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More Than Comics

  1. 1. MORE THAN COMICS Building and Promoting Your Graphic Novel Collection Emily Ellis, Young Adult Librarian Susan Jerger, Adult Services Librarian
  2. 2. MORE THAN COMICS What we will be covering : <ul><ul><li>What is…a graphic novel, manga, anime? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why should you invest in a graphic novel collection? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collection Development Tips & Tricks. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Periodicals, Readers Advisory, and Websites: useful review sources for collection development. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotion & Programming </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is… <ul><ul><li>A collection of comic books bound in book format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A stand alone storyline featuring comic book characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An original storyline formatted similarly to comic books with pictures and panels; novel in length with narrative development </li></ul></ul>a Graphic Novel
  4. 4. Manga <ul><ul><li>A Japanese comic book or graphic novel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An artistic and storytelling style that may encompass non-Japanese works </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Target demographics: for boys (Shonen), for girls (Shojo) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ OEM” Original English Manga : American manga artists and authors </li></ul></ul>What is…
  5. 5. Anime <ul><ul><li>Japanese animation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Movie length or television series based on popular manga titles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OAV (Original Animated Video) produced specifically for the home video market </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May be re-dubbed or subtitled </li></ul></ul>What is…
  6. 6. Why Should You Invest in a Graphic Novel (GN) Collection? <ul><ul><li>Serve a diverse population of readers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw teens who might not otherwise visit the library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote alternate means of achieving literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing acceptance of graphic novels </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><ul><li>Get the support of your director and board! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure your collection development policy covers graphic novels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose your audience/focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide how to catalog them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a core collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep the money flowing (at least try!) </li></ul></ul>How Do You Start a GN Collection?
  8. 8. The GPL Collection <ul><li>Our stats: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently have 1,328 items in the collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A mere 100 items have not circulated within the last year (of which 50 were lost, damaged, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In 2008, GNs averaged nearly 6 circs/item—this is double our most popular collections such as YA fiction, Romance, and Mystery. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><ul><li>Buy for your community! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know your ratings! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E – Everyone / All Ages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Y – Youth Ages 10+ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>T – Teens Ages 13+ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OT – Older Teens 16+ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>M – Mature Ages 18+ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preview, preview, preview! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find an expert! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volumes : Keep a spreadsheet! </li></ul></ul>Collection Development Tips & Tricks
  10. 10. Collection Development Tips & Tricks <ul><ul><li>Graphic Novels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Superhero sets come in several series </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ex. Amazing Spiderman, Best of Spiderman, Marvel Adventures Spiderman, Ultimate Spiderman… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GN’s for kids </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stone Arch Books </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DC Comics sets </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Graphic classics </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Capstone Press </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Graphic biographies </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Graphic history </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Graphic science </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Collection Development Tips & Tricks <ul><ul><li>Shonen Manga </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeted toward young male readers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Features one or more male protagonists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Characterized by high action, adventure, humorous plots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Might also include a battling group or team of characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Artistically, less flowery than Shojo manga </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Collection Development Tips & Tricks <ul><ul><li>Shojo Manga </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeted toward young female readers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Features one or more female protagonists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plotlines range from historical and high school dramas to science fiction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Romance usually involved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Might include chibi characters </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Collection Development Tips & Tricks <ul><ul><li>Shonen-ai, Yaoi, & Yuri </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Storylines that include “mild” homosexual male relationships </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yaoi – more mature, explicit subject matter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yuri – Lesbian relationships, often explicit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Publisher June </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manwha </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Korean Comics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Particular detail to facial features </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Review Sources <ul><li>Magazines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VOYA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SLJ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publisher’s Weekly, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wizard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shojo Beat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shonen Jump </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Review Sources, cont. <ul><li>Websites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anime for Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anime News Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BWI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No Flying, No Tights </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Publishers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ADV Manga </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Del Rey Manga </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tokyopop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Viz Media </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Suggested Lists: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>YALSA – Great Graphic Novels for Teens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No Flying No Tights </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Promotion & Programming <ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Signage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word of Mouth </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Promotion & Programming the mcp Operation Anime [ /] 20 Things to Do w/ Your Anime Club [ ] <ul><ul><li>Manga Club </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anime Club </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cosplay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conventions </li></ul></ul>