After the panel, my friend Naseem blindsided me with some great news.
The Canadian Children's Book Centre just released their annual "Best Books for Kids & Teens" guide. As far as I know it's the first year they've had graphic novels in there and there's only 7 listed at that. She flips it open and here's what I see:
Awesome, featured with cover art and everything! That's a heck of a plug. I really hope it reinvigorates book orders from schools and libraries here in Canada. There's been a weird echo of buzz/interest going about the book lately, which is wonderful. I hope it continues.
Otherwise, things are hectic but good. The battle continues.