+ What are graphic novels? Long comics Gained popularity after Will Eisner put the term on A Contract with God Scott McCloud defines “sequential art” in Understanding Comics Books with panels
+ Superhero Comics Mostly published by DC (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman) and Marvel (Spider-man, X-men). Publishers own the characters. Stories about different characters take place in the same “universe.” First published as “floppies” and then collected into trade paperbacks (tpb).
+ Superhero “Events” Secret Invasion/Civil War/Death of Capt. America/The Seige New Heroic Age Ultimate Spider-Man’s new identity New 52 Upcoming Films: Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, Batman Dark Knight
+ Superhero Strategies Avoid continuity issues: Invincible Collect Origin Stories: Marvels, Mythos, Ralph Cosentino and Marvel picture books Identify standalone titles like All-Star Superman, the color series, Batman Hush, Spider-Man Noir Focus on important artists: The World’s Greatest Superheroes Look for Teen characters: Spider-man loves Mary Jane, Teen Titans, Superman: Earth One
+ Manga/Manhwa Reads right to left and usually black and white. Targets different age groups (shojo, shonen, josei, seinen, etc.). Series have a beginning and an end, unlike superhero comics that are usually open-ended. Characters are more stylized or cartoonish, and often distort to show emotion.
+ Recommended Manga/Manhwa Shonen Jump Magazine Naruto DragonBall Z Full Metal Alchemist Death Note Sailor Moon
+ Manga Publishers Tokyo Pop VIZ Media Yen Press (Hachette Group) Kodansha (Del Ray/Random House
+ Graphic Novels and Nonfiction Aren’t necessarily serialized Often the work of only one or two people
+ Publishers I Like TOON books Blue Apple (Balloon Toons) Stone Arch (Capstone) Top Shelf Boom! Studios First Second (:01)
+ What else is out there? Picture books with panels Hybrid novels Light novels Web Comics Comic strips in newspapers
+ Setting Goals What are your reasons for collecting graphic novels? How do graphic novels fit into your larger collection development goals?
+ Goal Ideas Accessible versions of the classics, fairytales, and myths Graphic biographies American history and other social studies curriculum tie-ins Beginning readers (follow them up the grades) Teaching genre Reluctant readers Expand art section
+ Popular Titles Smile by RainaTelgemier Babymouseby Jennifer Holm Yummy by G. Neri Amuletby KazuKibuishi
+ Selection Criteria Artistic merit Durability of the format vs. cost of replacement Availability of other volumes/replacements Alternative review sources
+ Selection Tools YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens Texas Maverick List Diamond Book Shelf ICv2 Wizard No Flying No Tights Good Comics for Kids on SLJ website JLG GNLIB
+ Core Title Lists Diamond Book Shelf Good Comics for Kids Graphic Novel Reporter
+ Cataloging Questions Separate section? What about nonfiction? By author, title, series title, publisher, or character? What about comic-like books in picture book format?
+ Tools for teaching about graphic novels Adventures in Cartooning Lila and Ecco Understanding Comics ReadWriteThinkcomics creator Drawing Words Writing Pictures Graphic Classroom