On Thursday, October 9, 2014, Garden City Public Library Children’s Librarian Laura Giunta served as a panelist on a professional panel at New York Comic Con, a four-day convention held at the Javits Center in New York City that covers a wide range of pop culture, including books, comics, graphic novels, movies, television, and other media. The panel, entitled “Why Should I Let My Child Read Comics?” was aimed at librarians, teachers, educators, and parents to highlight the benefits of children reading comics and graphic novels as well as to offer suggested graphic novels and comic books for early readers, middle-grade readers, and young-adult readers.
The panel was submitted on behalf of the Nassau County Library Association’s Pop Culture Committee and the Suffolk County Library Association’s Pop Culture Committee. Laura Giunta, who is currently the chair of NCLA’s Pop Culture Committee as well as the recording secretary for NCLA, also organized a trip to New York Comic Con for other librarians in Nassau County and the tri-state area, including Garden City Public Library Children’s Librarian Barbara Grace.
Librarians, teachers and parents as well as children, ‘tweens, and young adults, looking to see the benefits of reading graphic novels and comic books and get some comic-book and graphic-novel recommendations, can view the topics and titles discussed during the panel at the website, kidsreadcomics.wordpress.com, which was created by Laura Giunta specifically for the panel.
Over 151,000 people attended New York Comic Con this year, making it the largest convention in North America. New York Comic Con, which made national headlines this month, was also attended by major publishers and comic-book companies, as well as notable children’s authors, such as Jeff Kinney, Tony DiTerlizzi, and R.L. Stine.