ask publishers why they do things the way they do and tell them how they could be doing better. Moderated by Brigid Alverson (SLJ Good Comics for Kids). Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library