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Comic Conference

Explore the role comics play in promoting education and literacy with the 6th Annual Comic Conference for Educators & Librarians, hosted by Comic-Con International and the San Diego Public Library. Comic enthusiasts are invited to learn new ways to incorporate comics and other popular arts into their professional work and promote comics and graphic novels as powerful mediums for learning. 

Join us for this FREE conference that will be held online during Comic-Con@Home on Thursday, July 22, 2020. Each panel listed here will contain a link that will go LIVE on July 22nd; when you click on that link, you’ll launch another page that has the panel video embedded on it … that video will be available on the date and time listed. When it’s available, simply push play and watch! It’s that simple. 

In addition, San Diego Public Library has a host of fun programs to celebrate – so take a peek at the programs and recommended reading tabs below! Also, take a peek at Comic-Con@Home 2020 which will feature over 250 separate panels spread out over all five days of the event. There will be something for everyone! 



CCEL Conference Schedule

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Jasper and the Spirit Skies: Volume 1 Launch Party (We did it!)
July 22, 2021 3:00 - 4:00 pm PST

Can students write and illustrate an international graphic novel? The answer is YES! And we did it. Join us as we take you on the journey that began in 2015 as just a conversation - and that SDCC has been an integral part of! With the mentorships of Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, and support as diverse as Igor Goldkin, Will IAM, Neal Gaiman, Andrew Aydin, and the late Rep. John Lewis, Ayala School, and the International School of Panama in Panama, these teens created a stunning graphic novel! The first volume of an international collaboration is officially launched! Our panel will include the official launch party, the original artists, the writers, and surprise guests! Jasper and the Spirit Skies: Volume 1 is on sale at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

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Teaching and Learning with Comics
 July 22, 2021 3:00 - 4:00 pm PST

Peter Carlson (Green Dot Public Schools), Susan Kirtley (Portland State University), and Antero Garcia (Stanford University) talk with comic creators Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet) and Matt Fraction (November) in order to connect the dots between comic books and civic action. Connections include ice cream, change theory, fungible memory, curriculum, the Dickenson cash drawer, transformational experiences in school, and what’ve they got going on over there with Good Trouble Comics.

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The Science of Art
July 22, 2021 3:00 - 4:00 pm PST

How is STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) used to inspire and create our most beloved popular arts? What do portrayals of science and scientists in popular media get right and wrong? From world-building to special effects and cosplay, IF/THEN ambassadors (www.ifthenshecan.org) Sydney Hamilton (aerospace engineer), Myria Perez (paleontologist), Dr. Samantha Thi Porter (archaeologist), and Dr. Erika Hamden (astrophysicist) are here to discuss the STEM behind the fandom with moderator Xyla Foxlin (mechatronics engineer).

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Content through Comics: Teaching STEM and Humanities with Graphic Novels
July 22, 2021 4:00 - 5:00 pm PST

Combining the learning benefits of visualization with the power of storytelling, high-quality graphic novels make both STEM and humanities subjects more accessible and engaging for all students, particularly students who may not see themselves as scientists, engineers, or historians. We'll discuss how the comics medium is perfectly suited to breaking down complex information and making content learning engaging and fun. And with the new emphasis on reading nonfiction, academic vocabulary, and reading in the subject areas, comics are more relevant than ever. Join panelists Matt Brady (high school science teacher, co-founder of theScienceOf.org), Shari Brady (executive director of education and engagement; Kaleideum Science Museum, co-founder of theScienceOf.org), Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand (educator and teaching artist), Isabel Morales, Ed.D (middle school history teacher), C.A. Preece (high school chemistry teacher), Tim Smyth (high school social studies teacher and MS reading specialist), and moderator Tracy Edmunds (VP of K-12 education for Reading With Pictures). https://linktr.ee/tedmunds

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Graphic Novels are the New Textbooks
July 22, 2021 4:00 - 5:00 pm PST

Modern, dynamic teaching means thinking outside the textbook. Michael Gianfrancesco (LitX founder and teacher), Shveta Miller (author of Hacking Graphic Novels: 8 Ways to Teach Higher-Level Thinking with Comics and Visual Storytelling), Deborah Benjamin (educator), Ronell Whitaker (English curriculum director), and Dr. Jay Hosler (writer/artist The Way of the Hive) discuss techniques to engage students using the comics medium in a way that will demonstrate practical positive educational results. Visit https://linktr.ee/michaelgteach for links to all participants.

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The POW(!)er of Graphic Novels to Support Youth Literacy: Successes in Libraries
July 22, 2021 4:00 - 5:00 pm PST

Amie Wright (former inaugural president of the ALA Graphic Novel and Comic Round Table), Angela Ocana (community services manager at the Eugene Public Library), and Deimosa Webber-Bey (director of Information Services and Cultural Insight at Scholastic, Inc.) discuss how graphic novels have proven to be an extraordinarily effective medium for literacy and learning, how they have become increasingly recognized as ‘legitimate’ literature, and how they have impacted the movement for equity, diversity, and inclusion. The three panelists specifically focus on how graphic novels function in libraries and how those serving children and families in libraries can advance the use of graphic novels and comics within their communities.

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Educational Role-Playing: Breaking the Mold with the Game Academy
July 22, 2021 5:00 - 6:00 pm PST

Tabletop and live-action role-playing games have remarkable capabilities for learning at all ages. Get a sneak peek about three projects from The Game Academy, a 501c3 nonprofit: The Scourge of Shiran, a 5e-compatible educationally-themed science fiction adventure designed and written by professional educators for The World of Alessia; The Realm of Canthea is an in-house fantasy world developed by TGA for any fantasy role-playing game, which challenges tropes and expectations along racial, gender, cultural, and political lines for the purpose of illumination and education, and a preview of The Anywear Academy, a $1.2 million-dollar National Science Foundation-funded camp experience for middle-grade girls to learn ubicomp, programming, and community building through a thrilling interactive story with participants utilizing wearable electronics like the micro:bit. With Joshua Archer (president, The Game Academy), Dr. Katherine Isbister (director of UC Santa Cruz’s Social Emotional Technology Lab), Dr. Elena Márquez Segura (assistant professor at ‎Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), Ella Dagan (design-researcher at UC Santa Cruz’s Social Emotional Technology Lab), James Fey (design-researcher at UC Santa Cruz’s Social Emotional Technology Lab), Jasmine Florentine (co-designer, The Anywear Academy). Moderated by Aaron Vanek (co-designer, The Anywear Academy) Links: https://linktr.ee/AaronJV

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Yes, They’re Teaching With These Now: Creating and Publishing Comics With The Lesson Plan In Mind
July 22, 2021 5:00 - 6:00 pm PST

The 21st century has seen a boom of educators bringing comics and graphic novels into their classrooms. As this movement has made its way towards widespread acceptance, the publishing industry has become an amazing collaborator/resource for educators around the world. Gina Gagliano (publishing director, Random House Graphic), Jill Gerber (teacher), and Steenz (cartoonist, editor, professor) discuss the synergistic relationship between classroom and publishing house in a panel moderated by Adam Ebert (teacher, Lit-X).

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GeekED Rewind 20-21: The True American Horror of Lovecraft Country
July 22, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm PST

The experiences of college students and educators during the last year were inseparable from the horrors of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the realities of anti-Black racism. Enter Lovecraft Country, a powerful horror sci-fi story set in Jim Crow America, where the onscreen monsters and ghosts paled in comparison to the true horrors facing the protagonists. Numerous courses, lesson plans, and campus conversations emerged from Lovecraft Country, which served as both an analogy and an outlet for college students and educators alike. Join this panel of educators as they reflect on the impact this story had on their experiences, the impact of Black horror and sci-fi, and the power of telling our own story. Panelists: Jada Anderson, assistant resident director, UCLA; Alfred Day, associate dean of students, UC Berkeley; Dr. Andrea Letamendi, director of student resilience, UCLA, The Arkham Sessions Podcast; Dr. David Surratt, vice president and dean of students, University of Oklahoma

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Slaying Real Monsters & Building Communities Through Role Playing Games
July 22, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm PST

TTRPGs have the power to build communities, explore mental health in a safe space, and raise funds for important charity causes. Panelists Fenway Jones (Jasper’s Game Day, @FenwayTeenDM), DeAngelo Murillo (writer/game designer, @That_DeAngelo), StarShinobi (D&D supplemental writer/creator, @StarShinobi), and Dan Wood (Creators, Assemble! Inc. comics librarian, @caffeinated_dan), discuss strategies, tech, educational learning outcomes, comics, and the all-inclusive welcoming nature of TTRPGS that has continued to build. Moderated by Grace Edinger (@DnDingbats).

Virtual Programs

Art of Cartooning
Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 @ 2 p.m. | Watch on SDPL Virtual Hub or Livestream Here
It’s time to celebrate comics and pop culture with the Comic Con @ Home edition of the Art of Cartooning! Our featured character is a tree-like creature that was popularized in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films. He’s been portrayed as an adult and a teen, but today we’ll draw the child version. Baby Groot is today’s featured character. Jerrod Maruyama, a Disney artist, created the drawing that we will be using as a reference today. 

Superhero Cookies
RB Cooks!
Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 @ 5 p.m. | Watch on SDPL Virtual Hub or Livestream Here
It's Comic-Con@Home again this year, so why not drown our sorrows in cookies! Last year's Comic-Con@Home featured official recipes (who knew?), including one for something called Craig's Favorite Cookie, and we thought this month's RB Cooks video would be the perfect time to test it out. Join Rancho Bernardo's Youth Services Librarian Christy for some cookie-making magic!

Comics Consortium Workshop
Comics Consortium Workshop with Amanda Bernal of Burn All Books
Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 @ 6 p.m. | Watch on SDPL Virtual Hub
Hone your drawing & story-making skills and create a comic! In this visionary group drawing game, Amanda Bernal of Burn All Books, will guide us through a game of sketchbook prompts and character formations using a 20 sided die that prods our creations to “learn something unexpected”, have a “prophetic dream”, and “find something” just to name a few! Audience members will follow along and make their own comic or participate in our group comic that Amanda will be drawing, finishing with a Show-n-Tell of our works of art! Register attendees will also be mailed a very special comic creation kit prior to the event. This unique program celebrates the San Diego Public Library's Comic's Conference for Educators and Librarians - in partnership with Comic-Con International © by exploring the role comics play in promoting education and literacy. Librarians, educators, and enthusiasts are invited to learn new ways to incorporate comics and other popular arts into their professional work and promote them as a medium for learning. Contact Bonnie Domingos at bdomingos@sandiego.gov for more information!

Luchador Storytime
Friday, July 23rd, 2021 @ 10 a.m. |Watch on SDPL Virtual Hub or Livestream Here
Join Mrs. Claudia on the SDPL Virtual Hub and SY Facebook page, for a special multilingual storytime as she reads in Spanish, English and sign language, Lucía la Luchadora and Lucía la Luchadora y el Millón de Máscaras por Cynthia Leonor Garza and illustrado por Alyssa Bermudez to celebrate COMIC-CON! Lucía comes from a family of luchadoras, the bold and valiant women of the Mexican lucha libre tradition. But when she's confronted with a case of injustice, Lucia must decide if she can stay true to the ways of the luchadora and fight for what is right, even if it means breaking the sacred rule of never revealing the identity behind her mask. Special thanks to Scholastic for allowing Mrs. Claudia to share Lucía's superhero adventures along with the importance of representation and finding your strength!

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Bonnie Domingos | Email: BDomingos@sandiego.gov

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