Adults Want to Have Fun (Too!)--Graphic Novels

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Part I of the Adults Want to Have Fun (Too!) presentation for the OLC Reference Conference in Columbus, Ohio on July 10, 2008

Part I of the Adults Want to Have Fun (Too!) presentation for the OLC Reference Conference in Columbus, Ohio on July 10, 2008

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  • 1. Adults Just Want to Have Fun (Too!) Graphic Novels for a Mature Audience Don Boozer [email_address] Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz anastasia.diamond-ortiz@cpl.org>
  • 2. What are COMICS ?
    • Comics are a MEDIUM ... NOT a genre
    • The average age of comics buyers is 23 ( TIME , 6/30/08)
    • Think comics are something new?...
  • 3. A Very Brief History of VISUAL STORYTELLING Visual storytelling started over 30,000 years ago. Skeptical?
  • 4. A Very Brief History of VISUAL STORYTELLING Moving onto 1275 BC, it was eventually picked up by the Egyptians…
  • 5. A Very Brief History of VISUAL STORYTELLING Next, we come to Trajan’s Column in AD 113…
  • 6. A Very Brief History of VISUAL STORYTELLING Finally, we come to 1066 AD and the most famous piece of medieval VISUAL NONFICTION…
  • 7. What is a GRAPHIC NOVEL ?
    • Single issue comics
    • Trade paperbacks
    • Graphic novels
      • “ sequential art”
      • “ comic-strip novel”
      • “ picture novella”
      • “ graphic literature”
      • plain old “comics”
  • 8. How to Tell the Difference Between Graphic Novels for Children, Teens, and Adults
    • Rating Systems :
    • Varying levels of sex , blood , gore , & adult themes...
      • “ The Ten Gallon Rule”
    • Don’s criteria: “Would I be comfortable recommending this to my 16-year old daughter?”
    • “ Adult” graphic novels vs. graphic novels “for adults”
  • 9. Practical Concerns
    • Purchasing
    • Cataloging
    • Shelving
  • 10. Award-winning Graphic Novels Pulitzer Prize, 1992 TIME Magazine #1 Book of the Year Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2007
    • Hugo Award, 1988
      • plus only graphic novel on TIME Magazine’s All-time 100 Best Novels , 2005
  • 11. Films, Games, TV...
  • 12.
    • The BIG Guys!
  • 13. Who Belongs to Whom?
  • 14. Looks Can Be Deceiving… The Big Guys…Looking Independent
  • 15.
    • Independents & Self-Publishers
  • 16.
    • Independents & Self-Publishers
    Dark Horse Comics Drawn & Quarterly Fantagraphics Books IDW Publishing Image Comics Top Cow Productions, Inc. Top Shelf Productions
  • 17.
    • Manga! Manga!
  • 18.
    • International/European
  • 19. Dealing With Challenges
  • 20. … and this is just the beginning!
    • For additional suggestions and resources, check out the handouts and our SlideShare site at ….
    THANK YOU...