Billing itself as "the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture convention," this year's New York Comic Con — taking place October 11-14 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan — features a wide range of creator and entertainer appearances and signings, panels, film/TV screeings, and more (i.e., speed dating!). A number of the panels taking place at the convention will be of particular interest to librarians and educators, and Diamond BookShelf has put together a list of those panels here, including dates, times, and locations.
BookShelf editor Mark Banaszak will appear on two panels during the show: Making the Case for Teaching with Graphic Novels on Thursday, Oct. 11 (see listing below), and on Kids–The Future of Everything! as part of the ICv2 Conference on Comics and Digital II on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Panels are subject to change, and attendees can check the NYCC Events page for any last-minute updates.
Thursday, Oct. 11
11 a.m.–12 p.m.: Creativity is the Ultimate Super Power: Using Comics in Communities & Classrooms for Diversity, Inclusion and Non-Violence Education
The Art Force Five – Andrea Castro, Maimoona Rahim, Owens Sheppard, Rachel Oh, Victor Osorio – will discuss their experiences offering workshops for schools and community centers which give attendees the skills to implement change within their own communities and classrooms. The presentation is aimed at educators and social justice advocates, focusing on diversity, bullying and non-violent conflict resolution.
12-1 p.m.: Library as Mythic Oracle
Panelists Craig Anderson, Megan Kociolek, Michael Maziekien, Tyler Rousseau examine the heroes of modern geek culture in comparison with legends of old. This panel will focus on the many different ways that our 21st-century, Information-savvy culture has influenced the re-telling of the hero’s journey, and created a new mythology for a geek-centered culture.
12-1 p.m.: Surviving the Public (Unshelved)
Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum, creators of the library-themed webcomic Unshelved, will teach you how to stop worrying and learn to enjoy difficult people! This keynote focuses on customer service in libraries, with a healthy dose of humor.
1:15-2:15 p.m.: The Possibilities of a Cape and Mask - How to Incorporate Superheroes into Public Library Programming
Speakers Emily Weisenstein and Joe Gasparro will talk about how public libraries can use the concept of the superhero as a universal icon to create fun and cost effective library programs.
1:15-2:15 p.m.: Cultivating the Creative Energies of Your Students with Comic Books, Puppetry and the Arts
Comic books, art and puppetry in the classroom, library, or after school program and add a unique way of teaching lessons and cultivating the creative energy of students.Writer Alex Simmons (Archie/Blackjack), Sesame Street's Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (Abby Cadabby), Executive Director of Bronx Heroes Comic Con Ray Felix and Executive Director of the Jim Henson Legacy Bonnie Erickson share their experiences and the opportunities that teachers can bring their students.
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Changing the Game with The Graphic Textbook
Meet David Rapp, Janet Lee, and Josh Elder, the creators and educators behind the Graphic Textbook, a groundbreaking book that promises to revolutionize the role of comics in the classroom and find out how teachers can get involved.
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Foolproof Graphic Novel Collection Development
David Lisa, Laverne Mann, and Stephen Hrubes will show librarians how to get the releases that their customers want and insure they continue to get their favorites. They will also impart tips on getting essential selections for all age groups, networking with local comics retailers to help the CE process, creating excitement about the library's graphic novel collections, and convincing administrators that comics are popular with all types of library users.
4-5 p.m.: Comics Studies Conference: The Origins of Leaping Tall Buildings: Finding New Ways to Document the Creators Behind the Comics
Hannah Means-Shannon (Georgian Court University) leads a discussion with the creators of Leaping Tall Buildings: the Origins of American Comics artist Christopher Irving, photographer Seth Kushner and designer Eric Skillman on the strategies they developed to create this unique and significant book on American comics for scholars and fans.
5:15-6:15 p.m.: Making the Case for Teaching with Graphic Novels
Diamond BookShelf editor Mark Banaszak along with teachers John Weaver and Nathan Tubbs will offer advice and strategies for teachers who would like to incorporate comicsinto their lesson plans develop arguments to convince administrators or parents.
Nathan W. Tubbs, Brooklyn, NY
Nathan Tubbs teaches 7th grade science in Brooklyn and is a lifelong comics fan. During the summer of 1993, Nathan visited a newsstand with his dad who purchased him a copy of "Adventures of Superman #500," the follow up to the monumental "Death of Superman" storyline. Already an avid reader (thanks to his father's love for reading), Nathan was hooked by the combination of interesting story-lines and engaging artwork. For years, Nathan enjoyed reading and collecting comics as a hobby, but in 2008, as a newly-hired science teacher in New York City, he shifted from simple enthusiast to full-blown comics advocate. With an emphasis on "every teacher a reading teacher," Nathan recognized how comics could serve to raise student achievement in all subject areas and now works to engage his students in this way. You can follow him on twitter @sciencenate.
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Comics Studies Conference: Constructing and Reconstructing the Superhero
Forrest Helvie (Norwalk CC) discusses how the conventional hero of Transcendentalists and Gothic writers contributed to superheroes like Batman. David Lewis (Boston University) explains why superheroes never really die and the "superhero afterlife subgenre." Rachelanne Smith (CSU-Sacramento) discusses how South Park's Coon character clarifies society’s need for the altruistic hero.
Sunday, Oct. 14
11:15-11:45 a.m.: Reading with Pictures - Live Reading
Reading with Pictures Marketing Director Trevor Mueller hosts live read-alongs of stories from the Harvey-Award nominated Reading with Pictures anthology along with the latest news on how teachers and librarian can help get comics into their schools and libraries.
Location: Variant Stage
For tickets and more information, visit the New York Comic Con web site.