I started a new category on the Library Success: A Best Practices wiki for Cons. While ‘cons’ usually refer to manga, anime, comic, and graphic novel conventions, tabletop and video gaming conventions are also referred to as such. There is also a lot of crossover between the two formats and at the conventions themselves. Many librarians attend out of personal as well as professional interest as presenters, participants, chaperones of a teen anime or gaming club or all of the above. Cons can be a great way for the library to connect with the community and to make the connection that libraries are involved with gaming, art, CosPlays, and more.
There are other sites that track gaming and anime cons. The LibSuccess wiki and the ALA Online Communities for the YALSA Gaming Discussion group members are other places to consider checking or adding information to. Please consider contributing your experience from attending a con as well as gathering a community of librarians to help set up a table for gaming or give a presentation on gaming in libraries at. The Gaming Discussion Group would be happy to help with ideas and materials (ask us for the ‘ask me about Gaming and Libraries’ pin!). Chair: Beth Gallaway and co-chair: Kelly Czarnecki.
Next weekend is the New York Comic Con, also called ICv2 (view their site to find out why) Graphic Novel Conference: “The New Trends Shaping Pop Culture”. What a great con for YA librarians to attend-and indeed many are! Michele Gorman, YA Librarian, Teen Services Manager and fantastic presenter will be talking about graphic novels. If you can attend, it looks like a conference not to miss!
As a bit of an aside, toy manufacturers related to anime, graphic novels, etc. will be at the New York Comic Con as well. Read this short article about toys that were part of the American International Toy Fair (same convention center as the NY Comic Con) designed to protect kids from predators.