CBLDF is excited to announce three retailer webinars for November 2019! Our webinar series is intended to provide practical advice, strategies, and resources to help comics retailers better serve their communities. Register now to be a part of these valuable educational tools. Check out the list below and register for one or all today.
Retailing to Schools and Libraries
Saturday, November 2, 2019 @ 12:00-1:00 pm PST
Learn the secrets of selling comics to schools and libraries in this information packed webinar by Jennifer Haines! More than ever, schools and libraries are eager to include comics, and no one is better positioned to help them navigate the landscape than comic book retailers! In this training-focused webinar, we’ll show you:
- How to develop relationships with local schools & libraries
- How to identify and promote the services your store can offer
- Incentives your store can provide to boost student visits
- Activities you can offer to engage students
- How to use the academic language to communicate the pedagogical value of comics
Every retailer completing this training will receive a certificate of completion, plus we’ll list your store as CBLDF Certified to work with schools and libraries in future publications for that audience.
Panelists: Jennifer Haines, M.A., B.Ed., is owner of The Dragon, an award-winning comics and games store headquartered in Guelph, Ontario. She is also ComicsPRO Vice-President and a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. With over ten years experience as an educator and extensive knowledge of comics, Ms. Haines is in a unique position to help comic retailers build a school client base.
Know Your Rights: Comics Retailer Edition
Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 1:00-2:00 pm PST
Join CBLDF for this fast-paced overview of the legal rights comic book stores depend upon. Learn the law and your rights in selling expressive content, while getting tangible how-to info for managing risk scenarios like police visits, media attacks, and more. This valuable webinar provides best practices and the opportunity for Q&A. A must-attend for comic store staffers of all experience levels!
Panelist: Charles Brownstein has served as the Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund since 2002. During his tenure the organization has achieved numerous legal victories, been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, and has become the leading source of education and advocacy for combating comics censorship in libraries and schools. His prolific and sought out lectures on comics history have reached audiences all over the world. His publications include Eisner/Miller and The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen and contributions to numerous anthologies, most recently Selling Comics. He has been featured in documentaries including Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics. In addition to his work at CBLDF, Brownstein serves as chair of the Banned Books Week Coalition, on the Board of Directors of the Media Coalition, and is past-president of the Freedom to Read Foundation. Learn more about his work at www.cbldf.org.
Monday, November 11, 2019 @ 1:00-2:00 pm PST
Comic book stores are the industry’s front line, which often makes their employees the first people local media turns to when a comic book story comes up – the good ones as well as the bad and the ugly. This CBLDF webinar provides practical best practices for how to manage media situations, including how to take control of hostile situations, proactive steps to establish good community outreach, and procedures every store should have in place for media communications and outreach.
- Jacq Cohen, Executive Director of Marketing, Publicity, and Promotions, Fantagraphics
- Mitch Cutler, Owner, St. Marks Comics
- Alex Segura, Co-President, Archie Comics
- Seina Fallon, Media/Comm Director, NC Comicon
- Charles Brownstein, Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund