Meeting Archive:
Comics Build Better Worlds: World Building, Reader Engagement, and Empathy

Meeting Description:

Comics Build Better Worlds: World Building, Reader Engagement, and Empathy

Listen to graphic novelists Judd Winick, Mark Siegel, James Parks, and Ben Costa interact about their work, inspiration, feedback from young readers, and insight into this exciting format! Librarian extraordinarie Amie Wright will moderate the conversation, take questions from attendees, and share collection development ideas.

We hope you can join us on Tuesday, February 27 @ 1 PM EST!

Date: Tue, Feb 27, 2018
Time: 01:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Baker & Taylor
 Presenter Information
Judd Winick, Hilo
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Judd Winick lives in San Francisco with his wife, their two kids; and their cat. Judd has scripted issues of bestselling comic series, including Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Justice League, and Star Wars. Judd also appeared as a cast member of MTV's The Real World: San Francisco and is the author of the highly acclaimed graphic novel Pedro and Me, about his Real World roommate and friend, AIDS activist Pedro Zamora. Visit Judd and Hilo online at or find him on Twitter at @JuddWinick.

Mark Siegel, 5 Worlds
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Mark Siegel has written and illustrated several award-winning picture books and graphic novels, including the New York Times bestseller Sailor Twain and Oskar and the Eight Blessings. He is also the founder and editorial director of First Second Books. He lives with his family in New York. Follow Mark on Tumblr at @marksiegel and the 5 Worlds team on Twitter at @5WorldsTeam.

Ben Costa, Rickety Stitch
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Ben Costa is a writer and artist living in the Bay Area. He has self-published two volumes of his award-winning martial arts historical fiction comic Pang: The Wandering Shaolin Monk. He has also done work for IDW, Viz Media, and SF Weekly. Throughout his life he has maintained a steady diet of samurai comics, kung fu movies, spacefaring farmboys, and tabletop RPGs. Follow him at @BenCosta.

James Parks, Rickety Stitch
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James Parks is a speculative fiction writer and graphic novelist living in the Bay Area. James was weaned on monster flicks, ghostbusting, lightsaber duels, samurai cinema, and comics--with a sober dose of Victorian literature and '80s cartoons. James is also the author of the southern gothic horror collection The Gospel of Bucky Dennis, was a staff writer for Campfire Graphic Novels, and is a member of the Horror Writers Association.

Moderator: Amie Wright, Librarian
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Amie Wright is the Chair of School Aged Services at the Edmonton Public Library. Previously, she was the School Outreach Manager at the New York Public Library and city lead for MyLibraryNYC, New York City's award winning school-library partnership. A Library Journal Mover and Shaker 2017, Amie has spoken widely on comics and educational collections for libraries - most notably at New York and San Diego Comic Con. Follow Amie @librarylandia for suggestions on comics, education, or both