February 19, 2018

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Fandoms & Cons 101 | Mix It Up

Curious about hosting a Comic Con in your library? Look no further.

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Comic-Con International Lures YA Comics Creators | SDCC 2016

The editor of the “Good Comics 4 Kids” blog gives a rundown of teen-friendly highlights and announcements from the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con.

Book Review: The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

Publisher’s description John Hughes meets Comic Con in this hilarious, unabashedly romantic, coming-of-age novel about a teenager who is trying to get his best friend to fall in love with him from the author of Three Day Summer. Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy… Archie and Veronica… Althena and Noth… …Graham and Roxy? Graham met his best […]

The Fabulous Fandom Fest That is LumaCON!

The team that pulled together the first LumaCON! in Petaluma, CA is at it again, gearing up for the second annual comic convention in January. You’ll see why they’re the real superheroes among us.

Eisner Grant-Winning Library Will Use Graphic Novels to Explore Community

Valerie Acklin, teen services librarian at the Bellmore (NY) Memorial Library, will launch a program exploring local community experience through graphic novels—and will have patrons of all ages create their own comics.

The Epicenter of Geek Culture: Planning a “Con” at the Library

Children’s librarian and Summer Teen speaker Marissa Lieberman shares how she successfully organized East Orange (NJ) Public Library’s first Tosho-con—a conference dedicated to anime and geek culture for tweens, teens, and their families.

Fight What You Know: Debunking Traditional Writing Tropes | New York Comic Con 2014

At this year’s Comic Con, “The Mary Sue” blog hosted a panel that explored eavesdropping and method acting—and other practices—in researching and writing authentic characters.

The Five Coolest Things at New York Comic Con 2014

The best stuff at New York Comic Con included Wonder Woman, manga, science, and more. Plus: an official anti-harassment statement gave women attendees and cosplayers reason to cheer.

YALSA Maker Contest; NAACP Launches Literacy Campaign; Storia Is Streamed | News Bites

August is bursting with industry news: YALSA is looking for submissions for its 2014 Maker Contest; the NAACP and American Urban Radio Networks have joined forces in a reading literacy campaign “NAACP Reads”; Minnesota’s Saint Paul Public Library expands its laptop training and giveaway program.

Fusenews: Hear the beat, of literary feet.

Hi ho.  Time to round-up what Jules and I have been up to over at our Wild Things blog (book promotion for bloggers means more blogging, you see).  Here’s the long and short of what you may have missed: Wacked out 1970s picture books. Maurice Sendak’s actual first book (and it’s not what you think). […]

Librarians Organize Sewanhaka School District (NY) Comic-Con

Darth Vader, Wonder Woman, author/illustrator Misako Rocks!, and a group of intrepid librarians recently stormed Floral Park Memorial High School in Long Island, NY for the school district’s first-ever comic convention.

You Don’t Need to Go to Comic-Con to Have Fan Literacies

Many popular fanfiction stories are based on books that can be found in school libraries: The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, and, of course, Harry Potter. For most fanfiction authors, though, that’s where the connection between fanfiction and school ends: they’ve never been asked by a teacher or librarian about their out-of-school writing.

Something to Consider on the Eve of Comic-Con: Cosplay and Critical Thinking

“We can look at cosplay as a medium that assists other media, anime and manga, by targeting a certain audience segment related to fandom.”

Confessions of a Cosplaying Librarian

“The key idea is actually a media literacy one related to representation: no one in real life actually looks like an anime or manga character.”

Librarians Flock to New York Comic Con

Digital comics, gaming, and, of course, costumes were among the draws for teachers and librarians who attended New York Comic Con’s (NYCC) Professional Day on Thursday, October 11, featuring panels by the American Library Association, among other organizations. Once again, as in past years, New Jersey librarians dominated as presenters at Professional Day, covering collection development, library programming, and the history of the science fiction and fantasy genres.