Librarians Invade Comic Con

by mlarents

For those of you who have somehow missed me yelling about this for the past few weeks, my roommate Amanda and I are attending New York Comic Con this weekend.  What initially started as a distraction and getaway, has evolved into a Librarian-Professional weekend.  Last night, Amanda and I huddled around our computers trying to decide how to best plan our adventure.  In addition to hanging out with Tom Felton (stalking), here are some of the events we’re most excited about:

CBLDF: The History of Comics Censorship

“Learn the shocking history of comics censorship and how even today comics and the people who make, sell, and read them are threatened. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein tells the sordid tale, from the public book burnings and Senate hearings that led to the Comics Code Authority in the 1950s through the attacks on Underground comix in the 1970s and retailer busts in the 1980s up to modern attacks on readers and artists. This program includes the latest research on comics censorship, including new cases developing this year. Come learn about your rights, and how the CBLDF works to protect them!”

Digital Price Showdown

“Everyone is talking about what the “right” price is for digital comics. Should it be full price for same day as print or should every comic be 99 cents ala iTunes? The conversation has been heated online and today it jumps into the physical realm!”

Teens at the End of Time

“Apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic and dystopian stories are super-hot in Young Adult/Teen Fiction. From THE HUNGER GAMES to ROT & RUIN, kids are devouring books about the end of civilization…and that’s a GOOD thing. Discover why we can all feel good about the fascination today’s teens have with these books. Join Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestseller, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner and Marvel Comics writer for a lively discussion about why we should encourage kids to explore the literary apocalypse.”

Food and Comics

“Join renowned chef Geoffrey Zakarian, C.B. Cebulski, Alex Maleev and other special guests as they share the stage for an hour talking about the new horizons in foodie culture and comics culture and where they often and appetizingly interconnect. Moderated by Ron Richards of iFanboy.”

Information Doesn’t Want to be Free, but Kids Do.

“Every single kid in America is a presumed copyright criminal. We spy on them in school, we raid their parents’ life savings, we censor their creative works. And oh, how we LIE to them: “It’s not creative if you’re copying something else.” “All great art starts with permission and ends with a lawyer.” “Giving more money to the record industry will make musicians richer.” Kids are in the streets over SOPA, PIPA and ACTA. They know that the locks we put on their information aren’t for their benefit — because we won’t give them the keys.”

I’m looking forward to Comic Con, not only to feed that inner geek living inside of me, but also to view the festivities and panels with a Librarian’s Eye.  Enjoy your week and I’ll be sure to report back with pictures, swag, and silly stories.