LibraryCon Live! 2018

Now Available On-Demand!

A Virtual Festival for Book Nerds, Librarians, and Fans of Graphic Novels, Sci-fi, and Fantasy


Join Library Journal and School Library Journal for our second annual LibraryCon Live! We're excited to offer a day-long celebration of fandom-beloved stories and characters, from mind-bending speculative fiction to innovative comics and graphic novels. You'll also learn from librarians and industry insiders on how to plan and host your own Comic Con-style event.

Plus, network online with other fans and explore our virtual exhibit hall where you'll hear directly from publishers about their newest books and engage in live chats with featured authors. Whether you're a public or school librarian, an educator of teens and young adults, or a superfan of graphic novels and sci-fi/fantasy, don't miss this chance to meet and interact with some of your favorite stars across these genres.

LibraryCon Live! is a free, completely virtual conference—no traveling and no cost!



Register now! We look forward to 'seeing' you on November 7. Can't make the live date? No problem! All the sessions will be archived, and the virtual environment will be accessible for up to three months.




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Sponsored by


Diamond Book Distributors Penguin Random House
Abrams Andrews McMeel BOOM! Studios Dark Horse
DC Comics First Second Image Comics Junior Library Guild
Lee & Low Books Lion Forge Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Macmillan Children's Publishing
Marvel Comics Penguin Young Readers Random House Children's Books Scholastic

Keynote Speakers


Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, four novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, The Devil in Silver, and The Changeling as well as two novellas, Lucretia and the Kroons and The Ballad of Black Tom. He is also the creator and writer of a comic book Victor LaValle's DESTROYER.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Shirley Jackson Award, an American Book Award, and the key to Southeast Queens.

He was raised in Queens, New York. He now lives in Washington Heights with his wife and kids. He teaches at Columbia University.

Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer living in Oakland. Her works include New York Times bestseller This One Summer, and Skim with Jillian Tamaki, Supergirl: Being Super with Joëlle Jones, Emiko Superstar with Steve Rolston, Lumberjanes with Brooklyn Allen, and the YA novel (You) Set Me on Fire. This One Summer was the winner of Printz and Caldecott Honors in 2015 and received the Eisner for Best Graphic Album (New). Her forthcoming YA graphic novel, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass with Steve Pugh, will be released in September 2019.

Margie Stohl

Margaret Stohl is a #1 New York Times bestselling young adult author who has been published in fifty countries and thirty-two languages and sold more than ten million books worldwide. Beautiful Creatures debuted as the Amazon #1 Teen book of the year; seven of Margaret's books have reached bestseller lists in the United States and around the world.

After Beautiful Creatures was released as a feature film from Warner Brothers, Margaret began working with Marvel on two "Black Widow" novels, as well as the ongoing "Mighty Captain Marvel" comics. She can now often be seen at a Comicon, or at one of the book festivals she co-founded, YALLFEST (Charleston, SC) and YALLWEST (Santa Monica, CA.) Sometimes you can also find her at a Seattle game studio called Bungie, because it has good snacks. When she commutes to work, she takes her cats with her. You can find out more about her at @mstohl on Twitter or margaret_stohl on Instagram or margaret_stohl on Snapchat or at




Karen Berger

Karen Berger has been a force in the comics industry for over 25 years. Beginning her career at DC Comics, she became the founding editor of DC's mature-reader imprint Vertigo in 1993. She earned critical acclaim and popular success in her 20 years heading Vertigo with legendary titles such as Fables, Hellblazer, The Invisibles, 100 Bullets, Preacher, and V for Vendetta. After stepping down from Vertigo in 2012, Karen Berger joined forces with Dark Horse Comics in 2017 to launch her new imprint Berger Books.

Gwenda Bond

Gwenda Bond is the author of many books, primarily for children and young adults. Her novels include the "Lois Lane and Cirque American" series, and the upcoming Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds, a prequel story to the hit Netflix series. She and her husband, Christopher Rowe, also co-write a middle grade series, "The Supernormal Sleuthing Service." Her nonfiction writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, Salon, and many other publications. She lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and their unruly pets. Visit her online at or @gwenda on Twitter.

Amy Chu

Amy Chu is the comics writer behind the critically acclaimed queer scientist superhero series "Summit" from Lion Forge, as well as the most recent runs of "Red Sonja and Poison Ivy." Amy has also written stories for "Wonder Woman", "Emma Frost", "Deadpool", and "Ant-Man". She is the first woman to write the "Green Hornet" and "KISS" comics series. Her middle grade graphic novel Sea Sirens, inspired by Oz creator L. Frank Baum, is out Summer 2019 through Viking Press. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, MIT, and Harvard Business School, and a frequent convention speaker.

Rachel Gagnon

Rachel Gagnon is the Teen Services Librarian at the Haverhill Public Library in Haverhill, MA. She is the founder and organizer of the Haverhill Public Library Comic Con which has been running since 2015. She is an avid reader of comics, a Star Wars and Marvel fanatic, and a lover of cats.

Brian Hibbs

Since 1989, Brian Hibbs has owned and operated the Eisner Award-nominated Comix Experience in San Francisco. While Hibbs is a leader in the comics retailing business, his Comix Experience stores are lauded as one of the leading stores in the comics industry. As a founding member and current board member of Comics Professional Retailer Organization (ComicsPRO) Hibbs has also sat on the Board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) as a defender of freedom of speech for retailers, creators, schools, and libraries, and has literally written the book on comic book retailing via his "Tilting at Windmills" column, currently running on the comics industry site The Beat.

Brian Hibbs and Comix Experience support students, educators, and librarians in the Bay Area, championing the effort of comics and literacy. His innovative Graphic Novel Book Clubs (one for adults and one for kids), which sport local Bay Area members as well as national participants, have hosted talent such as Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), and dozens of the hottest writers and artists in the business, as well as rising stars.

Justin Kontonicolaou

Justin Kontonicolaou received her MLS from Drexel University in 2012. She is a zealous reader of young adult books and a cosplayer at heart. You will often find her nose buried in a book or hands deep in a Pinterest project. She is eagerly awaiting her acceptance letter from Hogwarts but until then she will enjoy her time being a YA librarian.

Sam Maggs

Sam Maggs is a bestselling writer of books, comics, and video games. She's a Senior Writer for Insomniac Games; the author of The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy, Wonder Women, and Girl Squads (Oct. 2018), all published by Quirk Books and distributed by Penguin Random House; a contributor to BioWare's highly-anticipated forthcoming game Anthem; and she's written for comics like "Star Trek" and "Jem & The Holograms." A Canadian in Los Angeles, she misses Coffee Crisp and bagged milk.

Greg Neri

Greg Neri is the author of Grand Theft Horse and the Eisner-nominated, Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author of Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty, which Flavorwire hailed as one of the top 25 essential graphic novels of all time. He has written ten books for young people, including the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award-winner, Chess Rumble, and his books have been translated into multiple languages in more than 25 countries. Mr. Neri lives on the Gulf coast of Florida with his wife and daughter. For more information, visit his website at

Justin Portelli

Justin Portelli is a Supervising Library Assistant & Technology Supervisor at Fair Lawn Public Library in Fair Lawn, NJ. He has worked there for more than 16 years, and is currently pursuing his MI at Rutgers University. His library threw their first Library Con in 2017, had a blast, and is looking forward to an even better event in April 2019.

Chad Sell

Chad Sell grew up in a small town in central Wisconsin. He lived in a neighborhood much like the Cardboard Kingdom, where he and his friends bounded through backyards in imaginative games and outfits. He also drew a lot and came up with all kinds of colorful characters. His favorites were often the villains, because despite being different and misunderstood, they were powerful and confident, and they got the best costumes. Chad lives in Chicago with his husband and two cats.

Dana Simpson

New York Times bestselling author Dana Claire Simpson grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington, drawing the entire time. She eventually graduated from The Evergreen State College, despite having spent all her time drawing, and not always for credit.

Unicorn Theater is the 8th "Phoebe and Her Unicorn" collection. The "Phoebe and Her Unicorn" comic strip, syndicated by Andrews McMeel Syndication, appears in more than 200 newspapers. Dana is also the creator of the internet comic strip Ozy and Millie, which she drew from 1998–2008. Ozy and Millie, the first "Ozy and Millie" collection, was published in August 2018 by Andrews McMeel Publishing.

She currently lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her tech genius husband and her fairly stupid cat.

Tui Sutherland

Tui T. Sutherland is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling "Wings of Fire" series and the graphic novel adaptation series – Book #2 releases in February. She has also written the "Menagerie" trilogy, and the "Pet Trouble" series, and is a contributing author to the bestselling "Spirit Animals and Seekers" series.

Mark Tatulli

Mark Tatulli is an internationally syndicated cartoonist, best known for his popular, comic strips Heart of the City and Lio, which appear in over 400 newspapers around the world. Mark is an accomplished filmmaker and animator and is the recipient of three Emmy Awards for his prior work in television. He has also written the "Desmond Pucket" series of middle grade novels and currently lives in Washington Township, New Jersey. We invite you to visit him online at

Jackie Watkins

Jackie Watkins is the Electronic Resources Collection Development Librarian at Kennesaw State University Library System (GA).

Jeremy Whitley

Jeremy Whitley is a comic book and fiction writer from Durham, North Carolina. He is the writer and creator of "Princeless" and "Raven the Pirate Princess" as well as the writer for Marvel's "Unstoppable Wasp", Dynamite's "Rainbow Brite", Titan's "Sea of Thieves", and IDW's "My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights". He has also written for Marvel's "Avengers," "Champions," "All-New X-Men," and "Iron Man." He is passionate about telling great diverse stories and bringing new audiences to comics.

Jo Whittemore

Jo Whittemore is the author of Supergirl middle-grade novels based on the CW series of the same name along with many other middle-grade humor and fantasy novels. She's a member of the SCBWI and is part of the Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels. She writes from a secret lair in Austin, Texas, that she shares with her husband. Visit her online at

F. C. Yee

F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and went to school in New England. His young adult book The Epic Crush of Genie Lo released in 2017 to critical acclaim and four starred reviews. He is working on a new young adult series set in the Avatar, The Last Airbender universe. The Rise of Kyoshi (coming July 2019) delves into the story of the Earth Kingdom–born Avatar and maps her journey from a girl of humble origins to the merciless pursuer of justice who is still feared and admired centuries later. F.C. currently lives and writes in Denver, Colorado. Visit him online at






Sponsored by

Diamond Book Distributors Penguin Random House
Abrams Andrews McMeel BOOM! Studios Dark Horse
DC Comics First Second Image Comics Junior Library Guild
Lee & Low Books Lion Forge Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Macmillan Children's Publishing
Marvel Comics Penguin Young Readers Random House Young Readers Scholastic


10:00 AM | Booths Open

11:00–11:30 AM | Opening Keynote

Victor LaValle, Destroyer (BOOM! Studios)

Moderated by:
Mahnaz Dar, Reference and Professional Reading Editor, Library Journal & School Library Journal

11:30 AM–12:15 PM | Panel 1: Women Creators in the Lead

Karen Berger, Editor, Berger Books (Dark Horse)
Gwenda Bond, Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds (Del Rey)
Amy Chu, Summit (Lion Forge)
Dana Simpson, Phoebe and Her Unicorn (Andrews McMeel)

Moderated by:
Sam Maggs, Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History; Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy; Editor, The Mary Sue (Quirk Books)

12:15–12:30 PM | Break

12:30–1:00 PM | Lunch Keynote

Mariko Tamaki, Supergirl: Being Super and Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (DC Comics, Abrams)

Moderated by:
Shelley Diaz, Reviews Manager, School Library Journal

1:00–1:45 PM | Panel 2: Hosting Your Own Comic Con-style Library Event

Rachel Gagnon, Teen Services Librarian, Haverhill Public Library (MA)
Justin Kontonicolaou, YA Servies Supervisor, Ridgewood Public Library (NJ)
Justin Portelli, Supervising Library Assistant/Technology Supervisor, Fair Lawn Public Library (NJ)

Moderated by:
Brian Hibbs, Store Owner, Comix Experience (Lion Forge)

1:45–2:30 PM | Panel 3: Children's and YA

Greg Neri, Grand Theft Horse (Lee & Low)
Chad Sell, Cardboard Kingdom (Random House Children's Books)
Tui Sutherland, Wings of Fire (Scholastic)
Mark Tatulli, Short & Skinny (Little, Brown)

Moderated by:
Mahnaz Dar, Reference and Professional Reading Editor, Library Journal & School Library Journal

2:30–2:45 PM | Break

2:45–3:30 PM | Panel 4: Fan Faves

Jo Whittemore, Supergirl: Age of Atlantis (Abrams)
Jeremy Whitley, Princeless (Diamond)
F.C. Yee, The Rise of Kyoshi (Abrams)

Moderated by:
Jackie Watkins, Electronic Resources Collection Development Librarian, Kennesaw State University Library System (GA)

3:30–4:00 PM | Closing Keynote

Margie Stohl, The Life of Captain Marvel, (Marvel)

Moderated by:
Kiera Parrott, Reviews Director, Library Journal & School Library Journal



Sponsored by

Diamond Book Distributors Penguin Random House
Abrams Andrews McMeel BOOM! Studios Dark Horse
DC Comics First Second Image Comics Junior Library Guild
Lee & Low Books Lion Forge Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Macmillan Children's Publishing
Marvel Comics Penguin Young Readers Random House Young Readers Scholastic


  Abrams publishes critically acclaimed and bestselling works in children's books ranging from board books to picture books to young adult fiction. Notable titles under the children's imprints of Abrams Books for Young Readers, Amulet Books, and Abrams Appleseed include Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series, and the Newbery Honor books Heart of a Samurai, by Margi Preus, and El Deafo, by Cece Bell. Other highlights include Andrea Beatty's Rosie Revere, Engineer, Duncan Tonatiuh's Separate is Never Equal, Tom Angleberger's "Origami Yoda" series, and Nathan Hale's "Hazardous Tales" series.
Andrews McMeel
  Andrews McMeel Universal is distinguished by the uncanny ability to tap into the zeitgeist of popular culture. Specializing in comics, illustrated humor, and inspirational content (think Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, and Doonesbury), our remarkable roster of talent includes dozens of New York Times bestselling authors and Pulitzer Prize-, Reuben Award-, and Emmy-Award-winning creators.
BOOM! Studios
  BOOM! Studios was founded in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including LumberjanesThe WoodsGiant DaysKlaus, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Cartoon Network, and Jim Henson Company properties.
Diamond Book Distributors
  Diamond Book Distributors (DBD) is a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., and is dedicated to making a wide selection of its graphic novels and other pop-culture merchandise available to bookstores, libraries, schools, mass merchants and more worldwide.
Image Comics
  Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor, and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, please visit
  Junior Library Guild is the book review and collection development service that helps more than 23,000 libraries acquire the best new children's, young adult, and adult crossover titles for their collections.
Lee & Low Books
  Lee & Low Books is the largest multicultural children's book publisher in the country. We're also one of the few minority-owned publishing companies in the United States, and we're proud to be an independent publisher. Founded in 1991, we publish contemporary diverse stories that all children could enjoy, and we've pledged to make a special effort to work with unpublished authors and illustrators of color.
Lion Forge
  Lion Forge is a transmedia studio with a comics and graphic novels publishing focus. Lion Forge (our main imprint) publishes comics for older readers; Roar, our Young Adult imprint, publishes for teens age 13+, Caracal for middle grade readers ages 8–12, and CubHouse for young readers ages 0–8. As a company committed to "Comics for Everyone," we strive to publish titles that reflect the diversity our world in their characters, creators, and employees.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (LBYR) began publishing books for children in 1926. We publish a diverse, carefully curated list of the finest books for young readers of all ages and backgrounds. LBYR has the distinct honor of being the first and only publishing division to have won the Caldecott Medal, the annual award for the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children, three years in a row.
Macmillan Children's
  Macmillan Children's Publishing Group is home to some of the most highly acclaimed and noteworthy children's/young adult imprints in the publishing industry. MCPG comprises Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, Feiwel and Friends, First Second, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Imprint, Odd Dot, Priddy Books, Roaring Brook Press, Square Fish, and Swoon Reads.
  Marvel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit
  Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe.


Register now! We look forward to 'seeing' you on November 7.


Sponsored by

Diamond Book Distributors Penguin Random House
Abrams Andrews McMeel BOOM! Studios Dark Horse
DC Comics First Second Image Comics Junior Library Guild
Lee & Low Books Lion Forge Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Macmillan Children's Publishing
Marvel Comics Penguin Young Readers Scholastic Scholastic

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