In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego Comic-Con has been canceled for the first time in its 50 year history. But fear not, pop culture fans, Comic-Con@Home is a front row seat to nearly 400 hours of programming and activities. No need to worry about parking, badges or lines! Pull up your comfiest chair and pick the panels you want to see.
For the fifth year, the San Diego Public Library is teaming up with Comic-Con International for the Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians. This FREE conference will be held online during Comic-Con@Home on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. The panels will explore the role comics play in promoting education and literacy. Librarians and educators 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.
Each panel listed here will contain a link; 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, Comic-Con@Home 2020 will feature over 350 separate panels spread out over all five days of the event. There will be something for everyone! All the panels will also be available on the Comic-Con YouTube channel.
Lit-X Teacher Cohort members Eric Kallenborn (fine arts department chair, Oak Lawn Community High School) and teacher Michael Gianfrancesco (North Providence High School) collected questions on social media from teachers, parents, and librarians about all things comics in the classroom and posed those questions to this amazing panel: Ronell Whitaker (English department chair, Community High School District 218), Lucy Knisley (comic creator Stepping Stones, Relish, French Milk), Jason Walz (teacher/comic creator Last Pick, Homesick), and Lisa Wu (consultant and former teacher).
History is a story told by the victors: until it’s not. The story landscape is changing. There is more space in the narrative world for stories both by and about people with diverse experiences. Join this lively panel debate to see how that re-storying is emerging; in academic institutions, in live performance, in digital experiences, and in a proliferation of creative tools that empower people to tell their stories. Featuring an introduction by Brian MacDonald (UCLA, GeekED, ucla.edu), moderated by Asha Eaton (KTN manager ImmerseUK, immerseuk.org), with panelists Pip Brignall (co-director Reality Check Productions realitycheckproductions.co.uk), Sarah Ellis (director of digital development at Royal Shakespeare Company, rsc.org.uk), Juliette Levy (University of California, Riverside, Dept of History, juliettelevy.org), Linda Sellheim (education program manager at Epic Games epicgames.com) and Tess Tanenbaum, (University of California, Irvine, Transformative Play Lab, transformativeplay.ics.uci.edu).
Peter Carlson (Green Dot Public Schools), Susan Kirtley (Portland State University), and Antero Garcia (Stanford University) lead this panel that reveals practical activities and theory involved in teaching with comics while discussing teaching and making comics with the incredible creators and educators Nick Sousanis (Unflattening), Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb), David F. Walker (Naomi), and Brian Michael Bendis (Naomi). www.comicspedagogy.com
Gene Luen Yang (Dragon Hoops) is joined by Chad Sell (Cardboard Kingdom) and science comics team Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks (Astronauts) to talk about collaboration in kids comics! This panel is moderated by Betsy Gomez and in conjunction with the CBC Graphic Novel Committee.
Books for All: It's Time to Redefine How We Share Books With Kids
In a panel hosted by the LitX teacher cohort, Jill Gerber (teacher, Rowland Hall School), Tony Weaver (CEO, Weird Enough Productions), Adan Alvarado (teacher, Bloom Township High School), Yehudi Mercado (comic creator Sci-Fu, Fun Fun Fun High School), and Christina “Steenz” Stewart (comic creator, Archival Quality, Heart of the City) discuss how teachers, librarians, creators, and parents can share impactful and diverse comics with kids of all ages. Moderated by Adam Ebert (teacher, Bloom Township High School).
Henry Barajas (author of La Voz de M.A.Y.O.: Tata Rambo), Rodney Barnes (author of Killadelphia), Darcy Van Poelgeest (author of Little Bird: The Fight for Elder's Hope), and David F. Walker (author of Bitter Root) discuss comic books that tackle real world issues, be it environmental activism, civic engagement, physical and mental health awareness, and more, (including how their work is being used by librarians and educators). Viewers will leave with programming and acquisition ideas designed to inspire their readers to see the world differently and then change it for the better.
HBO’s Watchmen put forth the idea that “masks make one cruel”. On college campuses, many people, both students and non-students have taken up virtual masks to make statements and take actions that would not be acceptable if done in public. Zoom bombing, doxing, and anonymous threats have caused much dismay, particularly as campuses move to remote learning due to COVID-19. Come hear what educators have to say about the power of masks and how Watchmen and other comics show us a path towards heroism or villainy. Dr. Kalenda Eaton (University of Oklahoma), Dr. David Surratt (University of Oklahoma), Hailey Lopez (UC Berkeley), Robert Hypes (Phoenix Creative Collective), and Alfred Day (UC Berkeley).
License to Thrill: Graphic Novel Adaptations for Kids
Sabaa Tahir (A Thief Among the Trees: An Ember in the Ashes Graphic Novel) is joined by James Otis Smith (Black Heroes of the Wild West), R. Sikoryak (Constitution Illustrated), and David Bowles (Rise of the Halfling King) in this discussion about graphic novel adaptations. Moderated by Adam Kullberg (Pop Culture Classroom) and sponsored by the CBC Graphic Novel Committee.
Vanessa Gempis (manager at Pauline Foster Teen Center, San Diego Public Library), Bijan Nowroozian (youth services librarian, San Diego Public Library), and Melissa Giffen (youth services librarian, San Diego Public Library) discuss how they approach creating effective and engaging programs for youth of different age groups. From planning the program, to promotion and communication, managing staff, and post-program reflection--the panel has tips and tricks to share for every size program. Panelists will also share some of their favorite fandom programs and what they've learned about virtual programs during the pandemic. Additional resources available at https://linktr.ee/MBarbour
Conspiracy Theories and Propaganda Throughout Popular Culture
J. D. Lombardi (host/producer, YouTube's Lombardi Labs and middle-school science teacher, Glendale Unified) along with Justin Montgomery (MentalXhaustion.com), Guadalupe De La O (STEM teacher/science instructional coach, Alliance Schools), and G. L. Lambert (screenwriter, G.L. Lambert Explains It All podcast) will trace conspiracies and propaganda throughout comics, shows, and movies, and how they correlate to the current climate of increased conspiracy theories. Teaching science literacy, in and out of the classroom, is more crucial now than ever in combating misinformation, especially related to our current pandemic.
Teachers, education administrators, and student affairs professionals are being called to respond to a wide variety of mental health concerns across the education landscape, with students today managing greater educational debt, digital identities, and high expectations for academic performance. This has become intensified in the era of COVID-19 and the need for educators to manage the needs of students remotely. This panel of educators and mental health experts share how they have applied their passion for fandom and the lessons they've learned from superheroes to develop new best practices in our service to students. Panelists include Drea Letamendi (UCLA), Jeremy Parker (UCSC), Aaron Jones (UCSC), and Alfred Day (UC Berkeley).
Jerry Craft (Class Act, New Kid) and Faith Erin Hicks (One Year at Ellsmere) join exciting comics artists Robin Ha (Almost American Girl), Derick Brooks (Bright Family), and Jonathan Hill (Odessa) in a discussion about new kids graphic novels. Moderated by Candice Mack (YALSA) and in coordination with the CBC Graphic Novel Committee.
Words and Pictures Working Together: Strategies for Analyzing Graphic Texts
In this crash course in text analysis for graphic novels, educators demonstrate techniques and tools for building students' critical literacy skills with graphic texts at all grade levels. This includes demonstrations on how to lead students in analyzing the elements of comics and the unique combination of art and text, sharing resources, and discussing challenges. Educators Trevor Bryan (The Art of Comprehension), Derek Heid (high school English Language Arts, TVUSD), Shveta Miller (Hacking Graphic Novels), Talia Hurwich (Worth a Thousand Words), and moderator Tracy Edmunds (Graphic Novels Are Elementary!) share strategies you can use with students tomorrow! Access all of the resources shared during this panel at this link: http://www.tracyedmunds.com/home/sdcc-home-2020
Comic-Con Celebrates 15 Years of Eisner Librarians
At the request of Will Eisner, a librarian has been a member of the Eisner Awards jury since 2005. When Jackie Estrada, administrator for the Eisner Awards, invited Kat Kan to be that first librarian jury member, the awards began to take on a new kind of energy. Since that day, the influence of the awards has grown beyond the traditional comics community and now resonates with traditional publishers, academic institutions and throughout the library world. Join in on the conversation as these ground-breaking librarians talk about their experience as members of the Eisner juries over the years. Moderated by John Shableski (2009 Jury) this session features five Eisner Librarian jurors: Kat Kan (2005), Karen Green (2011), Jason Poole (2016), Dawn Rutherford (2017), and Traci Glass (2019).
It's taken a while, but there's never been a time when comics have been so embraced by universities’ and colleges’ informal classes, studies, and even comic conventions. This panel provides an inside look at ground-breaking courses by the professionals and academics who are bringing geek culture to campuses nationwide (and beyond)! Join Paul Levitz (Columbia University, Pace University), Frank Cammuso (Syracuse University), Rob Salkowitz (University of Washington), Karen Green (Columbia University), and Darlynne Overbaugh (Ithaca College) in a robust and thoughtful panel exploring the trends and future of comics on campus. Moderated by Ed Catto (Ithaca College).
Spirit Skies: How To Publish An International Youth Comic In The Age of Covid-19
Are you a high school student with dreams of becoming a graphic novelist? Are you a high school teacher with dreams of creating a graphic novel with your class? Spirit Skies is a graphic novel written and illustrated exclusively by high school students! The panel will discuss the impact of Covid-19 on cross cultural artistic exchange, how technology has made this project easier and more dynamic. The student panel of writers and illustrators - including a Guna native from Panama who wrote the sequel from the tropical point of view- will be on the panel, featuring never-before-seen art, and a sneak peek at the next volume in the Spirit Skies story. The panel will take you on an exploratory journey - through the eyes of a Hummingbird! Spirit Skies is not just an adventure written by high school students - it is a lesson in environmental stewardship. With the lesson that we are all interconnected, all you have to do is go outside and you will be interacting with wildlife. It could be a hummingbird coming from Panama or Alaska! Panelists include Timothy Stiven (coordinator, educator), Justin Wang (student host, editor), artists Grace Chen, Riley Sullivan, and Michaela Chang, writers Giovanna Agrazal (Panama), and Sarah Goltz along with editors Frances Chai, Hannah Wentworth, Natalie Feldman, John Aste, Josh Charat-Collins, Izzy Ster, and Alex Reinsch-Goldstein.
Meryl Jaffe (Worth A Thousand Words) with panelists Laurence Tan (educator) Rachelle Cruz (educator, author Experiencing Comics), and Talia Hurwich (educator, author Worth A Thousand Words) discuss how graphic novels can inspire and enrich online classroom lessons for students grades 3 and up. We discuss challenges, lesson ideas, and loads of resources.
To-Read Alert! What graphic novels are on our Summer 2020 list at SDPL?
San Diego Public Library Zine Collection
Located in the Art, Music, & Recreation department of the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Irwin Jacobs Common, our browsing collection features over 700 unique zines from local and out of state visual artists. The subject matter of the collection is wide-ranging including; art, photography, poetry, writings, comics, drawings, interviews, music reviews and politics.
Began in 2016, the collection has continued to grow via acquisitions from the San Diego Zine Fest as well as donations from local artists and visitors.
Califa eBook collection accessible to everyone in California until August 31st 2020!
Califa Group is a nonprofit library membership consortium of more than 230 libraries in California and has partnered with Bibliolabs to launch enki California Digital Library, a free ebook library available to every person in California!
This collection uses geolocation to provide access to anyone physically located in the state of California. The library includes several thousand simultaneous use ebooks from leading publishers as well as the Indie Author Project Select collection, which features over 400 award-winning indie-published ebooks!
Join us for a half-day of events covering topics from creating community engagement collections in your library to comic book art 101. It will be a fun-filled day with each session offering something unique that everyone can participate in. Click the session links below to register. We’ll see you on July 30th!
Since 2009, San Jose Public Library has been hosting their annual Graphic Novel Making Contest to support and encourage the creative interests of their community’s artists and storytellers of all ages. Each year, the contest has grown, and the number of submissions continued to multiply. The 10th anniversary of the Graphic Novel Making Contest marked the largest number of submissions to-date and culminated in an awards ceremony with over 350 community members in attendance.
Join San Jose Public Library as they discuss the success of their project, its inspiration, the role of comics as a medium for this sort of community engagement, and how libraries can coordinate similar efforts in their own service areas.
Consuming information and entertainment through images is becoming increasingly important and popular in a world of vast, free-flowing data. How do you make a visual story stand out? What makes a visual story more appealing than written ones? What challenges do artists and authors face when embarking on this graphic storytelling journey? Join graphic novelists J. N. Monk (Enough Space for Everyone Else) and Jason Walz (Last Pick) in a conversation about constructing strong stories through images rather than words.
Calling all artists and non-artists! Bring your art supplies!
Interested in what goes into the art of comics? Want to create a comic but can’t draw?
Learn more about the expertise that goes into sketching, coloring, and laying out characters and pages of a comic book. Follow along as talented artists demonstrate their craft and explain the ins and outs of their techniques, plus learn more about how those who aren’t artists can also create comics!
Join writers Ted Anderson, Erik Burnham, and Ron Marz as they face off as contestants in this comic & graphic novel trivia gameshow mashup with rapid fire booktalks. Doesn’t matter who gets the most points, the audience wins big with a list of book recommendations.
Before the graphic novel lands on a shelf in the store, library, or classroom there are a great deal of decisions that come into play: does the book belong with the themes that house represents? What events or holidays can the book leverage for promotion? What kind of work will be involved in shaping the stories? How is a book selected? What do editors look for in a story or the author? What kinds of surprises can an editor anticipate when working with a new or even established author? These veteran editors valuable perspectives will share insights on what makes a book come to life.