LIPopCon 2018: Panels, Workshops and Seminars

(Note: We are working to finalize our Session Schedule)


Oh, The Horror!: Like the undead, demand for all things horror-related is on the rise. Last year alone saw the breakout success of TV shows like Stranger Things, comics like Locke & Key, and novels such as Mr. Splitfoot. This panel of comic creators will examine horror’s surge in popularity and why this often-maligned genre should, instead, make librarians scream with delight.

Just Meme It: Join Tumblr’s own meme librarian, Amanda Brennan, to learn about social media trends, what they mean for libraries, and how librarians can use them to promote services, disseminate information, and have fun!

Level Up: Building Video Games With Bloxels: Bloxels is an innovative and intuitive video game development platform that allows kids of all ages to create their own video games! With easy-to-use physical and digital tools, gamer’s can bring retro arcade-style games to life – choosing the story, characters, design, and configuration. Learn how to bring this fun and informative new tech program to your library!

Fandom Feuds: From Ghostbusters to Steven Universe to Gamergate, it’s not all friendship and fun in fandoms, these days. This panel will explore the darker elements of fandom, when shared passions and camaraderie give way to fighting and bullying, as well as offer tips for librarians working with local fan communities.

Graphic Novel Reader’s Theater: A live, comics reading, involving lots of audience participation and silliness. Dave Roman will perform chapters from his all-ages graphic novels with the illustrated panels projected onto a large screen for all to see, with audience members filling out the cast to play some of the characters. This is a truly participatory panel, so come join in the fun!

DIY Zine-ing for the Rad Librarian: Zines (self-published magazines) have a long history in the United States, related to resistance, feminism, and cultural/social trends. Participants in this workshop will learn the definition and history of zines, the librarians’ role in teaching and cataloging zines, as well as an informational how-to guide for the production of zines. This is a resource-heavy presentation, and librarians will leave with information on different types of zines, various zine libraries across the country, and ways to facilitate zine workshops as part of library programming.

Our Favorite Thing Is Monsters: From The Walking Dead to Harry Potter to True Blood to Frankenstein, werewolves, zombies, vampires and other monsters have populated pop culture for generations. What is it about creepy creatures that makes us love them so? What role do they play in storytelling? What happens when they are written or drawn to defy stereotypes? And what does our love of everything monstrous say about us? Find out from some folks who create monsters for a living!

Tabletop Gaming’s Critical Role in Libraries: As the hit web series Critical Role has shown, tabletop games have never been more popular. Requiring little to no funds, gaming programs are easy to host in libraries and provides numerous opportunities for fostering critical thinking skills, while simultaneously supporting learning. As a platform to teach both subject area content, as well as information literacy skills, tabletop games are both educational and enjoyable. In this session, participants will gain an overview of tabletop gaming trends, learn how tabletop games benefit libraries, and learn tips for proposing gaming programs to library stakeholders, as well as tips for facilitating programs.

The Future is FanFic: Fan-penned works of fiction have gone from reviled to revered in literary circles, with many commercially popular works – including books, plays, and films – having grown from fanfic roots. Join librarians, amateur writers, and those who’ve gone pro to find out how writing groups that focus on fun and fandoms can morph into critically-acclaimed artistic outlets and profitable careers.



Session I:
10:00am – 11:00am

Session II:
11:15am – 12:15pm

12:15pm – 12:45pm

Lunch & Keynote Speaker Presentation:
12:45pm – 2:15pm

2:15pm – 2:45pm

Session III:
2:45pm – 3:45pm

Signed Books and Raffle Pick-Up:
3:45pm – 4:00pm

LIPopCon 2018 will be held on
April 13th, 2018 – 9:30am to 4:00pm