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  • 1. Online Resources for Graphic Novel SelectionNo Flying No Tights – http://www.noflyingnotights.com The classic is back! After several years of no updates, NFNT is back online with anenormous staff of reviewers cranking out content. Graphic novel, manga, and anime reviewswritten by librarians, for librarians.Comic Book Resources – http://www.comicbookresources.com CBR is a great source for news and commentary about the world of mainstream comicbook publishing, as well as reviews written by an excellent team. They mostly just review singleissues of comic books. If you are trying to figure out if something from Marvel or DC is worth apurchase but can’t find professional reviews, it is still possible to learn which issues arecollected in the GN and find the reviews of those particular issues on the site. Uses a handy 1-5star rating system to facilitate snap judgments.Diamond Bookshelf – http://www.diamondbookshelf.com/ Diamond is pretty much the only distributor for comic books, and Bookshelf is theirregular newsletter for librarians and educators. Contains interviews, reviews, lesson plans, andpre-pub announcements. Subscribe to get their newsletter in your inbox every other week.YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens –http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/greatgraphicnovelsforteens/gn.cfm YALSA’s annual Great Graphic Novels list is an invaluable source for easy access to thebest of the best in GN publishing for libraries. Some of their recommendations run mature –they regularly have titles that I would put in the Adult collection rather than Teen – so makesure you do your homework before purchasing!Graphic Novel Reporter - http://www.graphicnovelreporter.com/ Though their reviews are not updated terribly regularly, they are generally of highquality. Most valuable are their features, which include interviews with creators and extensivecore collection lists.New York Times Bestsellers List – http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/ The NY Times recently added hard and softcover “graphic books” and manga to theirbestseller lists. It’s valuable to keep an eye on this list to make sure your library is getting themost popular stuff out there.Amazon – http://amazon.com When you absolutely can’t find a review of a book, this is the place to come. The userswho post reviews on Amazon.com take their comics seriously and will tell you straight upwhether something deserves a spot in your collection or not. Also useful for finding the mostpopular volumes of a title, and contains many valuable Listmania! lists.

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