Graphic Novel Chapter Conference

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  • 1. Adults Just Want to Have Fun (Too!) Graphic Novels & Gaming for a Mature Audience Don Boozer [email_address] Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz [email_address]
  • 2. What are COMICS ?
    • Comics are a MEDIUM ... NOT a genre
    • The average age of comics buyers is 23 ( TIME , 6/30/08)
    • “ Adult” graphic novels vs. graphic novels “for adults”
    • 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. Practical Concerns
    • Purchasing
    • Cataloging
    • Shelving
  • 9. 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
  • 10. Films, Games, TV...
  • 11.
    • The BIG Guys!
  • 12. Who Belongs to Whom?
  • 13. Looks Can Be Deceiving… The Big Guys…Looking Independent
  • 14.
    • Independents & Self-Publishers
  • 15.
    • Independents & Self-Publishers
    Dark Horse Comics Drawn & Quarterly Fantagraphics Books IDW Publishing Image Comics Top Cow Productions, Inc. Top Shelf Productions
  • 16.
    • Manga! Manga!
  • 17.
    • International/European
  • 18. Dealing With Challenges
  • 19. A little history… Do you know this intrepid plumber? What about this go-getter hedgehog? This guy has a score to settle with some aliens..
  • 20. A few dates….
    • 1972—Pong
    • 1977—Atari 2600
    • 1986—Sega and NES
    • 1989—Sim City, Game Boy
    • 1991—Civilization
    • 1992—Mortal Kombat
    • 1993—Doom and Myst
    • 2000—PlayStation 2
    • 2001—Xbox
    • 2002—G4 TV Network
    • 2004—Nintendo DS
    • 2005—Xbox 360
    • 2006—PlayStation3 and Wii
  • 21. Console Gaming
    • Console gaming refers to
    • gaming done on a home system—
    • Pong, Atari, PlayStation, Xbox, Wii
    Remember? There are also several handheld consoles—PlayStation Portable (PSP), Nintendo DS Lite
  • 22. Some facts about console gaming to blow your mind
    • Halo 3, the most recent installment of the Halo series, recorded $300 million in sales in the first week.
    • Grand Theft Auto IV, the fourth version of the controversial game, recorded over $300 million sales on the first day.
  • 23. PC Gaming
    • PC games have traditionally included more strategy games (Civilization) and fewer sports games.
    • Includes casual gaming like Yahoo! games and online Scrabble and Tetris
    • Games rated for adults only are made for the PC and not for consoles
    Civilization (1991)
  • 24. Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB)
  • 25. Games on the big screen
  • 26. Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games
  • 27. What people learn from gaming?
    • Flexibility in problem solving
    • Social networking
    • How to succeed and fail in a “safe” environment
  • 28. How can libraries interact with gamers?
    • Set up a console and a projector and host a game night.
    • Subscribe to the print publications that gamers read.
    • Consider discussing games and the stories in them as you would a film.
    • Consider hosting a LAN party after hours.
  • 29. What libraries are doing
    • Console gaming— Wii Libraries
    • PC gaming— Waterloo Public Library
    • Role Play gaming— Barberton Public Library
    • Board Games—Chess Tournaments
    • Game Design— PLCMC
    • Check out libsuccess.org
  • 30. How Cleveland Public Library is gaming
    • CPL Gaming Initiative—Cleveland Public Library has game consoles in several branches and is purchasing more for patron use.
    • Scratch ( Scratch.mit.edu )
      • Zombie Librarians of Doom !!!
  • 31. If you haven’t played video games since Pong…
    • Try the Wii!
    • Pick up Guitar Hero
    • Sign up for a free account in Second Life and cruise around
    • Whatever you do, have fun and enjoy it.
  • 32. … and this is just the beginning!
    • For additional suggestions and resources, check out the handouts and our PowerPoint at www.slideshare.net/cpl.presentations
    THANK YOU...