TOON Books enjoyed its public debut with a reception for librarians at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. We were most honored by the participation of two top librarians who helped make the event a great success: Michele Gorman, author of Getting Graphic! Comics for Kids, who provided barnstorming opening remarks about the value of comics for kids, and Elizabeth Bird of the Donnell Library Center, who led a Q+A with TOON Books Editorial Director Fran├žoise Mouly and Series Advisor Art Spiegelman. Elizabeth provides a most gracious account of her evening on her blog at the School Library Journal‘s website, illustrated with photos. The event was also attended and noted by Kids Love Comics, an organization TOON Books is pleased to be associated with, The Graphic Novels Guy at M. J. Rose’s website (an enthusiastic Diamond associate who offers an alternate photograph of the event), and Laura at the Pinot and Prose website. An image from the event was briefly featured as Publishers Weekly‘s sadly ephemeral “Picture of the Day.” We preserve here the image caption for posterity:

TOON Books celebrates its official launch with a librarian reception at the ALA Midwinter Meetings in Philadelphia. With a standing room only audience, Michele Gorman, author of Getting Graphic! Comics for Kids; along with NYPL’s Betsy Bird, who is also a contributing blogger for School Library Journal, made the formal introductions. Francoise Mouly, art editor for The New Yorker and her legendary husband, Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, spoke to key librarians and industry insiders on how they approached creating a line of graphic novels for beginning readers. In this photo: Betsy moderates questions from the audience for Francoise and Art.



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