Once a niche format, graphic novels have exploded in popularity within classrooms and libraries. Graphic novels employ an unique combination of fun art and engrossing storylines that help readers expand their imaginations and their love of reading. On this interactive panel, meet a stellar line-up of graphic novelists who will talk about the difference between graphic novels and comics books, if graphic novels are literature, and the value of reading graphic novels. Then kids will work with these bestselling authors to create a mad lib draw off where they can call out characters, objects, etc. and our participating authors will create a story. Bring your imagination (and your parents). Panelists include Ben Costa and James Parks / RICKETY STITCH, Jenni and Matt Holm / BABYMOUSE and Jeffrey Brown / LUCY AND ANDY.