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The Best Graphic Novels of 2011 presentation at the 2012 New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference.

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  • Welcome to year 4!
  • 2011 was another banner year for comic book film properties. A lot of ramping up took place toward the third of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, the Amazing Spider-Man relaunch and The Avengers, which turned out to be an incredible success story in 2012. Capitalize on this in your libraries!
  • 2011 could also be called The Year of the Zombie, because the flesh-eating dead were everywhere.
  • New York Comic Con 2011. DC launched their New 52 line.
  • Comic book stores regained some momentum in 2011.
  • The Walking Dead leaped to new heights of popularity. The comic book series continues to be one of the most popular with readers, both in its physical and digital forms. The trade paperback collections have reached the 15th volume. The AMC TV series is garnering huge ratings.
  • Things will come to a head this summer as the comic book series reaches issue #100 and fever-pitch popularity.
  • Meanwhile, in libraries, graphic novel collections continued to maintain their popularity. They also became more and more specialized. In my travels around the state, it was gratifying to see that more and more of you were establishing separate children, teen and adult graphic novel collections.
  • Marketing for The Avengers was everywhere late last year.
  • Digital comics gained more momentum in 2011. More titles made the jump to digital. Both Marvel and DC, among other publishers, began to simultaneously publish their new Wednesday comics output digitally as well. This gave customers a choice of format to buy.
  • Slowly classic comic book properties like Watchmen made the jump to digital, readable on PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone.
  • Comixology began carrying more digital collections, equivalent to a trade paperback or hardcover collection.
  • There were separate apps on the iPad devoted to some of fans’ favorite comic book series, characters, and companies. Here, Image’s The Walking Dead.
  • And now, here are some of the best graphic novels of 2011.
  • If there is any question about Daniel Clowes’ impact on American popular culture, here is a Clowes cover to the New Yorker.
  • The TV series has a lot of story content to draw from the comics. It could go on for quite a long time. Get every volume of the collections and settle in for the long haul.
  • Cross market the dvd with the comics for maximum impact.
  • Season 2 DVD coming in August
  • Michonne is wildly popular since she was revealed at the end of the second season. This panel is from the Michonnebackstory which was presented in an exclusive chapter in Playboy magazine.

The Best Graphic Novels of 2011 The Best Graphic Novels of 2011 Presentation Transcript

  • The Best Graphic Novels of 2011 NJLA Annual Conference Wed, June 5, 2012 Presented by:Tyler Rousseau- Monroe Township Public Library Karla Ivarson- Ocean County Library System David Lisa- Camden County Library System
  • Some of the Best.
  • Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking by Philippe Coudray Ever wonder what Kramer would have been like if he were a bear and his friends were a penguin, fish and rabbit? Philipe Coudray apparently did and this is what he came up with…
  • Level Up by Gene Yang Dennis loves video games and his parents love the idea of him going to medical school… But does Dennis have to give up his own dreams in order to appease his parents?
  • Onwards Towards our NobleDeaths by Shigeru Mizuki A semi- autobiographical account of foolish pride and senseless deaths of Japan‟s army during the final weeks of World War II
  • Any Empire by Nate Powell Three „friends‟ must reconsider their romanticized views of violence when a rash of turtle mutilations happen in their privileged suburban town.
  • Habibi by Craig Thompson Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them.
  • Wandering Son by ShimuraTakako Young Nitori and Takatsuki become friends even before discovering that each secretly wishes to have been born the other gender.
  • Sons of Liberty by AlexanderLagos Unwilling test subjects in Ben Franklins evil son‟s scientific experiments, Freeme n Graham and Brody rarely find occasion to use their powers...until unrest over Britains new taxes on the colonies stirs.
  • Zahra‟s Paradise by Amir &Khalil A son never returns home from protesting the 2009 election in Iran and no one will tell his family where he is being held or if he is even alive.
  • Infinite Kung Fu by KaganMcleod Kung Fu Immortals Zombies
  • Thor has come toEarth and isbefriended bymuseum curatorJane Foster. If ever agraphic novel couldbe consideredcharming, this is it.Volume 2 of 2. Thisbeloved comic bookwas canceled by
  • Jack Kirby‟s FourthWorld, the way itwas meant to beexperienced: inchronological order.New Gods. ForeverPeople. MisterMiracle. JimmyOlson. Kirby was atthe height of hispopularity andprowess.
  • DanielClowes, creator ofEightball and GhostWorld, releasedtwo popular graphicnovels during 2011.The Death-Ray isvery much aClowes book, filledwith pathos andpop art prowess.
  • Clowes‟ other graphic novel this yearwas Mister Wonderful: A Love Story. Ablind date leads to something more, inthe inimitable Clowes fashion. Winner ofthe Eisner Award.
  • An Amazon Best Book of 2011 and a New York Times #1 bestseller. In this story, Dick Grayson, previou sly Robin, is now the Dark Knight. Can he handle the responsibility of being The Batman?
  • Jeff Jensen, senior writer for Entertainment Weekly, penned this mystery which Stephen King himself praised as “compelling, stay -up-late reading. Great, creepy
  • Robert Kirkman‟s zombie story continues. The crew struggles to survive and must contend with their own demons as well as the monsters that surround them. Vol. 14 & 15 came out in 2011.
  • The AMC TV series is a bona fide hit and part of the fun that fans will have is finding the differences between the TV series and the comic book series which spawned it.
  • Questions?Comments?
  • Credits Entertainment Weekly © Entertainment WeeklyThe Walking Dead © Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore. Published by Image Comics Green River Killer © Dark Horse Comics Batman: The Black Mirror © DC Comics Mister Wonderful: A Love Story © Pantheon Books The Death-Ray © Drawn & Quarterly (Open book shots by Stuart Geddes of The Melbourne City Guide) Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus © DC Comics Thor: The Mighty Avenger © Marvel Comics Infinite Kung Fu © Top Shelf Zahara’s Paradise © First Second The Sons of Liberty © Random House Wandering Son © Fantagraphics Books Habibi © Pantheon Books Any Empire © Top Shelf Onwards Toward Our Noble Deaths © Drawn & Quarterly Level Up © First Second Benjamin Bearin Fuzzy Thinking © Toon Books All book, DVD and magazine covers are copyright of the respective owners and are used for demonstration and promotional purposes only.
  • Thanks!• Karla Ivarson (• David Lisa (• Tyler Rousseau (