Here at CBLDF, we believe that everything is better when we work together! That’s why Community is Our Superpower! We wanted to use our WonderCon@Home programming to spotlight resources useful to the comic community during this time of crisis. We’ll get through this together.
League of Graphic Novel Educators
Join the League of Graphic Novel Educators to get access to exclusive teaching materials and a supportive community of librarians, parents, and educators of all kinds joining together to raise readers through graphic novel literacy.
Using Graphic Novels boasts in depth lesson plans for nearly 40 graphic novels! Titles include Amulet, Drama, This One Summer, Nimona, Ms. Marvel, Astronaut Academy, Lumberjanes, March and many, many more. This tool is a fantastic one-stop-shop to create lessons with titles many you already have around the house.
CBLDF Discussion Guides are conversation starters to lead graphic novel discussions around books that have been banned and challenged. In each guide, you will find the book’s synopsis, themes, suggested age range, reason challenged, discussion questions, and best of all, activities! Titles include Persepolis, Sandman, Watchmen, Maus, Fun Home, and more!
Book clubs are a great tool to create community, stay connected, and share the love of comics! We assembled new resources and updated our comic book club handbooks to provide tips and tools to help you take your book clubs remote. You can use these resources to launch your book club community
CBLDF Presents: She Changed Comics is the definitive history of the women who changed free expression in comics, with profiles of more than 60 groundbreaking female professionals and interviews with the women who are changing today’s medium, including Raina Telgemeier, Noelle Stevenson, G. Willow Wilson, and more!
To help provide for our community, CBLDF is making the digital edition of She Changed Comics pay what you want during the Covid-19 crisis. We’re also offering free teaching resources and student worksheets to utilize these histories for remote learning. If you can’t afford to donate during this uncertain time, name a price of $0 – the important thing is to get and share these histories of women who not only changed comics but changed the world.
Let’s create is a a simple template that can be printed out, or used digitally to create a comic. Whether you print out the pages and staple them together, download the digital files to use on a tablet or computer, or mix and match all of the above — the possibilities for creation are endless.
Industry Support Programs
We have created new tools that can help you cope with the challenges we’re all facing. Resources include a comprehensive state-by-state clearinghouse resource for financial aid, training tools, and other important information.
Please support our CBLDF Retail Members who continue to serve their communities throughout this current crisis. This directory includes protocols they are following to safely get comics into readers’ hands and contact information. If you are able, please consider supporting your local comic shop during this time.
We’ve created training webinars for retailers looking to gain new skills that can help the navigate the current crisis.
- Remote Retailing: Connecting With Your Customer examines how comic shops can maintain connections with their customers
- Government Relief Loans for Comic Businessesis an instructional video on how to apply for government relief loans
- Social Media: Best Practices for the Comic Book Retailer covers how social media can be used to keep in contact with customers, maintain community, and sell comics.
Remote Retailing Resources
CBLDF is helping retailers adapt to remote retailing with valuable training resources from the best minds in the business!
- Intro to Selling Online and Ebay Stores is a guide to selling comics on online platforms like eBay.
- Put Your Comic Shop Online provides tips on how to build an online webstore for your comic shop.
- Selling Comics is a practical guide to the nuts and bolts of modern comics retailing, with essays and “best practices” guidelines from some of the sharpest minds in the industry.
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