Once again SDCC is teaming up with the San Diego Public Library to host the annual Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians, a free five-day conference on graphic novels and libraries, held during SDCC, Wednesday–Sunday, July 17–21.

This year marks the establishment of the ALA’s Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table, which organized the programming for this year’s conference. The panels will be held at SDPL’s Shiley Special Events Suite.

This is the fourth year of the conference, which includes a Library Day on Thursday and a day of panels devoted to developing comics in libraries, as well as days devoted to publishers, educators, and workshops. Here is a select listing of panels for each day of CCEL.

Thursday, July 18, 10–11 a.m.

Comics State of the Union: The Blue Age of Comics, the Rise of Kamala Khan, and Comics Librarianship

Meet Amie Wright, the first president of the ALA’s Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table, will discuss trends and challenges in comics librarianship.

Friday, July 19, 5–6 p.m.

Teaching with Manga: When Classic Literature Meets Manga

Claudia McGivney, an assistant professor and reference librarian at Adelphi University, along with teachers from around the country, will discuss using manga and graphic novels in the classroom and the powerful results they can bring.

Saturday, July 20, 4–5 p.m.

Comics, Culture, and the Classroom

Three diverse educators—Chanti Burnette (Animo South Los Angeles High School), Kimberlee Kelley (Animo Leadership High School), and Timothy Ojetunde (Green Dot Public Schools)—will share pedagogical theories and practical examples of embedding comic books and popular culture into high school curricula.

Sunday, July 21, 3–4 p.m.

To Me, My X-Men: Superheroes, Comics, and Academic Success

Ryan Claytor (Michigan State University, Elephant Eater Comics), Rachelle Cruz (UC Riverside, Experiencing Comics), Jazmine Joyner (Women Write About Comics, the Comics MNT), and Ben Superfine (University of Illinois at Chicago) will share the ways that they use comics, superheroes, and creative projects to educate, engage, and contribute to the academic success of students.