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The Academics of
Graphic Novels
Andrew Shuping
October 2013
COMO 2013
We tend to think
But they are
What will we be covering?
●
●
●
●

Why graphic novels in general?
How to build a collection
How do they support the curric...
So...why images?
Images Rock!
Today
But why pictures instead of
text??
We have this
ABRAHAM: Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
SAMPSON: I do bite my thumb, sir.
ABRAHAM: Do you bite your thumb...
...versus this
This...
We called each other names, over and over
again, like “you son of a b*****” and “ni***
lover”
We each tried to do ...
...versus this
But why the library??
There are all kinds of arguments for and
against having graphic novels.
All you need to know is this...
For every book there is a reader
Building the collection...
Partner with...
Start basic...
Have a policy...
Sell, sell, sell!
Supporting the curriculum
Just like any other book they can, will, and
should support the curriculum
Graphic novels have...
Superman is...
But what if...
or this?
Showing travel...
Marketing
Displays
Events...
Partnership
Book Group!
Questions?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/76283035@N00/1507585665/
Thank you!
I can be found at:
ashuping.net
Link for my presentation will be located on
my webpage
Resources
Scott McCloud: Understanding Comics;
Reinventing Comics
No Flying, No Tights
Graphic Novel Reporter
First Second...
Images Used
Slide 2: http://booksforallfoundation.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/graphicnovels_11-297v6n3.jpg
Slide 3: http:/...
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This presentation given at GA COMO in October 2013, walks through some of the why, wherefores, and thereofs of having a graphic novel collection, getting one started, and promoting one. Although the presenter is an academic librarian, the tips and tricks given here are appropriate for all types.

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  1. 1. The Academics of Graphic Novels Andrew Shuping October 2013 COMO 2013
  2. 2. We tend to think
  3. 3. But they are
  4. 4. What will we be covering? ● ● ● ● Why graphic novels in general? How to build a collection How do they support the curriculum? How to market it
  5. 5. So...why images?
  6. 6. Images Rock!
  7. 7. Today
  8. 8. But why pictures instead of text??
  9. 9. We have this ABRAHAM: Do you bite your thumb at us, sir? SAMPSON: I do bite my thumb, sir. ABRAHAM: Do you bite your thumb at us, sir? SAMPSON: [Aside to GREGORY] Is the law of our side, if I sayay? GREGORY: No. SAMPSON: No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I bite my thumb, sir. GREGORY: Do you quarrel, sir? ABRAHAM: Quarrel sir! no, sir.
  10. 10. ...versus this
  11. 11. This... We called each other names, over and over again, like “you son of a b*****” and “ni*** lover” We each tried to do everything we could to test ourselves, to break each other’s spirits . We tried to dehumanize each other, by throwing water and blowing smoke in each other’s faces.
  12. 12. ...versus this
  13. 13. But why the library?? There are all kinds of arguments for and against having graphic novels. All you need to know is this...
  14. 14. For every book there is a reader
  15. 15. Building the collection...
  16. 16. Partner with...
  17. 17. Start basic...
  18. 18. Have a policy...
  19. 19. Sell, sell, sell!
  20. 20. Supporting the curriculum Just like any other book they can, will, and should support the curriculum
  21. 21. Graphic novels have...
  22. 22. Superman is...
  23. 23. But what if...
  24. 24. or this?
  25. 25. Showing travel...
  26. 26. Marketing
  27. 27. Displays
  28. 28. Events...
  29. 29. Partnership
  30. 30. Book Group!
  31. 31. Questions? http://www.flickr.com/photos/76283035@N00/1507585665/
  32. 32. Thank you! I can be found at: ashuping.net Link for my presentation will be located on my webpage
  33. 33. Resources Scott McCloud: Understanding Comics; Reinventing Comics No Flying, No Tights Graphic Novel Reporter First Second Blog Comics Alliance CLDBF
  34. 34. Images Used Slide 2: http://booksforallfoundation.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/graphicnovels_11-297v6n3.jpg Slide 3: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47066874@N00/3210908039/; http://www.flickr. com/photos/29449417@N00/4439045692/; http://www.flickr.com/photos/83346641@N00/4820274356/ Slide 6: Scott McCloud Understanding Comics Slide 8: Images from ARTstor Slide 9: Clipart Slide 10: http://www.blog.mamasturnnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/ice-storm-sign.jpg Slide 11: http://www.flickr.com/photos/96526303@N00/3651344537/ Slide 15: John Lewis, March Book One Slide 17: http://www.flickr.com/photos/99175982@N00/2713829722/; http://www.flickr. com/photos/95407935@N00/366647015/; http://www.comicbookmom.com/2012/09/assemble-avengers-family-fun-night.html Slide 18: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37803129@N00/2436481628/ Slide 19: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wellingtoncollege/9932262626/ Slide 20: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29635150@N00/542826344/ Slide 21: http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/09/cake-inc-establishing-policies/ slide 22: http://superchargemarketing.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Sellsellsell.jpg Slide 23: http://www.flickr.com/photos/10816734@N03/9576553735/ Slide 24:: http://www.flickr.com/photos/34271620@N00/255198625/; http://www.flickr. com/photos/95141439@N00/52549306/; http://www.flickr.com/photos/37996577120@N01/125130703/Slide 29: http://www. jeffbullas.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/5-Cool-Content-Marketing-Infographics-You-Shouldn%E2%80%99t-Miss.jpg Slide 25: http://www.comicvine.com/superman/4005-1807/ Slide 28: Lucy Knisley and Lucy Bellwood works Slide 31: http://www.lib.montana.edu/displays/meta/img/07graphicnovel1.jpg Slide 33: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9682929@N03/4204593949/ Slide 34: http://ryepubliclibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/figure-reading.jpg Slide 35: http://www.flickr.com/photos/76283035@N00/1507585665/

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