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Graphic Novel collection development for libraries, adult collections. Includes publishing and library statistics for graphic novels 2008.

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Graphic Novel Collection Dev. 2009

  1. 1. Creating and Maintaining your adult Graphic Novel collection<br />Laverne MannMercer Cty. Library System‘Redhead Fangirl’<br />
  2. 2. A format not a genre!<br /> The graphic novel is a form suited to the contemporary age. I contend that the graphic novel will continue to displace (if never completely replace) purely textual writing and that it will eventually become the most popular form of reading.<br />-Stephen E. Tabachnick, professor, University of Memphis<br /> A comic-book world, World Literature Today, March – April 2007<br />
  3. 3. UNSHELVED..still work to do promoting comics <br />
  4. 4. Reality of graphic novels; breaking some myths<br />The average age for a graphic novel reader is 30<br />In other countries, graphic literature is widely accepted for all ages<br />Many graphic novels require the reader’s ability to take both written and drawn cues in order to fully comprehend the writer’s/artist’s meaning, thus requiring a higher reading level<br />Pawuk, Mike. Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga and<br />More. Greenwood Publishing, Conn. 2007<br />
  5. 5. Criteria for selection<br />Language<br />Imagery – Violence, Sex<br />Content– politics, drug use.<br />Theme – “real world”<br />Synthesis of drawn and written cues<br />
  6. 6. The publishing dirt..<br />Graphic Novel Sales up in 2008<br />Despite  U.S. Economy<br />ICv2 says sales grew 5% to $395 million<br />Sales faster in bookstores than comic shops<br />“Kids and Tweens” GNs 134% increase in number of titles (underserved)<br /><ul><li>ICv2.com insider’s guide</li></li></ul><li>Watchmen sales broke all sales records with 900,000 copies in 2008<br />
  7. 7. Selling to libraries..<br />GN sales grew in 2008, up to $35 million<br />“hard fit for the library process, rely heavily on reviews and comic book publishers aren’t famous for soliciting reviews”- PW 7/13/09<br />Growth in library sales continue in 2009<br />26.5% librarians said acquisitions would be up more than 10% in ’09-And 24% at least up to 10%<br /> In April 2009…Baker and Taylor sold 12, 791 paperbacks and 1274 hardback GNs to library market.<br />
  8. 8. Manga sales drop in 2008<br />Declined from $210 million to $175 million<br />Economic downturn affected purchasing power of manga’s younger audience more than older comic/GN crowd<br />Less manga related Anime series on Cartoon Network<br />Doing well: Vampire Knight (Viz Media)Chibi Vampire (Tokyopop)<br />
  9. 9. Comic books and reading<br />Assist Poor Readers<br />Connect with visual learners<br />Strong language arts skills<br />Unmotivated and ‘dormant’ readers<br />Educational messages<br />Explore other literature<br />Engage Adult Readers<br />Ublib.buffalo.edu/lml/comics/pages/readling.html<br />
  10. 10. Selection Guidelines<br />Popularity<br />Fan magazines, web sites<br />Tie-ins to TV shows, movies, games, toys<br />Age level, target audience<br />GenreSuperhero, fantasy most prevalentscifi, humor, graphic nonfiction<br />Writing quality and artistic quality<br />Artistic style- manga, cartoon art<br />Writers and artists with strong fan following (Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Brian Michael Bendis)<br />Ublib.buffalo.edu/lml/comics/pages/selection.html<br />
  11. 11. Award winning graphic novels<br />EisnerFinest stories, publications and creators in the medium. Will Eisner, creator of GN format.<br />HarveyVoted on only by industry professionals. Named after Harvey Kurtzman, co founder of MAD magazine.<br />Kirby<br />President Obama is a Spider-Man and Conan comics fan!<br />
  12. 12. Review and Graphic Novel sources:<br />*New York Times– Graphic Books Bestseller Listhttp://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/Library JournalSchool Library JournalBooklist GN issueVOYABaker and Taylor: Imagery (btol.com)Comic Store News (CSN)Teenreads.com (manga)icv2.combookshelf.diamondcomics.com - GET by EMAILcomics2film.comcomicworthreading.comgraphicnovels.brodart.comkidslovecomics.comdccomics.commarvel.comdarkhorse.com<br />
  13. 13. Graphic Novels to Film<br />Road to Perdition (Max Collins)<br />A History of Violence (Vince Locke)<br />Watchmen, V for Vendetta (Alan Moore)<br />Sin City, 300 (Frank Miller)<br />Ghost World<br />Wanted<br />Superheroes: X-men, Spider-Man, Superman, Daredevil, Iron Man.<br />Coming…Thor, The Avengers, Y the Last Man…<br />
  14. 14. Hot from 2008-2009<br />Bottomless belly button<br />Heavy Liquid<br />Joker<br />Too cool to be forgotten<br />Life Sucks (Yalsa)<br />Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born, The Long Road Home<br />Incognegro<br />Echo: Moon Lake<br />Skim<br />Umbrella Academy<br />Runaways: Dead End Kids<br />AsteriosPolyp<br />Marvel Pride & Prejudice<br />
  15. 15. Stitches by David SmallGRAPHIC MEMOIR<br />His black and white watercolors portray a family in 1950&apos;s Detroit.<br />Radiologist father uses X-rays to cure sinus problems on David-- brother escapes to his drum set-- and his unhappy and judgmental mother rules the roost.<br />Art as redemption novel<br />David always draws his own world and eventually grows into praise for his work. <br />Release date is September 2009- will beTopGN of 2009 list. <br />
  16. 16. What it is- Lynda BarryWriter and cartoonist shows readers how she makes art and encourages us to make our own. <br />
  17. 17. Cairo- G. Willow WilsonA gripping narrative, mixing magic, politics and romancethe knowledgeable view of the Islamic world and interesting visual effects.<br />
  18. 18. Tonoharu- Lars Martinson Daniel Wells begins a new life as an assistant junior high school teacher in the rural Japanese village of Tonoharu. <br />
  19. 19. Tonoharu- Interior<br />
  20. 20. Tales from the Starlight Drive-inMichael San Giocomo32 stories taking place over 50 years at a Drive-In Theater –-Mirroring life and the cinema with tales of crime, romance, science fiction, musicals. <br />
  21. 21. The Swordby The Luna Brothers<br />Dara Brighton is a college student whose life is changed forever when three strangers show up on her family&apos;s doorstep and demand a mystical sword. This event propels her into a dangerous quest. This is Volume 1 of an ongoing comic book series by The Luna Brothers (Joshua and Jonathan Luna, authors of Ultra and Girls). <br />
  22. 22. The Swordby The Luna Brothers<br />Dara Brighton is a college student whose life is changed forever when three strangers show up on her family&apos;s doorstep and demand a mystical sword. This event propels her into a dangerous quest. This is Volume 1 of an ongoing comic book series by The Luna Brothers (Joshua and Jonathan Luna, authors of Ultra and Girls). <br />Dara Brighton is a college student whose life is changed forever when three strangers show up on her family&apos;s doorstep and demand a mystical sword. This event propels her into a dangerous quest. This is Volume 1 of an ongoing comic book series by The Luna Brothers (Joshua and Jonathan Luna, authors of Ultra and Girls). <br />
  23. 23. The Alcoholicby Jonathan Ames& Dean Haspeil<br />Part quasi-autobiography and part stunning noir-realism, The Alcoholic is the story of Jonathan A. and the origin of his addiction to alcohol, the consequences of alcohol and substance abuse on his life and his eventual self-realization.  Written by Jonathan Ames with art by Dean Haspiel. Published by DC Comics&apos; Vertigo label.<br />Part quasi-autobiography and part stunning noir-realism, The Alcoholic is the story of Jonathan A. and the origin of his addiction to alcohol, the consequences of alcohol and substance abuse on his life and his eventual self-realization.  Written by Jonathan Ames with art by Dean Haspiel. Published by DC Comics&apos; Vertigo label.<br />Part quasi-autobiography and part stunning noir-realism, The Alcoholic is the story of Jonathan A. and the origin of his addiction to alcohol, the consequences of alcohol and substance abuse on his life and his eventual self-realization.  Written by Jonathan Ames with art by Dean Haspiel. Published by DC Comics&apos; Vertigo label.<br />
  24. 24. The Alcoholicby Jonathan Ames& Dean Haspeil<br />Part quasi-autobiography and part stunning noir-realism, The Alcoholic is the story of Jonathan A. and the origin of his addiction to alcohol, the consequences of alcohol and substance abuse on his life and his eventual self-realization.  Written by Jonathan Ames with art by Dean Haspiel. Published by DC Comics&apos; Vertigo label.<br />
  25. 25. Locke & Keyby Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriquez<br />Joe Hill is the author of the novel Heart Shaped Box and the short story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the son of Stephen and Tabitha King. Locke & Key is an ongoing comic book series from IDW Publishing and focuses on the bizarre experiences of a family in a New England mansion called Keyhouse. Stunningly original artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez.<br />Joe Hill is the author of the novel Heart Shaped Box and the short story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the son of Stephen and Tabitha King. Locke & Key is an ongoing comic book series from IDW Publishing and focuses on the bizarre experiences of a family in a New England mansion called Keyhouse. Stunningly original artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez.<br />
  26. 26. Locke & Keyby Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriquez<br />Joe Hill is the author of the novel Heart Shaped Box and the short story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the son of Stephen and Tabitha King. Locke & Key is an ongoing comic book series from IDW Publishing and focuses on the bizarre experiences of a family in a New England mansion called Keyhouse. Stunningly original artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez.<br />
  27. 27. Localby Brian Wood & Ryan Kelly<br />Local brings together 12 issues of a comic book series reprinted as a hardcover graphic novel. Each of the twelve chapters are individual moments of Megan McKeenan&apos;s existence as she wanders from locality to locality in the United States, searching for her life. Brian Wood is the author of the critically acclaimed comic book series DMZ.<br />
  28. 28. Hellboy-Mike MignolaRaised by American GIs after he was pulled from the underworld in a thwarted Nazi occult experiment, Hellboy chooses to be a force for good, battling demons with brute strength and bullets.<br />
  29. 29. Jamilti-Rutu Modan Set in Israel during throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, these evocative and haunting short stories range from revelations of disturbing family secrets to beauty amid political violence.<br />
  30. 30. Nat Turner-Kyle BakerBaker illustrates the violence and brutality of the largest organized rebellion of enslaved people in the first half of the 19th century. <br />Graphic Nonfiction<br />
  31. 31. J. Edgar Hoover: a graphic biography-Rick GearyGeary&apos;s detailed and engaging account of J. Edgar Hoover&apos;s rise within the FBI is an informative history of the agency itself.<br />
  32. 32. The Twelve by Michael Straczynski<br />In 1940, a team of twelve crime fighters get frozen during a raid on Germany.<br />They are found 60 years later and must adjust to a new world<br />
  33. 33. The Twelve Interior<br />
  34. 34. The Twilight Zone Graphic Adaptations<br />Graphic adaptations of some of the more popular stories from the Twilight Zone<br />
  35. 35. Twilight Zone interior<br />
  36. 36. Thank You!<br />Redhead Fangirl blog<br />redlibcomic.blogspot.com<br />Twitter: RedheadFangirlNing.com/redheadfangirl<br />Laverne Mann (liblave@gmail.com)<br />Thanks to David Lisa, Karla Iverson and Tyler Rousseau for use of their NJLA slides.<br />

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