Reporting from TLA – Graphically Speaking: Graphic Novel Authors Enticing Readers

Hi! IThis is not a unicorn frappucino just returned from the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference in San Antonio. I presented on two topics (Top Tech Trends and Webinar Best Practices), moderated one panel, and ran away from one Cory Doctorow (hey, I’m nothing if not starstuck).

But for this post, I’m going to talk about a panel that I merely attended!: Graphically Speaking: Graphic Novel Authors Enticing Readers.

This panel included the youth oriented comic and graphic novel creators Nathan Hale, James Sturm, Drew Brockington, Shannon Hale, and David Wiesner.

Here’s the thing – I don’t know these authors well (other than their names). The age range that most of them discussed is one that I haven’t worked with in a long time, and won’t be exposed to through my daughter until she’s in elementary school (which means, sooner than I want to admit). This means that I have some reading to do before I talk about their work, but in the meantime, here are a few choice highlights from the panel (all abridged and mostly in my own words):

When asked about their early experience with comics and graphic novels –
SH: There were no graphic novels and comics for me when I was a kid – what there was was for boys.
DW: Discussed the rise of graphic novel and the move away from the traditional superhero.
NH: Joked about his special delivery comic advice – Sunday comics ;). Garfield Weighs in, etc. (thanks Scholastic Book Fair)
JS: Peanuts; Mo Willems as graphic novels
DB: Tin Tin

SH: Crediting Texas librarians with the rise of graphic novels; Maverick list

When asking about pushback from schools in exposing kids to graphic novels-0
DB: Wtch the kids reading graphic novels
DW: Is there pushback against picture books?
SH: “I can’t get my kid to stop reading comic books” delete the last two words.

I love love love the equation of comics and picture books, and it’s something I’ll be coming back to in future posts.

Happy Monday!

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