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  • 1. Graphic Novels in the Library Media Center A Presentation by Esther Keller Oct. 2006 Queens College
  • 2. Graphic Novel Basics
    • Graphic Novels are a longer version of the comic book that tells a full story. I.E. Maus, Persopolis, American Born Chinese
    • Manga – The Japanese word for comic book. In the U.S. we use it for Japanese style graphic novels or comics. Manga is often based on anime. Naruto.
    • Trade – An edition that collects and reprints series. Such as Ultimate Spider Man, X-Men, Batman, Etc.
    • Digest – A collected edition that is reprinted at smaller scale. For instance the Runaways and other Marvel Age titles.
  • 3. Age Appropriate GNs
    • More and more GNs are being published for all age groups.
    • Make sure that what you order for your library is suitable.
    • If your library is part of a K-8 school or 6-12 School consider dividing your GN section into age appropriate collections as you might your fiction and nonfiction.
    • Keep in mind, that at times publishers rate a series, before they know how it will turn out. So the first few volumes in a series might start out appropriate for your collection and later might turn too mature.
  • 4. What if the book has been challenged?
    • Considering GNs for your collection should not differ from standard collection development policies.
    • Read more about NYCSLS’s collection development policy here: http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/BD4FDF5F-F45F-43AE-90BB-410BDBC641AF/13899/HandbookInfoAccessandDelivery81508.pdf
    • Above, you can read the challenged material policy.
    • If someone should challenge a GN on your shelf, deal with it as you would any other book in your collection.
  • 5. A Little More About Manga
    • Most manga reads from right to left. Publishers, like Tokyopop are starting to publish “Western Mangas” which read from left to right. I.E. Sorcerers and Secretaries by Ganter.
    • Manhua – Comics produced in China
    • Manhwa – Korean comics. These are read from left to right.
  • 6. The risqué side of Manga. Is it for the school library?
    • Yaoi – pronounced Ya-OYE.
    • In America this is often known as ‘boys love.’ Stories with boy/boy romances. Often explicit. These books are published for women and intended for them.
    • Not all the titles are sexually explicit .
    • Other terms like Shonen-ai are no longer used in Japan. Even so, this genre is quite popular with young women.
    • Some titles: Same Cell Organism , Only the Ring Finger Knows.
    • All titles are rated for 16+
  • 7. Using Comics in the Classroom
    • It will motivate students to read and participate.
    • All the elements of storytelling exist, i.e. plot, theme, climax, denouement, etc.
    • Many, if not all, the ELA Standards can be met if designing a unit around reading and writing comics. (The Standards: http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/ela/elastandards/elamap.html )
    • But just as teachers have been resistant to using YA lit in the classroom – many will be resistant to using comics or GNs in their classroom. So….
  • 8. How do you propose we encourage teachers to do a small unit with GNs?
  • 9. Some of my favorites! Trailers By Mark Kneese Runaways V. 1 Vaughan, Brian By: Chmakova, Svetlana Death Jr. by Gary Whitta