Graphic Novels In The Library Media Center


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Graphic Novels In The Library Media Center

  1. 1. Graphic Novels in the Library Media Center A Presentation by Esther Keller Oct. 2006 Queens College
  2. 2. Graphic Novel Basics <ul><li>Graphic Novels are a longer version of the comic book that tells a full story. I.E. Maus, Persopolis, American Born Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>Manga – The Japanese word for comic book. In the U.S. we use it for Japanese style graphic novels or comics. Manga is often based on anime. Naruto. </li></ul><ul><li>Trade – An edition that collects and reprints series. Such as Ultimate Spider Man, X-Men, Batman, Etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Digest – A collected edition that is reprinted at smaller scale. For instance the Runaways and other Marvel Age titles. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Age Appropriate GNs <ul><li>More and more GNs are being published for all age groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that what you order for your library is suitable. </li></ul><ul><li>If your library is part of a K-8 school or 6-12 School consider dividing your GN section into age appropriate collections as you might your fiction and nonfiction. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep in mind, that at times publishers rate a series, before they know how it will turn out. So the first few volumes in a series might start out appropriate for your collection and later might turn too mature. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What if the book has been challenged? <ul><li>Considering GNs for your collection should not differ from standard collection development policies. </li></ul><ul><li>Read more about NYCSLS’s collection development policy here: </li></ul><ul><li>Above, you can read the challenged material policy. </li></ul><ul><li>If someone should challenge a GN on your shelf, deal with it as you would any other book in your collection. </li></ul>
  5. 5. A Little More About Manga <ul><li>Most manga reads from right to left. Publishers, like Tokyopop are starting to publish “Western Mangas” which read from left to right. I.E. Sorcerers and Secretaries by Ganter. </li></ul><ul><li>Manhua – Comics produced in China </li></ul><ul><li>Manhwa – Korean comics. These are read from left to right. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The risqué side of Manga. Is it for the school library? <ul><li>Yaoi – pronounced Ya-OYE. </li></ul><ul><li>In America this is often known as ‘boys love.’ Stories with boy/boy romances. Often explicit. These books are published for women and intended for them. </li></ul><ul><li>Not all the titles are sexually explicit . </li></ul><ul><li>Other terms like Shonen-ai are no longer used in Japan. Even so, this genre is quite popular with young women. </li></ul><ul><li>Some titles: Same Cell Organism , Only the Ring Finger Knows. </li></ul><ul><li>All titles are rated for 16+ </li></ul>
  7. 7. Using Comics in the Classroom <ul><li>It will motivate students to read and participate. </li></ul><ul><li>All the elements of storytelling exist, i.e. plot, theme, climax, denouement, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Many, if not all, the ELA Standards can be met if designing a unit around reading and writing comics. (The Standards: ) </li></ul><ul><li>But just as teachers have been resistant to using YA lit in the classroom – many will be resistant to using comics or GNs in their classroom. So…. </li></ul>
  8. 8. How do you propose we encourage teachers to do a small unit with GNs?
  9. 9. Some of my favorites! Trailers By Mark Kneese Runaways V. 1 Vaughan, Brian By: Chmakova, Svetlana Death Jr. by Gary Whitta