Virtual Library Comic Convention

The Metropolitan Library Services Agency (MELSA) is pleased to announce that Minnesota is one of ten states hosting the Virtual Library Comic Convention (VLCC) in partnership with library services company BiblioLabs.

Leading comic, graphic novel, and children’s book publishing partners are coming together to help libraries deliver remote services during the COVID-19 social distancing period.

There are two key opportunities for comics and graphic novel fans: First, a huge collection of more than 4,000 titles is available to read online for free, no login required, through August 31, 2020. The comics and graphic novels are organized by category, including superhero stories, real-life history, sports, fairy tales, horror, and more. There’s something for every graphic novel and comic fan. To check out the collection, go to

Second, to celebrate comic and graphic novels together even while the pandemic keeps us apart, there will be a virtual comic con on July 30, 2020, with free, unlimited registration for everyone in the state. The sessions feature authors and artists, as well as librarians discussing publishing programs available at public libraries. Sessions include:

  • Worth 1,000 Words: Visual Storytelling Through Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Comic Book Art 101: Demonstrations, Tips and Tricks of the Trade
  • BookFeud: Graphic Novel and Comic Edition

To register for these free sessions, go to