GNCRT Panels and Programming

GNCRT @ ALA Annual Virtual 2021

GNCRT President's Program: Comics and Health - A Match Made in the Gutter 

Comics have a long been a place for creators to share stories of health and illness, not to mention playing a role in public health and patient communication for more than a century. Yet it wasn't until 2007, when Welsh physician Ian Williams coined the term graphic medicine to describe the intersection of the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare that the idea, field, genre really took hold. Over the last 15 years there has been a dramatic rise in comics published, studies written, courses taught, and library collections dedicated to graphic medicine - but for many, it remains a new or strange idea. Join us for a lively discussion on the formation of the field, how libraries have been instrumental in its rise, and to learn how graphic medicine fits into your library.

Panelists: MK Czerwiec, RN, MA, Ian Williams, MD, MA, and Brittany Netherton; Moderated by GNCRT President-Elect Matthew Noe

Celebrating the 2021 Recipients of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries - Saturday, June 26, 2021; 4:00pm CT

This annual reception is a celebration of comics and graphic novels in libraries. Included are the official presentation of the two Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grants and the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant to the winning library systems. While Will Eisner helped to create the graphic novel format, leading librarians have long-championed the many benefits of the graphic novel and comics to the world's readers of all ages. The grants are juried by leading professionals in the field. They are funded by the Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation and sponsored by the ALA Graphic Novels and Comics in Libraries Round Table.

Indigenous Voices and the Northern Ontario First Nation Graphic Novel Collective

In observation of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples Day, GNCRT presents a webinar highlighting the work of Indigenous voices in Canadian comics and a related Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant project from Ontario Library Service - North. Featuring Nancy Cooper (Southern Ontario Library Service) and Jay Odjick (Kagai) in conversation with Franco Vitella (Toledo Lucas County Public Library). RECORDNG NOW AVAILABLE

BCALA and GNCRT - Infinitum and Beyond

Join founder of Dieselfunk Studios, Tim Fielder, as he discusses his groundbreaking new graphic novel, INFINITUM: An Afrofuturist Tale, with Tatanisha Love, a member of the Black Caucus of the American Library Associationand the ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table. Afrofuturism re-envisions a thriving world where there is power in Black people, Black history, and Black advancement. It celebrates Black joy and Black community without fear or oppression. This conversation will include the scope of Afrofuturism, its evolution, and ways to incorporate INFINITUM in educational settings. A classroom study guide will be available for download near the end of the event. RECORDING COMING SOON


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.

Manga in Libraries: Defending the Collection - REGISTER NOW

Live Stream Monday, August 23rd @ 8:00pm ET

Manga in Libraries: Manga and Anime Programming

Public and school librarians from across the country discuss building a library culture, hosting manga and anime programming, and popular manga and anime series.

Manga in Libraries: Manga and Anime Programming Resource List

Manga in Libraries: Representation of Girls and Women in Manga

Experts will discuss the social context of gender expectations in Japan, sexuality and fanservice in manga, titles with positive representations and more...

Manga in Libraries: Representation of Girls and Women in Manga Resource List

Manga in Libraries: Why Manga?

Discussion about the importance of including manga in the collections, suggestions for purchasing, resources for collection development, and more!

Panelists: Jillian Ehlers, Christina Taylor, Ashley Hawkins, Nekenya Lewis-Yarbrough, and Sara Smith

Manga in Libraries, Why Manga? Resources List (pdf)



Black Future Month: featuring Jerry Craft & Ariell Johnson

Join Coretta Scott King winner, Newbery Award winner, and children’s cartoonist Jerry Craft, in conversation with Ariell Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, a Black-owned comic book store in Philadelphia, about Class Act, his companion book to New Kid and the comics on their to-read lists this year. This conversation will be moderated by librarians from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and the ALA Graphic Novels Comics Round Table (GNCRT).

ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: Black Future Month Resources - This is a list of resources suggested by our panelists Jerry Craft, Ariell Johnson; moderators Sandra Farag and Tatanisha Love, and audience during the webinar.


GNCRT and BCALA Panel - Black Lives Matter Comics Reading List (ALA Midwinter Virtual 2021)

The second in this series - join librarians from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and the ALA Graphic Novels Comics Round Table (GNCRT) as they present and discuss their debut comics reading list that highlights the history of Black experiences and demand for a better future. The Black Lives Matter Comics reading list serves as an essential resource for educators, parents, and readers of all ages.


  • - Sandra Farag, Head of Youth Services; Kalamazoo Public Library, MI
  • - Deimosa Webber-Bey, Director, Information Services & Cultural Insight; Scholastic, Inc, NY
  • - Tamela N. Chambers, Librarian IV; Chicago Public Library, IL
  • - Shira Mario, Librarian
  • - Tatanisha Love, Ed.S., Library Media Specialist; Baltimore County Public School System, MD

Black Lives Matter: Comics as a Powerful Lens for Social Justice

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

The first webinar in this series - Black Lives Matter: Comics as a Powerful Lens for Social Justice - features Stacey Robinson and John Jennings, co-creators (with writer Tony Medina), of I Am Alfonso Jones - the first graphic novel for young readers that addressed that Black Lives Matter movement and one of our featured comics on the BCALA / GNCRT Black Lives Matter Comics Reading List. Session moderated by Deimosa Webber-Bey, Director, Information Service & Cultural Insights, Scholastic Inc.

GNCRT @ ALA Virtual 2020

GNCRT President's Program: A (Comics) History in the Making!

GNCRT Programs on YouTube

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

Programming Projects

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