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Program Night: The Comics Craze: How Comics and Graphic Novels are Adapting to Change

March 16 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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On Tuesday, March 16th, join BIGNY for a conversation with an extraordinary panel of comics and graphic novel professionals! Readers, creators, seasoned fans, and newbies alike are all welcome to this discussion on the growth of comics and graphic novels.

The program will be held via Zoom at 6:00 P.M. EST,  and will be preceded by a social (also via Zoom) from 5:15 PM to 5:45 P.M. EST. If you’re looking to chat publishing, comics, bookmaking, and more before the panel, come join in on the fun! No solicitations, please. 

Panelists include: 

Sara Gómez Woolley, an award-winning illustrator, graphic novelist, and educator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked on a variety of projects for clients including DC COMICS, Image Comics, Scholastic, and Random House. 

Joseph Illidge is the Executive Editor for Heavy Metal magazine. Previously, he served as an  Editor on the Batman line of comics for DC Entertainment, Executive Editor for Valiant Entertainment, and Senior Editor for “Hair Love” producers Lion Forge on their superhero imprint, “Catalyst Prime”. 

Chris Arrant is the Senior Editor for Newsarama, one of the largest and longest-running comics news outlets in North America. In addition to that, he has written about comics and entertainment for Entertainment Weekly, Life Magazine, Cartoon Brew, CBR, and others. 

Whitney Leopard is the senior editor at Random House Graphic where she edits graphic novels for kids and young adults. Originally an editor at BOOM! Studios, Whitney has worked in the industry for a decade and has had the pleasure of working on award-winning series such as LUMBERJANES, ADVENTURE TIME, and OVER THE GARDEN WALL.  

Lauren White-Jackson will serve as moderator. Lauren is an award-winning writer, editor, and Co-Chair for the Program Committee at The Book Industry Guild of New York. At the age of 11, she was featured in an issue of the RedEye for her art and participation at the DuSable Museum Arts Festival. She has worked as an editor and teacher in Tokyo, Chicago, and New York City. 

The Book Industry Guild of New York is a professional organization committed to providing informational programs, supporting literacy efforts, and encouraging young writers and members of the publishing community. 

During such a tumultuous period within and beyond the publishing space, we greatly appreciate donations, which help us to continue providing quality and informative programming. Thank you for your support!


March 16
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM