Professionals Gather in Philadelphia for the Public Library Association Conference

Hosted biennially, the Public Library Association Conference is the premier event for public libraries, and draws thousands of librarians, library supoprt staff, trustees, library vendors, and more nationwide. Taking place this year on March 20-24 in Philadelphia, the conference includes education programs, social events, author luncheons, networking receptions, and an exhibits hall featuring the latest books, products, and services.

The conference is hosted by the Public Library Association, the largest association dedicated to supporting public library professionals, in collaboration with its parent organization the American Library Association. In 2018, Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics, and Lion Forge were featured in the exhibits hall throughout the conference.


Exhibiting a slate of highly anticipated upcoming releases, creators from both Image Comics and Lion Forge were available for signings during the conference.

Tee Franklin was available at the Children's Plus and Image Comics booth during the conference, signing her beloved LGBTQ+ romance graphic novel Bingo LoveBingo Love follows the tale of Hazle Johnson and Mari McCray. After meeting at a church bingo hall in 1963, the two quickly become best friends and eventually realize they have fallen in love. Forced apart by their familes for their unconventional relationship, Hazel and Mari marry young men and have families. Decades later, now in their mid-'60s, the two reuinite again in a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.

Signing at the Publisher Spotlight booth during PLA, Sheena Howard and Amy Chu attended the conference to promote their titles from Lion Forge's superhero universe. Sheena is the creator behind Superb Volume 1: Life After the Fallout. After The Event in which Earth was saved from an asteroid but a meteor shower hit the world, Youngstown, Ohio, became a Level 5 impact zone, with incidents of mysterious powers emerging in teenagers. Kayla Tate and her friend Jonah Watkins, a young man with Down Syndrome, have become the heroes Amina and Cosmosis to stop the Foresight Corporation from kidnapping and experimenting on the new breed of superpowered youth.

Along with Sheena, Amy (Poison IvyRed Sonja) was available to sign Summit Volume 1: The Long Way Home from Lion Forge. Following the aftermath of The Event, Valentina "Val" Resnick-Baker, the sole survivor of The Event space mission, is now haunted by the loss of her teammates and her girlfriend Kay. Val also discovers her survival had the shocking side effect of bestowing her with superpowers. While the rest of the world begins to move on, Val finds she still has a long road ahead of her.

The Public Library Association also announced the winners of its eleven 2018 service awards and grants which honor the best in public library service, inonvation, and outreach. The winners will be recognized as a part of a welcome breakfast at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans by PLA President Pam Smith and the award sponsors. To see a full list of the service award and grant recipients, click here

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