CANCELLED: Conversation Starter: Should Graphic Novels Have Their Own Award?

Saturday, June 27, 2015 -
2:45pm to 3:30pm

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Speaker: Rebecca Oxley, Teacher-Librarian, Prince George's County Public Schools

The panel will discuss the merits and concerns of creating a book award specifically for graphic literature. Topics will include the still-fluid definition of the format, the impact of graphic novels on American readership, criteria for excellence and guidelines for selection, which readers an award would be for, and what awards already exist for the graphic novel format. We’ll be asking some of the hard questions in one conversation: why isn’t there already an award for graphic novels, and, is a separate award for the graphic novel format really needed? Get ready for a diverse array of perspectives from the panel featuring:
- Gene Luen Yang: cartoonist and high school Computer Science teacher, author of Printz Award-winning American Born Chinese (Twitter: @geneluenyang)
- Candice Mack: Senior Librarian, Teen Services, Los Angeles Public Library, former chair of Great Graphic Novels committee (Twitter: @tinylibrarian)
- Dave Roman: cartoonist and Kids’ Comics Revolution! co-founder, author of Astronaut Academy (Twitter: @yaytime)
- Laura Given: K-8 Media Specialist, 2016 Caldecott committee member and chair of Star of the North Picture Book Award (Twitter: @liblaura5)
- Charles Brownstein: writer and Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) (Twitter: @C_Brownstein)
- Moderated by Rebecca Oxley: K-8 Teacher-Librarian, Black Eyed Susan Graphic Novel committee member and iDiversity founder (Twitter: @LibrariansFTW)

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 10:04pm PDT
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Is this really cancelled?  I've been looking forward to having a conversation like this for years.

Yep, due to personal reasons. The person running it expanded a little on Facebook. Hopefully it'll happen next year.