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Graphic Novels for Librarians


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Slides from the presentation by Kristin Fletcher-Spear and Merideth Jenson-Benjamin from the 2011 AzLA precon session.

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Graphic Novels for Librarians

  1. 1. GRAPHIC NOVELS FORLIBRARIANS*(and other interested librarytypes) AzLA 2011 Preconference
  2. 2. 3 Sections•What are graphic novels?•Issues and FAQ•Graphic Novels in the Library
  3. 3. … a format, not a genre.…a book length narrative, of any genre, forany audience , which uses sequential arteither by itself for in combination with textelements, to tell a story.What is a graphic novel?
  4. 4. …images placed in a specific order to convey meaning,such as the passage of time, a specific action, amoment or an event.
  5. 5. From Return of the Dapper Men by JimMcCann and Janet Lee Passage of Time
  6. 6. H2 by Mitsuru Adachi Action
  7. 7. Moment
  8. 8. Bone #16 by Jeff Smith. Event
  9. 9. Parts of a comics page Panels Gutters Word Balloon s
  10. 10. Types of American Comics A comic put out by a major Mainstream Comics American publishing house. They typically feature superheroes, action or are tied into media properties. Marvel and DC dominate the Mainstream comics field. Other publishers include Boom! Studios, IDW, Archie Comics, Bongo and Devil’s Due.
  11. 11. Types of American Comics A comic published by a smaller American publishing house. Independent comics are usually Indie owned by the creator, and cover a more diverse range of topics. Oni, Image, Archaia, Dark Horse, and SLG are well known independent publishers.
  12. 12. Types of American Comics Literary comic : A subgenre of independent comics, these comics have few genre elements, and often quieter, more humanLiterary and stories. Memoirs and travelogues are a Alternative popular literary comics genres. Alternative comic : A subgenre of independent comics, these comics are more concerned with social issues and pushing boundaries. Alternative comics are a direct descendent of the underground comics of the 1960’s. Fantagraphics, Drawn and Quarterly and Top Shelf are well known for their literary and alternative comics.
  13. 13. Intro to Manga  What is it?  Differences between American Comics and Manga  Major Publishers
  14. 14. Types of Manga Shonen and Shojo Manga aimed at young teen boys that tend to focus on action. Manga created for teenage girls, that tend to focus on relationships.
  15. 15. Types of Manga Boys Love A sub-genre of manga and anime that focuses on relationships of two males.
  16. 16. Josei, Seinen & Gekiga Josei Sienen Gekiga
  17. 17. Issues with Graphic Novels
  18. 18. Age Ratings
  19. 19. “All Ages”
  20. 20. Digital Comics
  21. 21. “Day and Date”
  22. 22. Comics Piracy
  23. 23. The Graphic Novels FAQ
  24. 24. Answer: They don’t.Q: Why do  The quality ofthey fall apart bindings vary widely from publisher toso quickly? publisher.  Graphic novels tend to circulate more in Where Should I a shorter period. Buy Graphic  Processing makes a Novels? big difference.
  25. 25. Q: Where Answer:Should I Buy Anywhere you can.Graphic  Most library vendors stock graphic novels.Novels?  Diamond Distributing has a special program for libraries.  Brick and mortar stores have a good idea of what’s Where Should I popular in a specific area. Buy Graphic  Worse comes to Novels? worse, there’s always online retailers.
  26. 26. Answer: Do WhatQ: How should works for yourthey be system.  Shelving by series iscataloged? probably easiest for the patron.  However, most catalogers would prefer they be cataloged by author.  Japanese names make Where Should I catalogers tear their hair Buy Graphic out. Novels?  If you have a small collection, books might get lost in 741’s
  27. 27. Q: Why are A: Naming Japanese customs and names so hard translations to catalog?Where Should IBuy GraphicNovels?
  28. 28. Q: What’s with all the weird A: Translations manga titles?Where Should IBuy GraphicNovels?
  29. 29. Q: Why do A: Not all mangamanga series series are longrun so long? Where Should I Buy Graphic Novels?
  30. 30. Answer: Lots ofQ: Where can I Places!find  Most mainstreamprofessional library journals review graphic  Many library journals have blogs or columns devoted to Where Should I GN’s Buy Graphic  Many professional Novels? reviewers review for web-only publications.
  31. 31. Answer: It’sQ: Why don’t Complicated…the coversmatch theinsides? Where Should I Buy Graphic Novels?
  32. 32. Q: Why isn’t A: Because of themanga in nature of manga incolor? Japan. Where Should I Buy Graphic Novels?
  33. 33. Answer: BecauseQ: Why do you it’s Japanese!read mangabackwards? Where Should I Buy Graphic Novels?
  34. 34. Answer: Manga – mahn-gaQ: How do you Anime – Ahn-ee-pronounce… may Yaoi - yah-oh-e Where Should I Buy Graphic Novels?
  35. 35. Q: What is a Answer: Auniverse? Universe is a shared continuity. Where Should I Buy Graphic Novels?
  36. 36. Q: Why do you Answer: Becausecall them we don’t have a better word.graphic novelswhen they’renot fiction? Where Should I Buy Graphic Novels?
  37. 37. A: A webcomic is aQ: What is a comic designed towebcomic? be published on the web. Where Should I Buy Graphic Novels?
  38. 38. Q: What the A: Digital comics are digitized difference versions of print between a comics. webcomic and Webcomics are a digital designed for the web. comic?Where Should IBuy GraphicNovels?
  39. 39. Graphic Novels In Libraries
  40. 40. Challenges
  41. 41. Challenges
  43. 43. Reader’s Advisory
  44. 44. Reader’s Advisory
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  46. 46. Displays
  47. 47. Programming
  48. 48. Programming
  49. 49. Programming
  50. 50. “A library without comics isn’t a real library” – Sofi, Age8.