NYCC 2014: Comics Making Kids Smarter, Minecraft Novels, and Rat Queens for the Win! ~ What'cha Reading?

NYCC 2014: Comics Making Kids Smarter, Minecraft Novels, and Rat Queens for the Win!


Well, New York Comic Con 2014 is in the bag, and I’m decompressing after a whirlwind weekend. While I didn’t get to any panels (my fellow Rat Queens Julie Nancy, and Frenchie took care of that, though, never fear), I did get to meet a lot of publishers and talk books. Because that’s what I do.

Winner of the Con for me? Skyhorse Publishing, whose Sky Pony Press imprint for younger readers is right up my son’s alley, and hopefully, the alleys of the kids at my library. I got a set of GAMEKNIGHT999’s – aka Mark Cheverton – Minecraft trilogy for middle grade readers (that’s grades 3-6, folks), and Mark even autographed a copy of the first book for my son. I bought a copy of their Brick Dracula and Brick Frankenstein compendium (Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – complete with Lego illustrations). I can’t wait to review it all here, so watch this space.

NYCC 2014: Comics Making Kids Smarter, Minecraft Novels, and Rat Queens for the Win!

I also spent some time at the Quirk Books table, where we all got a signed poster from fellow fangirl and Mary Sue Associate Editor Sam Maggs, whose Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is one of my most anticipated books of 2015. You’ve seen the poster all over Facebook, Twitter, The Mary Sue – if you haven’t, here it is. Live it. Be it. Love it.

fangirl-posterI loved being there from a librarian’s perspective this year, because I got to see ways I can continue connecting kids with books. Comics books, graphic novels geek culture – there’s so many ways to reach kids now. It’s a great time to be a geek, a parent, an educator.

Speaking of which, I spent a lot of my time at the Reading with Pictures booth this weekend, promoting the Comics Make Kids Smarter textbook. Josh had some great panels and really got the word out.

That’s all for this post – I have some other stuff to cover, never fear – but for now, I’ll leave you with my favorite picture to come out of NYCC2014 – our Rat Queens bonding moment, which took place in an Artist Alley bathroom. Hey, call it seedy if you want, but I’d like to think it’s right in character with Hannah, Violet, Dee, and Betty.

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About Author

Rosemary Kiladitis is a children’s librarian, a mom, and a proud fangirl/nerdgirl. She did her homework while watching reruns of the 1966 Batman series, which led to her longstanding relationship with the Bat, and she’s pretty sure that Barbara Gordon is the real reason she went to library school. She loves superheroes, supervillains, and is secretly married to Hellboy. Or Loki. She can’t remember, but it’s one of them. Roe blogs about children’s and teen books at, and you can read her 140 character ramblings on twitter @RoeSolo.


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