NYC Comic Con Talk!
So, I lucked out, big-time, by being paired up with uber-blogger Betsy Bird and her husband, graphic novels expert Matt Bird for a workshop on graphic novels called Graphic Novels: A New Literacy for the Library, Classroom and Home.
Betsy's posted the program description at her blog, A Fuse #8 Production, which makes my life oh, so easy:
Elizabeth Bird, Sophie Brookover, Matt Bird
SUNDAY 2:45-3:45 ROOM 1A23
The explosive growth of graphic novels continues in the public library world and is now being felt in the classroom. Is it a legitimate reading format? What is it about these books that make them worthwhile reading? How can graphic novels help you meet your state’s core curriculum content standards? Graphic novels present a new opportunity to engage readers and these three talented presenters will show you why these books work for the teacher, the librarian and the parent.
Elizabeth Bird: is a children's librarian at New York Public Library's main children's room at the 42nd Street location. She has served on the Newbery committee, written for Horn Book, reviews for Kirkus, and currently publishes the blog A Fuse #8 Production on the School Library Journal website.
Sophie Brookover: is the Library Media Specialist at Eastern Regional Senior High School in Voorhees, NJ. She is an avid reader of graphic novels (forced to pick just one recent favorite, she offers two: Sidescrollers and Y: The Last Man), and is the co-author of Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect With Your Whole Community (InfoToday, 2008).
Matt Bird: Matt Bird is a writer and lifelong comics enthusiast. He will receive an MFA from Columbia University in May. His new graphic novel project is The Gentleman with artist David Baldeon (Blue Beetle) and inker Steve Bird (Robin).
If you're going to be at NYCCC, please drop in! This is such an exciting time for graphic novels, particularly for those educators scooping GNs up in their warm, brilliant embrace.