Monday, February 26, 2007

New York Comic Con

On Thursday morning I drove to New York City with a librarian friend from RI. We were on our way to the ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The city was an easy destination without much traffic on the drive.

The conference was open to anyone with a professional interest in graphic novels so the audience was filled with retailers, librarians, reporters for trade journals and publishers. It was a lively afternoon filled with discussions about manga and its impact here in the States. Manga is a way of life in Japan. It's just how books are written. According to the industry people, people in Japan read manga if they're pregnant or play mah jong or just want a good book to read.

Unfortunately manga and graphic novels aren't as readily accepted here in the U.S. But with the recent publication of the 9/11 Commission Report as a graphic novel, maybe the tide is turning. Stop by the Teen Zone to get a bookmark or poster from Comic Con.