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Who's Afraid of Comic Books? Building and Maintaining Graphic Novel Collections @ Your Library

Graphic novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developers, Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library) and Amanda Jacobs Foust (Marin County Free Library), brought their popular workshop from the Bay Area to southern California on May 17, 2012, in a program presented by CLA's Youth Services Interest Group. The workshop began with tips on purchasing, organizing, and maintaining graphic novels in the library, and provided attendees with information on the future of digital comics. A high-profile panel of comic book professionals, Ed Brubaker, Hope Larson, Stan Sakai, and Steven Seagle, then discussed the importance and educational value of graphic novels.

Attendees also had the opportunity to take part in a “Comic Book Petting Zoo,” featuring both traditional print formats as well as digital comics for iPads.

Attendees said:

"Great presenters -- knowledgeable, charismatic -- and what a treat to meet some superstars of the comics world!"
"The presenters were awesome. They were knowledgeable and personable and exactly what a presenter should be."
"I appreciate the wealth of resources provided."

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Online resources for graphic novel selection 2

  1. 1. Online Resources for Graphic Novel SelectionNo Flying No Tights – The classic is back! After several years of no updates, NFNT is back online with anenormous staff of reviewers cranking out content. Graphic novel, manga, and anime reviewswritten by librarians, for librarians.Comic Book Resources – CBR is a great source for news and commentary about the world of mainstream comicbook publishing, as well as reviews written by an excellent team. They mostly just review singleissues of comic books. If you are trying to figure out if something from Marvel or DC is worth apurchase but can’t find professional reviews, it is still possible to learn which issues arecollected in the GN and find the reviews of those particular issues on the site. Uses a handy 1-5star rating system to facilitate snap judgments.Diamond Bookshelf – Diamond is pretty much the only distributor for comic books, and Bookshelf is theirregular newsletter for librarians and educators. Contains interviews, reviews, lesson plans, andpre-pub announcements. Subscribe to get their newsletter in your inbox every other week.YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens – YALSA’s annual Great Graphic Novels list is an invaluable source for easy access to thebest of the best in GN publishing for libraries. Some of their recommendations run mature –they regularly have titles that I would put in the Adult collection rather than Teen – so makesure you do your homework before purchasing!Graphic Novel Reporter - Though their reviews are not updated terribly regularly, they are generally of highquality. Most valuable are their features, which include interviews with creators and extensivecore collection lists.New York Times Bestsellers List – The NY Times recently added hard and softcover “graphic books” and manga to theirbestseller lists. It’s valuable to keep an eye on this list to make sure your library is getting themost popular stuff out there.Amazon – When you absolutely can’t find a review of a book, this is the place to come. The userswho post reviews on take their comics seriously and will tell you straight upwhether something deserves a spot in your collection or not. Also useful for finding the mostpopular volumes of a title, and contains many valuable Listmania! lists.