I had the honor of presenting at a comic convention for my first and second time on Sunday, April 3rd. I was asked to speak at WonderCon in Anaheim, CA, about right wing challenges to comics that feature BIPOC people, LGBT people, and historical accuracy.
The audiences in both panels were active and asked good questions. This was a very exciting opportunity for me as it was my first time speaking at a comic convention about librarianship and my first time in California. I made lots of new friends, networked with industry professionals, had new opportunities open up (see you at SDCC!), and, of course, looked at lots and lots of merchandise.
The first panel was hosted by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund called “Leading the Charge Against Censorship: Strategies for Defending Comics in Your Community.” It was moderated by CBLDF’s Betsy Gomez and featured Moni Barrette of Creators Assemble! I was truly honored to be asked to join.
I asked Moni to join me for the second presentation, “Saving Comic Books in Libraries.” You can read all about it here.
Oh, and my husband and I took an extra day to go to a certain Happiest Place on Earth next door to our hotel and the convention center. Thanks for a wonderful time, Comic Con International!