What are Comics?
• “The printed arrangement of art and balloons
in sequence, particularly in comic books."
• “Juxtaposed pictorial and other images in
deliberate sequence, intended to convey
information and/or to produce an aesthetic
response in the viewer."
What are Graphic Novels?
• No strict definition, although the term is often used to
allow people who would not admit to reading comics to
actually read comics.
• A narrative work in which the story is conveyed to the
reader using the comics form. The term is employed in a
broad manner, encompassing non-fiction works and
thematically linked short stories as well as fictional stories
across a number of genres.
A general term for collections of European comics e.g.
Asterix, Tintin and Blueberry.
A (brief) Comics History Timeline
The Bayeux Tapestry
1867 Ally Slopers first appearance in Judy Magazine
1895 The Yellow Kid
1905 Little Nemo in Slumberland, by Winsor McCay
1913 Krazy Kat
1937 The Dandy
1937 Detective Comics
1938 The Beano
Action Comics (Superman)
Batman appears in Detective Comics
The Eagle (Dan Dare)
Tiger (Roy of the Rovers)
Comics Code Authority Formed to cut down on (perceived)
homosexuality and crime aggrandisement in comics
Publication of A Contract with God by Will Eisner
(first official use of the term ‘graphic novel’)
The Dark Knight Returns
Batman: The Killing Joke
The Sandman (Neil Gaiman)
• DC www.dccomics.com
• Marvel (now part of the House of Mouse)
• Image www.imagecomics.com
• Dark Horse www.darkhorse.com
• Fleetway (2000 AD)
• Markosia www.markosia.com
• Dalen http://www.dalenllyfrau.com/
Comics get people reading
• At the end of the day that is what counts.
Comics encourage people who wouldn’t
normally read, to pick up a book.
• Therefore, stocking a selection of Graphic
Novels adds greatly to the number of people
taking out library materials. In fact, Graphic
Novels have some of the highest issues in
How to use Graphic Novels
• Start a GN reading group.
• Introduce reluctant readers to the Classics
(Classical Comics, Classics Illustrated & Self
Made Hero Press).
• Attract more young readers to your library –
get them to suggest stock items.
Graphic Novels that you MUST read!
• Batman: the Dark Knight Returns
the Killing Joke
• The Sandman
• The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
• Understanding Comics
Writers that will be read
Brian K. Vaughan
Dalen primarily publishes Welsh adaptations of works previously developed
and published in other languages. In particular, they specialise in
adaptations of comic strips and graphic novels.
Every good cartoon strip needs three equal constituents:
a good story
All of Dalen’s books exceed these benchmarks in an attractive reading
medium for pupils whose first language is Welsh, who are learning Welsh
as a second language, for students of modern languages, as well as
students of art and design.
Starting & Displaying a Collection
• If in doubt seek advice from local professionals
(dealers, readers or publishers)
• Be aware of age appropriate materials
• Start with superheroes & mainstream titles
before looking at esoteric titles
• Display face on if possible
• Shelve related titles together
• Keep adult & teen collections separate from