Official Press Release
The New York Center for Independent Publishing is venturing into a new
medium with SPLAT!, our first annual Graphic Novel Symposium,
featuring panels, workshops, discussions and a Q&A with Scott McCloud
(Zot! and Making Comics). The event will take place on Saturday, March
15, 2008. Registration is now open and is $125.
Addressing the graphic novel’s upsurge of growth into the general public
consciousness, the SPLAT! Symposium will provide an intensive
educational forum for the publishing community, educators, librarians,
and people eager to find out more about the comics universe. It will
also supply prospective creators with a unique opportunity to learn
what it takes to be a graphic novelist.
The symposium is being sponsored by the NYCIP. The programming
committee includes: Lance Fensterman, BEA & New York ComicCon; Gina
Gagliano, First-Second Books & MOCCA; Sharon Ma, MOCCA; Dallas
Middaugh, Del Rey Manga, Random House; Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly
& PW Comics Week; John Shableski, Diamond Book Distributors; and Leah
In addition to Scott McCloud, the conference will feature Jim Killen,
Barnes and Noble; David Saylor, Scholastic; Raina Telgemeier, The
Baby-Sitters Club; Ted Rall, Attitude: The New Subversive Political
Cartoonists; CB Cebulski, Marvel Comics; Bob Mecoy, Bob Mecoy Literary
Agency; R. Sikoryak, The Seduction of Mike; Nick Bertozzi, The Salon;
and Charles Brownstein, CBLDF.
SPLAT will consist of three different tracks of panels, seminars, and
workshops designed for the publishing industry, would-be creators, and
librarians. The first track will feature panels on topics including
“Who Reads Graphic Novels” and “How to Get Published;” the second
track will consist of hands-on workshops on subjects such as
“Storytelling” and “Where to Start with Art;” and the final
library-oriented track will include seminars on “Using Anime & Manga
to Light the Fire in Your Young Adult Collection” and “Defending Your
Graphic Novels Collections from Challenges and Censorship.”
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