Scholastic at New York Comic Con!

Brooke Shearouse  //  Oct 3, 2017

Scholastic at New York Comic Con!

New York Comic Con is almost here! The East Coast's biggest pop culture convention will be held October 5–8. Many Scholastic authors and illustrators will be at this year’s show. Check out the schedule below to add them to your NYCC plans if you’re attending the show! And follow Scholastic on Twitter and Instagram for live #NYCC updates all weekend.

Thursday, October 5

Panel: Girl Power Comics: Middle-Grade Fiction for Girls (and Boys) (Badge Required)

  • Panel Time: 11:30AM–12:15PM
  • Location: NYPL, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 5th Ave
  • Description: The authors behind some of your favorite middle grade graphic fiction discuss creating stories with strong, positive female characters, and the importance of overcoming the lingering perception that comics are only for boys.
  • Panelists: Jennifer L. Holm (Swing It, Sunny), Laura Terry (Graveyard Shakes), Yehudi Mercado, Mark Siegel
  • Moderator: Brigid Alverson (Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal)

Panel: Gender Identity: Understanding Through Art (Badge Required)

  • Panel Time: 12:15PM–1:15PM
  • Location: Javits Center,Room 1B03
  • Description: At the forefront of modern social debate is the nature of gender identity and how we move forward culturally with new understanding of the diversity within. Many contemporary graphic novels directly and indirectly address this debate by providing fictional and non-fictional representations of individuals expressing and explaining how the definitions of both identity and gender have evolved. This panel will explore how this discussion can enter into the classroom and which texts could be vital in crystallizing an understanding of this complex topic.
  • Panelists: Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), Tami Stronach, Michael Gianfrancesco, Dana Simpson
  • Moderator: Katie Monnin

Panel: Hot Off The Press in Children’s Books (Badge Required)

Author Autographing Session (Badge Required)

Panel: Handling Challenges and Bans (Badge Required)

  • Panel Time: 1:15PM–2:00PM
  • Location: NYPL, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 5th Ave, Classrooms A&B
  • Description: Comics are uniquely vulnerable to challenges and bans, especially comics for teen audiences. Learn about challenged and banned comics and what you can do if they're challenged in your school or library.
  • Panelists: David Saylor (Vice President and Creative Director, Scholastic), Candice Mack, Amie Wright, Mark Siegel
  • Moderator: Charles Brownstein, CBLDF

Event: Children’s Author Speed Dating (Badge Required)

  • Event Time: 2:15PM–3:00PM
  • Location: NYPL, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 5th Ave, Trustees
  • Description: Meet the authors! In this special speed dating event, presented by the CBC Graphic Novel Committee, NYCC @ NYPL attendees have a chance to meet some of the fantastic authors attending New York Comic-Con this year, and talk to them about their work, their process, and what they've got in progress.
  • Participants: Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), Jennifer L. Holm (Swing It, Sunny), Gale Galligan (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel: Dawn and the Impossible Three)

Panel: Here Lie Dragons & Eternal Beasties (Badge Required)  

  • Panel Time: 2:45PM–3:45PM
  • Location: Javits Center,Room 1A18
  • Description: Compelling non-human characters have been part of storytelling, whether as allies or adversaries, protagonists or part of the scenery, since the tradition began.
  • Panelists: Tui T. Sutherland (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel: The Dragonet Prophecy), Jon Hollins, Kristen Ciccarelli, Tochi Onyebuchi, and Jodi Meadows
  • Moderator: Sayantani DasGupta (The Serpent’s Secret)

Event: 25 Years of Fears: Goosebumps with R.L. Stine (Ticketed Event; Badge Required)

  • Event Time: 3:00PM–4:00PM
  • Location: Hudson Mercantile 500 W 36th St
  • Description: Comic Con beware, you’re in for a scare! R.L. Stine, author of the best-selling children’s book series Goosebumps is at San Diego Comic-Con for the first time. Come meet the man who has given you 25 years of fears. If you dare!
  • Speaker: R.L. Stine (Goosebumps: Slappyworld)

Author Autographing Session (Badge Required)


Friday, October 6

Author Autographing Session (Badge Required)

  • R.L. Stine (Goosebumps: Slappyworld)
  • Signing Time: 11:00AM–12:00PM
  • Location: Javits Center,Hall 1B Autographing Area, Table 23

Panel: WNDB Presents Spring Awakening - Diversity in Coming-of-Age Comics & Graphic Novels (Badge Required)          

  • Panel Time: 1:30PM–2:30PM
  • Location: Javits Center,Room 1A18
  • Description: Cartoonists discuss diversity in coming-of-age stories. How do these artists tap into the voices of young protagonists? What compelled them to tell stories that vary from autobiographical to contemporary to fantasy? Join us as we talk about these issues and the need for more authentic representations in comics/graphic novels.
  • Panelists: Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), Gina Gagliano, Nidhi Chanani, Jorge Aguirre, Ngozi Ukazu

Panel: Creating Comics with Kids (Badge Required)

  • Panel Time: 3:15PM–4:15PM
  • Location: Javits Center,1C03 Family HQ, Lower Level
  • Description: Kids say and think the darndest things and we plan to unleash them! Come hear their ideas and watch them come to life. Audience kids will help guide our panel of comics creators to make our own NYCC comics! Whether you come to watch and enjoy or participate, a good time will be had by all.
  • Panelists: Jennifer L. Holm (Swing It, Sunny), Talla Hurwich, Nathan Hale, Judd Winnick


Saturday, October 7

Panel: Making Ships Set Sail: Fandom & Relationships (Badge Required)

  • Panel Time: 12:15PM - 1:15PM
  • Location: Javits Center, Room 1A18
  • Description: Fandoms are EVERYTHING to us; they're a space for fans to explore the fictional worlds they wish they could visit, and for them to fall even further in love with their favorite characters. And in today's interconnected world, fans have multitudes of opportunities to share their passion for their chosen characters and universes, whether classis or contemporary.
  • Panelists: Cecil Castellucci (Don’t Cosplay with My Heart), Tessa Bailey, Alisa Kwitney, Jon Scieszka, Delilah S. Dawson
  • Moderator: Peter Brett

Author Autographing Session (Badge Required)


Sunday, October 8

Panel: A Fantastic Assortment of Fantasy (Badge Required)

  • Panel Time: 1:15 PM–2:15PM
  • Location: Javits Center,Room 1A18
  • Description: Fantasy is large: it contains not only multitudes of story settings and protagonists, but also formats. Go beyond the medieval European fireside tale retellings.
  • Panelists: Daniel José Older (Shadowhouse Fall), Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), Nidhi Chanani, Tomi Adeyemi, Max Brallier
  • Moderator: Emily Asher-Perrin, Tor

Author Autographing Session (Badge Required)

  • Daniel José Older (Shadowhouse Fall) and Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy)
  • Signing Time: 2:30PM–3:30PM
  • Location: Javits Center,Hall 1B Autographing Area, Table 23

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