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January 30, 2015

Comics offerings at this year's ALA Midwinter Meeting

This year's American Library Association Midwinter Meeting hits the Windy City this weekend, and there are a few stellar offerings for comics and graphic novel fans alike. Check out GraphicNovelReporter's handy guide to all things sequential art at the ALA.

ERT/Booklist Author Forum
Friday, 4:00pm–5:15pm, MCP-375B/Skyline Ballroom

Four acclaimed graphic novel authors and artists—Cece Bell, Françoise Mouly, Jeff Smith, and Gene Luen Yang—join Booklist Associate Editor Sarah Hunter and Eva Volin, Supervising Children’s Librarian for the Alameda Free Library, to dig into graphic novels at the popular Author Forum.

Cece Bell has written and illustrated several books for children, including the Geisel Honor book RABBIT AND ROBOT: The Sleepover. In her most recent book, EL DEAFO, Bell has given us the great gift of admittance into her life and the chance to experience, alongside her, what it is like to grow up deaf. El Deafo has received starred reviews and widespread praise.
(Sponsored by Abrams)

Françoise Mouly is art director at The New Yorker (where she has been responsible for more than 1,000 covers) and is also publisher and editorial director of TOON Books, an imprint of comics and visual narratives for young readers. She founded and coedited, with collaborator and husband Art Spiegelman, the groundbreaking comics anthology RAW, the New York Times bestselling Little Litseries, and the TOON TRASURY OF CLASSIC CHILDREN'S COMICS. She has received many awards including the Eric Carle Museum Bridge Award for “sustained achievement in the realm of the illustrated book for young people.”
(Sponsored by TOON Books)

Cartoonist Jeff Smith was an early adopter of the graphic novel format and is best known as the creator of the comic book series BONE, started in 1991 and now a New York Times bestselling series that has won numerous awards and honors including 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harvey Awards. He is a board member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, guest edited the 2013 Best American Comics anthology, and is the creator of TÜKI and RASL. His other books include SHAZAM: The Monster, SOCIETY OF EVIL and 2009 Geisel Honor recipient LITTLE MOUSE GETS READY.
(Sponsored by Scholastic)

Gene Luen Yang’s first book, AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, is published in more than ten languages, won the Printz Award, and was a National Book Award finalist. His other works include the popular comics adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the New York Times bestselling graphic novel diptych BOXERS & SAINTS --- also a National Book Award Finalist. THE SHADOW HERO, the story of the first Asian-American superhero, is Yuen’s most recent graphic novel.
(Sponsored by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)

Book signings outside Ballroom immediately following the event.


ALA Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Interest Group Business Meeting
Sunday, 11:30am, McCormick Place-W192a

Making Educational Comics: Why Should the Pros Have All the Fun?
Sunday, 3:00pm-4:00pm, McCormick Place-W474a

Are you dissatisfied with the educational comics available on the market? Think you can do better? Join veteran middle school math teacher and Solution Squad creator Jim McClain, winner of the 2014 Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship, as he walks you step-by-step through the process by which you can make educational comics to suit your needs. He will break it down by financial cost as well as the investment of time required to make the comics that YOU want to use in the classroom.
(Sponsored by the Graphic Novels & Comics Member Interest Group)



4129 - Consortium Book Sales & Distribution
4129 - TOON Books
4223 - Publishers Weekly
4226 - Publishers Group West (PGW)
4416 - W. W. Norton & Company
4420 - Booklist
4432 - ABDO
4515 - Tor/Forge Books4621 - Publishers Spotlight
4729 - Diamond Book Distributors
4917 - NBM
4917 - Papercutz
4932 - UDON Entertainment