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Comic-Con@Home: Here’s your Wednesday schedule

Comic-Con will only be online this year
Comic-Con will be online only this year.
(Associated Press)

With in-person event canceled because of COVID-19, annual convention shifts online with a virtual Comic-Con event, which will be open to everyone online

Comic-Con International, re-branded as Comic-Con@Home, will kick off online Wednesday, July 22, and is free for everyone.

The plan is for 350 panels spread out over five days and to be streamed online at youtube.com/user/ComicCon. Canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will only be available on the Internet for the first time in its 51-year history.

The schedule for Wednesday, usually Comic-Con’s preview night, will have limited events focused on comic books for younger readers and instructional panels.

Here are some highlights with official descriptions courtesy of the folks at Comic-Con. For a complete schedule, go here.

Comics in the Classroom

Lit-X Teacher Cohort members Eric Kallenborn (fine arts department chair, Oak Lawn Community High School) and teacher Michael Gianfrancesco (North Providence High School) collected questions on social media from teachers, parents, and librarians about all things comics in the classroom and posed those questions to this amazing panel: Ronell Whitaker (English department chair, Community High School District 218), Lucy Knisley (comic creator Stepping Stones, Relish, French Milk), Jason Walz (teacher/comic creator Last Pick, Homesick), and Lisa Wu (consultant and former teacher).

3 to 4 p.m., YouTube link: youtu.be/usVy_zerb74

GeekEd: Re-storied: Re-imaging creative privilege

History is a story told by the victors: until it’s not. The story landscape is changing. There is more space in the narrative world for stories both by and about people with diverse experiences. Join our lively panel debate to see how that re-storying is emerging; in academic institutions, in live performance, in digital experiences, and in a proliferation of creative tools that empower people to tell their stories.

Introduction by Brian MacDonald, UCLA, GeekED (ucla.edu)
Moderated by Asha Eaton, KTN manager ImmerseUK (immerseuk.org)
Panelists
Pip Brignall, co-director Reality Check Productions (realitycheckproductions.co.uk)
Sarah Ellis, director of digital development at Royal Shakespeare Company (rsc.org.uk)
Juliette Levy, University of California, Riverside, Dept of History (juliettelevy.org)
Linda Sellheim, education program manager at Epic Games (epicgames.com
Tess Tanenbaum, University of California, Irvine, Transformative Play Lab (transformativeplay.ics.uci.edu)

3 to 4 p.m., YouTube link: youtu.be/wo5ukr8575s

GeekED: Watchmen and the Cruelty of Masks

HBO’s Watchmen put forth the idea that “masks make one cruel”. On college campuses, many people, both students and non-students have taken up virtual masks to make statements and take actions that would not be acceptable if done in public. Zoom bombing, doxing, and anonymous threats have caused much dismay, particularly as campuses move to remote learning due to COVID-19. Come hear what educators have to say about the power of masks and how Watchmen and other comics show us a path towards heroism or villainy. Dr. Kalenda Eaton (University of Oklahoma), Dr. David Surratt (University of Oklahoma), Hailey Lopez (UC Berkeley), Robert Hypes (Phoenix Creative Collective), and Alfred Day (UC Berkeley).

4 to 5 p.m., YouTube link: youtu.be/H5R-9kcV0WY

New Kids Comics

Moderator Candice Mack, vice President of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, will talk to creators Jerry Craft, Faith Erin Hicks, Robin Ha, Jerry Craft, Derick Brooks an Jonathan Hill.

5 to 6 p.m., YouTube link: youtu.be/o0y4sKddiII

Spirit Skies: How to publish an international youth comic in the age of COVID-19

Are you a high school student with dreams of becoming a graphic novelist? Are you a high school teacher with dreams of creating a graphic novel with your class? Spirit Skies is a graphic novel written and illustrated exclusively by high school students! Not only did we dream it, we DID it! The panel will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on cross cultural artistic exchange, how technology has made this project easier and more dynamic! The student panel of writers and illustrators - including a Guna native from Panama who wrote the sequel from the tropical point of view- will be on the panel, featuring never-before-seen art, and a sneak peek at the next volume in the Spirit Skies story! The panel will take you on an exploratory journey — through the eyes of a Hummingbird! Spirit Skies is not just an adventure written by high school students - it is a lesson in environmental stewardship. With the lesson that we are all interconnected, all you have to do is go outside and you will be interacting with wildlife. It could be a hummingbird coming from Panama or Alaska!

6 to 7 p.m., YouTube link: youtu.be/PIh22lpvYJc

Teaching Graphic Novels Online

Meryl Jaffe (Worth A Thousand Words) with panelists Laurence Tan (educator) Rachelle Cruz (educator, author Experiencing Comics), and Talia Hurwich (educator, author Worth A Thousand Words) discuss how graphic novels can inspire and enrich online classroom lessons for students grades 3 and up. We discuss challenges, lesson ideas, and loads of resources.

6 to 7 p.m., YouTube link: youtu.be/JlRX_Qb2s1E


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