LibraryCon Live! 2019

A Virtual Festival for Book Nerds, Librarians, and Fans of Graphic Novels, SF, and Fantasy


Join Library Journal and School Library Journal for our third annual LibraryCon Live! We're excited to offer a day-long celebration of fandom-beloved stories and characters, featuring the creators behind mind-bending speculative fiction, innovative comics, and fan-favorite 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 sf/fantasy, don't miss this chance to meet and interact with some of your favorite stars across these genres.

 

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We look forward to seeing you on November 6. 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.
 

Platinum Sponsor
 

Diamond Book Distributors  


Gold Sponsor
 

Diamond Book Distributors  

 

 

 

 

Andrews McMeel
 
Andrews McMeel BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios

Dark Horse DC Comics First Second First Second

Junior Library Guild

Junior Library Guild

 

 

 


 
   

 

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM | Opening Keynote | Sam Maggs and Delilah Dawson in Conversation

Two comics writers discuss crafting narratives and characters for Marvel Action, writing for middle grade and YA readers, and being on both sides of the "fangirl" experience. Sam Maggs is the author of The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History. She is also currently writing a middle-grade "Marvel Action: Captain Marvel" series for IDW. Delilah Dawson, a NYT bestselling author, writes the "Marvel Action: Spider Man" series and is currently penning a YA series for IDW called "Star Pig."
Moderator: Kiera Parrott, LJ & SLJ Reviews Director
 

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM | Panel 1 | Fantastic World-Building

Mystical Viking warriors. China in 484 A.D. A ruthless galactic empire. A modern Gothic nightmarescape. A secret society of black magicians. While wildly different, each of the works highlighted by the authors and artists on this panel share a common trait: exemplary world-building. Creators discuss how they construct intricate and believable fantastic worlds.
Natasha AltericiHeathen, Vol. 2 (Vault Comics)
Hannah TemplerCosmoknightsGLOW vs. the Star Primas (Top Shelf/IDW)
Brandon ThomasExcellence, Vol. 1 (Image)
Sherry ThomasThe Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan (Lee & Low)
Moderator: Jody Osicki, Community Services Librarian, New Brunswick Public Library Service
 

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM | Break
 

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM | Lunch Keynote

Henry BarajasLa Voz de M.A.Y.O Tata Rambo (Image)
In La Voz de M.A.Y.O.: Tata Rambo, Henry Barajas tells the true story of how his grandfather, Ramon Jaurigue (a.k.a. Tata Rambo), co-founded the Mexican, American, Yaqui, and Others (M.A.Y.O.) organization, which successfully lobbied the Tucson City Council to improve living and working conditions for members of the Pascua Yaqui and led to federal recognition of the Yaqui tribe.
Moderator: Vanessa Willoughby, SLJ Associate Editor, Nonfiction
 

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM | Panel 2 | Stories That Engage Young Readers (and Beyond) 

Relatable heroes, adventure-filled journeys, and laugh-out-loud truisms define these narratives for middle grade and teen readers. In this panel, authors and artists will discuss how they craft the highly engaging stories that young readers crave.
Drew Brockington, “CatStronauts” series; Hangry (Little, Brown)
Will HenrySnug Harbor Stories: A Wallace the Brave Collection (Andrews McMeel)
Lucy Knisley, Stepping Stones (RHCB)
Sarah KuhnShadow of the Batgirl (DC) 
Christine Taylor-ButlerThe Lost Tribes: Trials (Move)
Jen WangStargazing (Macmillan)
Moderator: Mahnaz Dar, SLJ Graphic Novels Editor
 

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM | Fast Learning Session 1: How the Arlington Public Library Does Their ComicCon Program 

Thinking about hosting a ComicCon-style event at your library? Hear Tamera Miller, Program Specialist at the Arlington Public Library (TX), discuss her library's highly successful model, and learn how to plan, market, and run your own Con.
Moderator: Stephanie Sendaula, LJ Associate Editor
 

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM | Sneak Peek: LJ and SLJ’s Best Graphic Novels of 2019

Kiera Parrott, LJ/SLJ reviews director, will give LibraryCon Live! attendees a special sneak peek into the titles that made Library Journal and School Library Journal’s respective 2019 Best Books lists.

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM | Break
 

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM | Panel 3 | Portrait of the Artists

Though their styles and techniques vary greatly, the artists on this panel share a commitment to excellence in visual storytelling. This panel will offer a behind-the-scenes deep dive into their artistic processes.
Erin NationsGumballs (Top Shelf/IDW)
Becky CloonanReaverBy Chance or By Providence (Image)
Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key series; Tales from the Darkside (IDW)
Koren ShadmiThe Twilight Man: Rod Sterling and the Birth of Television (Humanoids)
Moderator: Annalisa Pesek, LJ Assistant Managing Editor, Graphic Novels Editor
 

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM | Closing Keynote

James Tynion IV, Something Is Killing the Children (BOOM! Studios)
Best known for his work on the "Batman" series with DC Comics, GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV now delves into horror with a brand-new limited series, Something Is Killing the Children, about "staring into the abyss to find your worst fears staring back."
Moderator: Becky Spratford, Readers’ Advisor

 

Keynote Speakers

 

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Henry Barajas is a Latinx author from Tucson, AZ. He is best known for his graphic memoir about his great-grandfather Ramon Jaurigue titled LA VOZ DE M.A.Y.O. TATA RAMBO. He has contributed to anthologies that benefit mass shooting Route 91 victims and The Southern Poverty Law Center such as WHERE WE LIVE and The Good Fight. Currently, Barajas is the Director of Operations at Top Cow Productions—and he lives with his roommate’s cats Ophelia & Morticia in Los Angeles, CA.

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Delilah S. Dawson is the New York Times bestselling author of: Star Wars: PHASMA, as well as Star Wars Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire, The Skywalker Saga, The Perfect Weapon, and Scorched; The Hit series; The Blud series; Servants of the Storm; and the Shadow series starting with Wake of Vultures and written as Lila Bowen. Her short stories can be found in: Hellboy, An Assortment of Horror; Carniepunk; Unbound; Unfettered III; Last Night a Superhero Saved My Life, Three Slices, Death and Honey, Robots vs. Fairies, Resist, and more. With Kevin Hearne, she co-writes the Tales of Pell, starting with Kill the Farm Boy. Her creator-owned comics include Ladycastle, Sparrowhawk, and Star Pig, and she's written comics in the worlds of Marvel Action Spider-Man, Firefly, Star Wars Adventures, Lore, Rick & Morty, Adventure Time, Labyrinth, and the X-Files Case Files. Delilah is the winner of the 2015 Fantasy Book of the Year from RT Book Reviews for WAKE OF VULTURES and the 2013 Steampunk Book of the Year and May Seal of Excellence for WICKED AS SHE WANTS. Her work has earned multiple stars from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal.

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Sam Maggs is a bestselling author of books, comics, and video games. She’s a Senior Writer for Insomniac Games, including work on Marvel's Spider-Man; the author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, Wonder Women, and Girl Squads; and a comics writer for beloved titles like Captain Marvel, My Little Pony, Star Trek, and Jem and the Holograms. Look for her 2020 titles Con Quest!, Tell No Tells, and The Unstoppable Wasp. A Canadian in Los Angeles, she misses Coffee Crisp and bagged milk.

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James Tynion IV is a comic book writer, best known for his work on the Batman franchise for DC Comics. James has served as the showrunner of two consecutive weekly comic series, Batman Eternal and Batman & Robin Eternal, followed by writing the massive crossover project Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and subsequently taking the reins of Detective Comics. In addition to the 2017 GLAAD Media Award-winning series The Woods with Michael Dialynas, James has also penned the critical successes Memetic, Cognetic, and Eugenic with Eryk Donovan, The Backstagers with Rian Sygh, and Ufology with Noah J. Yuenkel and Matthew Fox. An alumni of Sarah Lawrence College, Tynion now lives and works in New York, NY.


Speakers

 

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Natasha Alterici is a comic creator living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, best know for the hit queer Viking fantasy Heathen. She's also contributed her writing and art to projects such as Gotham Academy: Yearbook, Grayson Annual, The Lez Film Review, Dinosaur Project, Mixed Signals, The Wilds, Killswitch, The Good Fight, Vagrant Queen, Forgotten Home, and more. When not working on comics, she enjoys gardening, baking, and playing video games with her wife and their two cats.

Drew Brockington has flown a Space Shuttle, repaired the International Space Station, and served in Mission Control; all during a week at Space Camp. CatStronauts is his first series. He lives with his family in Minneapolis.

Becky Cloonan is a writer, artist, and self-publisher. At Image Comics, she writes SOUTHERN CROSS.

Will Henry is the creator behind Ordinary Bill and Wallace the Brave, both distributed on GoComics.com. His professional career began with his strip Room Mates, which was published in The Daily Campus during his time at the University of Connecticut. He draws his inspiration from everyday life and in the age of the smart-phone, he aims to re-create a world in which kids “still collect bugs and fly kites and eat ice cream cones upside-down.” He lives in Rhode Island with his wife, his cat, and his mistress, the sea.

Lucy Knisley is the critically acclaimed, award-winning, New York Times-bestselling comics creator of Relish and Kid Gloves. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son. She specializes in personal, confessional graphic novels and travelogues. Stepping Stones is Lucy's first graphic novel for kids.

Sarah Kuhn is the author of the popular Heroine Complex novels—a series starring Asian American superheroines. The first book is a Locus bestseller, an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee, and one of the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog’s Best Books of 2016. Her YA debut, the Japan-set romantic comedy I Love You So Mochi, came out in summer 2019 and is a Junior Library Guild selection. She is currently writing Shadow of the Batgirl, a graphic novel about Batgirl Cassandra Cain for DC Comics, and The Riverdale Diaries: Hello, Betty!, a middle grade graphic novel about the Archie Comics gang. Other projects include “The Ruby Equation” for the Eisner-nominated comics anthology Fresh Romance, a comic book continuation of the cult classic movie Clueless, a series of Barbie comics, and a one-shot for the recent Jem and the Holograms anthology Dimensions. Her non-fiction has appeared in The Toast, The Mary Sue, Uncanny Magazine, AngryAsianMan.com, IGN.com, The Hollywood Reporter, StarTrek.com, and the Hugo-nominated anthology Chicks Dig Comics. Additionally, she was a finalist for both the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Award and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. You can visit her at heroinecomplex.com or on Twitter: @sarahkuhn

Tamera Miller is a Program Specialist at the Arlington Public Library. In 2015 she organized a half day pop culture convention called ArlingCon which was considered a success with an attendance of almost 600 people. The next year she expanded it to a full day adding many elements and the results far exceeded expectation with over 2000 people attending. ArlingCon has continued to grow from year to year and is highly regarded in the small convention circuit. Tamera is amazed she can bring her love of pop culture and conventions to her job. Who says libraries aren’t fun?

Erin Nations was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1982. In 2014 he began self-publishing zines and comics. His work has appeared in Original Plumbing magazine, Full Bleed, and the We're Still Here anthology. He is a frequent contributor to the quarterly comics newspaper Vision Quest. His solo series Gumballs launched in 2016. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Born in Santiago, Chile, Gabriel Rodriguez began working as an illustrator in the late ‘90s and in 2002 started drawing books for IDW Publishing, including CSI, George Romero’s Land of the Dead, Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show, and Beowulf, amongst others. In 2007, he co-created with Joe Hill the award-winning series Locke & Key, coming soon as a Netflix streaming series. The pair continue to collaborate on Locke & Key projects (the stories Small World, Heaven & Earth, Nailed It, and Dog Days), and partnered for a comic adaptation of Hill’s teleplays for a new version of Tales from the Darkside. Additional IDW projects include the Eisner-winning Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland with Eric Shanower, the gritty sci-fi adventure Onyx with Chris Ryall, the creator-owned fantasy adventure Sword of Ages, and a reimagining of H.G. Wells’ literary classic The Island of Dr. Moreau with Ted Adams. He lives in Santiago with his wife, Catalina, and their kids, Jose Manuel, Matias, and Gabriel.

Koren Shadmi is an award-winning illustrator and cartoonist. He studied illustration at The School of Visual Arts in New York where he now teaches. Koren’s graphic novels have been published in the US, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland, Korea and Israel. His latest book, Rise of The Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and The Creation of D&D (Nation Books), is a collaboration with esteemed tech writer David Kushner. Koren has contributed illustrations and comics to: The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Playboy, Mother Jones, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Wired and others.

C. Taylor-Butler (Christine Taylor-Butler), an MIT trained Civil Engineer, is the author of more than 70 books for children, including Sacred Mountain: Everest. She has won the Best Children’s Book of the Year Award and a host of other awards. When not conducting various science experiments for many of her books the author has traveled to remote places, such as the Tongas National Forest in Alaska, to scout unusual locations for her science fiction/adventure series, The Lost Tribes. She lives in Missouri where she is responsible for the care and feeding of a spouse, college kids, cats, fish and a very needy 104-year-old historic house.

Hannah Templer is a queer cartoonist and graphic designer. In addition to writing and drawing Cosmoknights, she is the artist for GLOW (IDW Publishing, Netflix), and has also worked as a colorist, cover artist and interior artist on well-known titles such as Samurai Jack, Tomb Raider, and Jem and the Holograms. She enjoys life with her trusty dog Thistle and grumpy cat Noodle, and plays tabletop roleplaying games as often as she can.

Brandon Thomas is the critically-acclaimed writer and co-creator of comics series Horizon (Skybound/Image) and The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury. Previous works includes the award-winning series Noble (Lion Forge) and Voltron (Dynamite). He lives in Southern California with his wife and son.

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Sherry Thomas (The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan) is the author of nineteen novels across multiple genres, including the acclaimed Lady Sherlock mystery series, a YA fantasy trilogy that began with The Burning Sky, and more than a dozen romance novels, which have twice won her the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award. Born in China, she learned English as a second language, and now lives and writes in Austin, Texas. Visit her website at sherrythomas.com and follow her on Twitter at @sherrythomas and on Instagram as @writersherrythomas.

Jen Wang is a cartoonist, author and illustrator living in Los Angeles. She is the author of Stargazing,The Prince and the Dressmaker, Koko Be Good, and co-author of the New York Times-Bestselling graphic novel In Real Life with Cory Doctorow. Her work has also appeared in Los Angeles Magazine, The Believer, Hazlitt, Slate, and McSweeney’s. She has also written for the Adventure Time and Lumberjanes comic series. She is the co-founder and organizer of the annual festival Comics Arts Los Angeles.

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