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Adults Want to Have Fun (Too!)--Graphic Novels


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Part I of the Adults Want to Have Fun (Too!) presentation for the OLC Reference Conference in Columbus, Ohio on July 10, 2008

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Adults Want to Have Fun (Too!)--Graphic Novels

  1. 1. Adults Just Want to Have Fun (Too!) Graphic Novels for a Mature Audience Don Boozer [email_address] Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz>
  2. 2. What are COMICS ? <ul><li>Comics are a MEDIUM ... NOT a genre </li></ul><ul><li>The average age of comics buyers is 23 ( TIME , 6/30/08) </li></ul><ul><li>Think comics are something new?... </li></ul>
  3. 3. A Very Brief History of VISUAL STORYTELLING Visual storytelling started over 30,000 years ago. Skeptical?
  4. 4. A Very Brief History of VISUAL STORYTELLING Moving onto 1275 BC, it was eventually picked up by the Egyptians…
  5. 5. A Very Brief History of VISUAL STORYTELLING Next, we come to Trajan’s Column in AD 113…
  6. 6. A Very Brief History of VISUAL STORYTELLING Finally, we come to 1066 AD and the most famous piece of medieval VISUAL NONFICTION…
  7. 7. What is a GRAPHIC NOVEL ? <ul><li>Single issue comics </li></ul><ul><li>Trade paperbacks </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic novels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ sequential art” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ comic-strip novel” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ picture novella” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ graphic literature” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>plain old “comics” </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. How to Tell the Difference Between Graphic Novels for Children, Teens, and Adults <ul><li>Rating Systems : </li></ul><ul><li>Varying levels of sex , blood , gore , & adult themes... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Ten Gallon Rule” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’s criteria: “Would I be comfortable recommending this to my 16-year old daughter?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Adult” graphic novels vs. graphic novels “for adults” </li></ul>
  9. 9. Practical Concerns <ul><li>Purchasing </li></ul><ul><li>Cataloging </li></ul><ul><li>Shelving </li></ul>
  10. 10. Award-winning Graphic Novels Pulitzer Prize, 1992 TIME Magazine #1 Book of the Year Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2007 <ul><li>Hugo Award, 1988 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>plus only graphic novel on TIME Magazine’s All-time 100 Best Novels , 2005 </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Films, Games, TV...
  12. 12. <ul><li>The BIG Guys! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Who Belongs to Whom?
  14. 14. Looks Can Be Deceiving… The Big Guys…Looking Independent
  15. 15. <ul><li>Independents & Self-Publishers </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Independents & Self-Publishers </li></ul>Dark Horse Comics Drawn & Quarterly Fantagraphics Books IDW Publishing Image Comics Top Cow Productions, Inc. Top Shelf Productions
  17. 17. <ul><li>Manga! Manga! </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>International/European </li></ul>
  19. 19. Dealing With Challenges
  20. 20. … and this is just the beginning! <ul><li>For additional suggestions and resources, check out the handouts and our SlideShare site at …. </li></ul>THANK YOU...