Virtual conference

Erickson Library cordially invites you to attend LibraryCon Live! on Wednesday, November 6 from 9 AM – 3 PM in the library’s computer lab, room L185. We’ll stream the conference on a big screen and provide light refreshments. Join us for part of the day or stay the whole time. We’re excited to offer a day-long celebration of fandom-beloved stories and characters, featuring the creators behind mind-bending speculative fiction, innovative comics, and fan-favorite graphic novels.


9:00 AM Doors Open

Exhibit hall with virtual booths, chat with authors, download materials and network!

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Opening Keynote | Sam Maggs and Delilah Dawson in Conversation

Two comics writers discuss crafting narratives and characters for Marvel Action, writing for middle grade and YA readers, and being on both sides of the “fangirl” experience. Sam Maggs is the author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History. She is also currently writing a middle-grade “Marvel Action: Captain Marvel” series for IDW. Delilah Dawson, a NYT bestselling author, writes the “Marvel Action: Spider Man” series and is currently penning a YA series for IDW called “Star Pig.”

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | Panel 1 | World Building

Mystical Viking warriors. China in 484 A.D. A ruthless galactic empire. A modern Gothic nightmarescape. A secret society of black magicians. While wildly different, each of the works highlighted by the authors and artists on this panel share a common trait: exemplary world-building. Creators discuss how they construct intricate and believable fantastic worlds.

  • Natasha Alterici, Heathen, Vol. 2 (Diamond)
  • Hannah Templer, Cosmoknights; GLOW vs. the Star Primas (Top Shelf/IDW)
  • Brandon Thomas, Excellence, Vol. 1 (Image)
  • Sherry Thomas, The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan (Lee & Low)

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Break

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Lunch Keynote

Henry Barajas, La Voz de M.A.Y.O Tata Rambo (Image). In La Voz de M.A.Y.O.: Tata Rambo, Henry Barajas tells the true story of how his grandfather, Ramon Jaurigue (a.k.a. Tata Rambo), co-founded the Mexican, American, Yaqui, and Others (M.A.Y.O.) organization, which successfully lobbied the Tucson City Council to improve living and working conditions for members of the Pascua Yaqui and led to federal recognition of the Yaqui tribe.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM | Panel 2 | Stories That Engage Young Readers (and Beyond)

Relatable heroes, adventure-filled journeys, and laugh-out-loud truisms define these narratives for middle grade and teen readers. In this panel, authors and artists will discuss how they craft the highly engaging stories that young readers crave.

  • Drew Brockington, “CatStronauts” series; Hangry (Little, Brown)
  • Will Henry, Snug Harbor Stories: A Wallace the Brave Collection (Andrews McMeel)
  • Lucy Knisley, Stepping Stones (RHC)
  • Sarah Kuhn, Shadow of the Batgirl (DC)
  • Christine Taylor-Butler, The Lost Tribe: Trials (Move)
  • Jen Wang, Stargazing (Macmillan)

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM | Fast Learning Session 1: How the Arlington Public Library Does Their ComicCon Program

Thinking about hosting a ComicCon-style event at your library? Hear Tamera Miller, Program Specialist at the Arlington Public Library (TX), discuss her library’s highly successful model, and learn how to plan, market, and run your own Con.

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM | Fast Learning Session 2: Comics Nerd Expert Picks

Nicholas Allen, comics writer and co-founder of Rexco Comics, will talk about some of the must-have, under-the-radar new and forthcoming comics titles librarians need to know about, including his favorite web comics.

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM | Break

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM | Panel 3 | Portrait of the Artists

Though their styles and techniques vary greatly, the artists on this panel share a commitment to excellence in visual storytelling. This panel will offer a behind-the-scenes deep dive into their artistic processes.

  • Erin Nations, Gumballs (Top Shelf/IDW)
  • Becky Cloonan, Reaver; By Chance or By Providence (Image)
  • Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key series; Tales from the Darkside (IDW)
  • Koren Shadmi, The Twilight Man: Rod Sterling and the Birth of Television (Humanoids)

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM | Closing Keynote

James Tynion IV, Something Is Killing the Children (BOOM! Studios). Best known for his work on the “Batman” series with DC Comics, GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV now delves into horror with a brand-new limited series, Something Is Killing the Children, about “staring into the abyss to find your worst fears staring back.”