In Episode 15, Jack and Amanda cover comics at the American Library Association Annual Conference:
Interview with Jimmy Gownley of The Dumbest Idea Ever! and Amelia Rules!
Interview with Mike Maihack of Cleopatra in Space.
Jack, Amanda and our esteemed producer, Donna Mettier, will be at San Diego Comic-Con this week. We’ll have some limited conference swag, so if you see us at the con, be sure to stop us and say hi.
Jack will be presenting Publishers Weekly: Creating Great Graphic Novel Events in Libraries on Sunday from 4:00-5:00 at Room 32AB.
AND we’ll be podcasting live, so stay tuned for lots of exciting coverage!
Rocket Girl volume 1 comes out in comics stores TODAY!!! Make sure you get yours and hey, one for a friend, too, because it’s only $9.99.
If you live in the NYC area, we will be signing these puppies today at Midtown Comics (their Downtown location) starting at 6:30. And we’ll throw a free print in there for those who get the book!
In Episode 14, Jack and Amanda cover comics at the American Library Association Annual Conference:
Interview with Joel Christian Gill of Strange Fruit, Volume 1: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History and Bass Reeves: Tales of the Talented Tenth, Volume 1.
Interview with Nathan Hale of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, Calamity Jack and Rapunzel’s Revenge.
We had quite a time at the American Library Association in Las Vegas, Nevada last month.
Jack and I presented a session on our favorite comics of the last year and brought in copies for attendees to handle and read; including a list of annotations.
Attanya: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because I love science fiction and fantasy books, but I’m tired of authors treating dragons and robots and magic as more plausible than black and brown characters
Jennifer: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because… when I was 13 a white girl told me it was selfishthat all of the protagonists in my stories were Latina because she “just can’t relate to nonwhite characters.” She made me feel guilty for writing about people like me.
Aiesha: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because…Black Girls are more than sidekicks or “sassy, ghetto friend”
Facts and Figures About Race/Ethnicity in YA and Children’s Lit:
- 88% of the books on the 2013 Publisher’s Weekly YA Bestsellers were about white protagonists
- 93% of the authors on the 2013 Publisher’s Weekly YA Bestsellers were white authors
- 85% of the books on the 2014 Young Adult Library Services Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list were about white protagonists
- 90% of the authors on the 2014 Young Adult Library Services Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list were white authors
- 91% of the authors on the 2013 New York Times’s Bestseller Lists for YA and Children’s Lit were white authors.
- According to the 2012 Cooperative Children’s Book Center, only 3.3% of books were about African-American protagonists; only 2.1% were about Asian and Pacific Islander protagonists; only 1.5% were about Latinx protagonists; and only 0.6% were about Native American protagonists. That means over 90% of children’s books surveyed were about white protagonists.
Just a reminder that representation is still an uphill battle.
Jack, Amanda and our esteemed producer, Donna Mettier, will be at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV at the end of the month. We’ll have some conference swag, so if you see us at the con, be sure to stop us and say hi.
Jack and Amanda will be presenting on our favorite comics of the last year at their Graphic Novel Petting Zoo on Sunday from 4:30-5:30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, N116.
This will include an updated list of our favorite comics from 2013, as presented at the California Library Association Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA last November.
AND we’ll be podcasting live from the Artists Alley and Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage, so stay tuned for lots of exciting coverage!
Jack will also be presenting with Jessica Lee of Willard Middle School on Dynamic Duos:Collaboration Between School and Public Library Systems from 4:30-5:30 on Saturday at the Las Vegas Convention Center S219.
Donna will be presenting on Data Driven Collections: Integrating Evidence Into Your Collection Maintenance and Development Procedures on Sunday, from 10:30-11:30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center S229.
And here’s a sneak peak at our newest favorites…