The Virtual Libraries Comic Convention and Bibliolabs are making more than 4,000 comics, graphic novels, and other childrens' materials available to Minnesota readers for free online over the duration of this summer. The collection is accessible online using the same geolocation system employed by Ebooks Minnesota.
According to the announcement penned by Bibliolabs CEO Mitchell Davis, "all of the involved partners are also cooperating on a virtual VLCC online event to be held this summer. That event will feature interactive sessions with some of the industry’s leading talent as well as librarians talking about grassroots graphic novel creation and local zine publishing programs. The event is a collaboration with the canceled CoMIXgraphicCON, part of the Twin Cities Teen Lit Con (TLC) which attracts approximately 1,400 attendees. The TLC event was scheduled to happen in late April, but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic."
Sarah Hawkins, project manager at the Metropolitan Library Services Agency (MELSA), added, "When we had to cancel our event, we reached out to BiblioLabs to see if this project might help fill the gap for us and for other canceled events across Minnesota. They reacted quickly and we are now in the process of re-organizing around the new virtual format."
The collection will also be available in California, New Jersey, Montana, Ohio, Massachusetts, Washington, Kentucky, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.