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PORTLAND, Ore. 11/08/2022 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that Nigerian brothers and New Masters co-creators Shobo Coker (Buckhead) and Shof Coker (“Moremi” feature in Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire) and Tillie Walden (Clementine) will keynote at the upcoming LibraryCon Live free virtual event hosted by Library Journal and School Library Journal on November 17 from 10 AM-5 PM ET.

The event will also showcase a number of additional bestselling Image talent on a variety of panels.


10:30 - 11:00 AM ET | Opening Keynote

  • Shobo Coker & Shof Coker, New Masters (Image Comics)
  • Tillie Walden, Clementine: Book One (Image Comics/Skybound Comet)

Moderator: Dr. Grace Gipson, PhD, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University

11 AM - 5 PM ET | Studio Spotlights
Step inside artists’ studios as they discuss their work, from technique and medium to design and collaboration. Available on demand all day!

  • Claudia Aguirre, Sweet Valley Twins: Best Friends (Random House Children's Books)
  • Maureen Burdock, Queen of Snails: A Graphic Memoir (Penn State University Press/Graphic Mundi)
  • Amanda Castillo, Mapmakers and the Lost Magic (Random House Children's Books)
  • Asiah Fulmore, Family Time (Ablaze)
  • Carson Grubaugh, Strange Death of Alex Raymond (Living the Line)
  • John Gurney, Fuzzy Baseball, Vol. 5 (Mad Cave)
  • Matthew Holm, Big Adventures of Babymouse (Random House Children's Books)
  • Ryan Lang, Issunboshi (Oni Press)
  • Sarah Sax, Picture Day (Random House Children's Books)
  • Stephen Shaskan, Pizza & Taco series (Random House Children's Books)
  • Chip Zdarsky, Public Domain (Image Comics), Stillwater (Image Comics/Skybound)

11:05 - 11:55 AM ET | Crime Scene
Learn the latest on the crime scene from these panelists whose latest works run the gamut from murder mysteries to occult noir.

  • Jumata Emill, The Black Queen (Random House Children’s Books)
  • Jay Faerber, Elsewhere (Image Comics), Area 510 (Oni Press)
  • Marcos Martín & Ed Brubaker, Friday, Book Two: On A Cold Winter's Night (Image Comics)
  • Andrew Wheeler, Sins of the Black Flamingo (Image Comics)

Moderator: Crystal Chen, Teen Center Coordinator, YA Services, NYPL

2:05 - 2:55 PM ET | Haunting Horror
Experience thrills and chills as these panelists examine what inspires their writing and why tales of terror resonate.

  • Mark Bouchard, It Took Luke (Oni Press)
  • Nick Medina, Sisters of the Lost Nation (Penguin Random House)
  • Kyle Starks, I Hate This Place (Image Comics/Skybound)
  • Alec Worley, John Carpenter's Night Terrors: The Coffin Road (Storm King)

Moderator: Becky Spratford, Readers' Advisor

3:30 - 4:20 PM ET | Growing Into Your Power(s)
Coming of age can be a perilous journey; these panelists, whose works are aimed at middle grade and teen readers, will discuss using elements of the fantastic to portray characters who still feel real.

  • Maiya Ibrahim, Spice Road series (Random House Children’s Books)
  • Tehlor Kay Mejia, Lucha of the Night Forest (Random House Children’s Books)
  • Maria Ingrande Mora, The Immeasurable Depth of You (Peachtree Teen)
  • Gabe Cole Novoa, The Wicked Bargain (Random House Children’s Books)
  • Mairghread Scott, Sea Serpent's Heir (Image Comics/Skybound Comet)

Moderator: Monisha Blair, Head Librarian, Key Middle School, Fairfax County (VA)

3:30 - 4:20 PM ET | Superheroes
Delve into the world of superheroes with this panel of novelists and comics authors.

  • Deniz Camp, 20th Century Men (Image Comics), Bloodshot Unleashed (Valiant Entertainment)
  • Cherish Chen, Radiant Red (Image Comics)
  • Mackenzi Lee, The Winter Soldier: Cold Front (Disney Publishing/Marvel Press)
  • Alex Segura, Araña, Spider-Man 2099: Dark Tomorrow (Disney Publishing/Marvel Press)

Moderator: Ashley Rayner, Librarian at NORC, University of Chicago (IL)


10-10:30 AM ET
Wes Craig, Kaya, Deadly Class (Image Comics)

1:20 - 1:50 PM ET
Kyle Starks, I Hate This Place (Image Comics/Skybound)

Join Library Journal and School Library Journal on November 17 for the sixth annual LibraryCon Live! This is a day-long celebration of fandom, spotlighting genre fiction for adults and teens with panels devoted to comics and graphic novels, horror, sf/fantasy, and more. In addition to panels and keynotes, there are also fast-track learning sessions hosted by librarians and studio spotlights focusing on visual artists. Plus, networking opportunities online while exploring the virtual exhibit hall, insight from publishers about their newest books, downloadable galleys and resources, and engagement opportunities in live chats with featured authors and illustrators. Members of the public, school librarians, educators, and super-fans, won't want to miss this chance to meet with some of the industry's favorite creators!