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At ALA Annual 2024

We have a whole range of programs, socials, and events happening at this year's ALA Annual Conference in San Diego!

View the complete GNCRT schedule here

Friday, June 28, 2024 | 11:00am – 3:00pm | Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 23 A B C

This year GNCRT is focusing on Manga, including discussions about collecting, reading, programming, and conversations with manga publishers.

Panel 1: Reading and Collecting Manga 101 | 11:15am-12:15pm
Panel 2: What’s Hot in Manga? | 1-2pm
Panel 3: Manga and Anime Programming @yourlibrary | 2-3pm
Saturday, June 29, 2024 | 9:00am – 10:30am | Location: San Diego Conference Center, Room 11 A

Join Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table President Shira Pilarski and a panel of special guests who will discuss the celebration of queer joy in comics.

Saturday, June 29, 2024 | 1 – 3pm | Location: Marriot Marquis | Grand Ballroom Section 9
Visit with creators and other comic loving library staff as we hear about upcoming titles and projects from your favorite publishers!
Sunday, June 30, 2024 | 9am – 10am | Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 8

Join us for a lively panel discussion on titles perfect for that middle school age range. Featuring creators Nora Dåsnes, Tri Vuong, Raina Telgemeier, and Jeremy Lambert.

Sunday, June 30, 2024 | 1– 2pm | Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 9

Book challenges are on the rise. Librarians, publishers, and creators share resources. Featuring C. Spike Trotman, Eti Berland, Tayla Cardillo. Moderated by David Walker.

Sunday, June 30, 2024 | 2:30– 3:30pm | Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 8

Comics and gaming are two great formats that go great together! Featuring Tony Weaver, Jr., Amber Sewell, Stephanie Brooks, and Samuel Sattin. Moderated by Tayla Cardillo.

Sunday Special Events

Saturday, June 29, 2024 | 10:30am – 11:30am | Location: San Diego Conference Center, Room 06 D

Join the GNCRT and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation in celebrating the recipients of the 2024 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries.

Saturday, June 29, 2024 | 4 – 6pm | Location: Hilton Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom A
Whether you're a long-time GNCRT veteran or hearing about us for the first time, connect with your fellow comics lovers and librarians. Refreshments while supplies last!
A panel room at ALA Annual Conference 2019 featuring a packed audience viewed from the back of the room looking at a glowing presentation including comics pages.

GNCRT Events

These projects focus on panels and programs the GNCRT hosts at conventions, conferences and virtually.

  • Libcomix Online - volunteers needed for program evaluation, organizing, logistics and promotion.
  • Banned Books Week & Freedom to Read Week Webinars - For Banned Books Week we regularly team up with our friends from the Intellectual Freedom Round Table and host a series of webinars around comics and intellectual freedom.
  • ALA and Library Conferences - planning and pitching GNCRT programming and outreach ideas for ALA conferences - in person or virtual.

GNCRT @ ALA Annual Virtual 2021

GNCRT on YouTube

You can find several of our previous webinars, panels, creator interviews, and other programming on the GNCRT YouTube Playlist

Preparing for Challenges

Hosted by the Addressing Comics Censorship Committee in 2023

To proactively fight these bans and challenges specific to the comics and graphic novel format, the Addressing Comics Censorship Committee presented a series of webinars to address Comics Challenges BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER they happen.

For more resources on comics and challenges, please see the GNCRT Addressing Challenges Toolkit.

Preparing for Challenges Webinars

Manga in Libraries

We're pleased to co-sponsor this series of webinars with the New York City School Librarians Association focused on manga in libraries.

Many librarians find themselves with lots of unanswered questions about manga readership, manga collection development, manga programming, and more. These questions will be answered by experts in a series of webinars about Manga in Libraries. These experts will share ideas and resources, while engaging in thoughtful conversations about the following topics: Why Manga?, Representation of Girls and Women in Manga, Anime and Manga Programming, and Defending the Collection, and more.

Manga in Libraries Webinars

GNCRT & BCALA Collab Webinars

As a part of our ongoing collaboration, the Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) launched a series of webinars with creators discussing the relevance of comics to the Black Lives Matter movement - and beyond.