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1 Laverne Mann Mercer Cty. Library System ‘Redhead Fangirl’ C REATING AND M AINTAINING YOUR ADULT G RAPHIC N OVEL COLLECTION

2 A FORMAT NOT A GENRE ! The graphic novel is a form suited to the contemporary age. I contend that the graphic novel will continue to displace (if never completely replace) purely textual writing and that it will eventually become the most popular form of reading. o -Stephen E. Tabachnick, professor, University of Memphis A comic-book world, World Literature Today, March – April 2007

3 UNSHELVED.. STILL WORK TO DO PROMOTING COMICS

4 Reality of graphic novels; breaking some myths  The average age for a graphic novel reader is 30  In other countries, graphic literature is widely accepted for all ages  Many graphic novels require the reader’s ability to take both written and drawn cues in order to fully comprehend the writer’s/artist’s meaning, thus requiring a higher reading level Pawuk, Mike. Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga and More. Greenwood Publishing, Conn. 2007

5 Criteria for selection  Language  Imagery – Violence, Sex  Content – politics, drug use.  Theme – “real world”  Synthesis of drawn and written cues

6 T HE PUBLISHING DIRT..  Graphic Novel Sales up in 2008  Despite  U.S. Economy  ICv2 says sales grew 5% to $395 million  Sales faster in bookstores than comic shops  “Kids and Tweens” GNs 134% increase in number of titles (underserved) - ICv2.com insider’s guide

7 Watchmen sales broke all sales records with 900,000 copies in 2008

8 S ELLING TO LIBRARIES..  GN sales grew in 2008, up to $35 million  “hard fit for the library process, rely heavily on reviews and comic book publishers aren’t famous for soliciting reviews”- PW 7/13/09  Growth in library sales continue in 2009  26.5% librarians said acquisitions would be up more than 10% in ’09 -And 24% at least up to 10% In April 2009…Baker and Taylor sold 12, 791 paperbacks and 1274 hardback GNs to library market.

9 M ANGA SALES DROP IN 2008  Declined from $210 million to $175 million  Economic downturn affected purchasing power of manga’s younger audience more than older comic/GN crowd  Less manga related Anime series on Cartoon Network  Doing well: Vampire Knight (Viz Media) Chibi Vampire (Tokyopop)

10 C OMIC BOOKS AND READING  Assist Poor Readers  Connect with visual learners  Strong language arts skills  Unmotivated and ‘dormant’ readers  Educational messages  Explore other literature  Engage Adult Readers  Ublib.buffalo.edu/lml/comics/pages/readling.html

11 S ELECTION G UIDELINES  Popularity  Fan magazines, web sites  Tie-ins to TV shows, movies, games, toys  Age level, target audience  Genre Superhero, fantasy most prevalent sci fi, humor, graphic nonfiction  Writing quality and artistic quality  Artistic style- manga, cartoon art  Writers and artists with strong fan following (Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Brian Michael Bendis) Ublib.buffalo.edu/lml/comics/pages/selection.html

12 A WARD WINNING GRAPHIC NOVELS  Eisner Finest stories, publications and creators in the medium. Will Eisner, creator of GN format.  Harvey Voted on only by industry professionals. Named after Harvey Kurtzman, co founder of MAD magazine.  Kirby President Obama is a Spider-Man and Conan comics fan!

13 R EVIEW AND G RAPHIC N OVEL SOURCES : *New York Times– Graphic Books Bestseller List http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/ Library Journal School Library Journal Booklist GN issue VOYA Baker and Taylor: Imagery (btol.com) Comic Store News (CSN) Teenreads.com (manga) icv2.com bookshelf.diamondcomics.com - GET by EMAIL comics2film.com comicworthreading.com graphicnovels.brodart.com kidslovecomics.com dccomics.com marvel.com darkhorse.com

14 G RAPHIC N OVELS TO F ILM  Road to Perdition (Max Collins)  A History of Violence (Vince Locke)  Watchmen, V for Vendetta (Alan Moore)  Sin City, 300 (Frank Miller)  Ghost World  Wanted  Superheroes: X-men, Spider-Man, Superman, Daredevil, Iron Man. Coming…Thor, The Avengers, Y the Last Man…

15 H OT FROM 2008-2009  Bottomless belly button  Heavy Liquid  Joker  Too cool to be forgotten  Life Sucks (Yalsa)  Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born, The Long Road Home  Incognegro  Echo: Moon Lake  Skim  Umbrella Academy  Runaways: Dead End Kids  Asterios Polyp  Marvel Pride & Prejudice

16 His black and white watercolors portray a family in 1950's Detroit. Radiologist father uses X-rays to cure sinus problems on David-- brother escapes to his drum set-- and his unhappy and judgmental mother rules the roost. Art as redemption novel David always draws his own world and eventually grows into praise for his work. Release date is September 2009- will beTop GN of 2009 list. Stitches by David Small GRAPHIC MEMOIR

17 W HAT IT IS - L YNDA B ARRY W RITER AND CARTOONIST SHOWS READERS HOW SHE MAKES ART AND ENCOURAGES US TO MAKE OUR OWN.

18 C AIRO - G. W ILLOW W ILSON A GRIPPING NARRATIVE, MIXING MAGIC, POLITICS AND ROMANCE THE KNOWLEDGEABLE VIEW OF THE I SLAMIC WORLD AND INTERESTING VISUAL EFFECTS.

19 T ONOHARU - L ARS M ARTINSON D ANIEL W ELLS BEGINS A NEW LIFE AS AN ASSISTANT JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER IN THE RURAL J APANESE VILLAGE OF T ONOHARU.

20 T ONOHARU - I NTERIOR

21 T ALES FROM THE S TARLIGHT D RIVE - IN M ICHAEL S AN G IOCOMO 32 STORIES TAKING PLACE OVER 50 YEARS AT A D RIVE -I N T HEATER –- M IRRORING LIFE AND THE CINEMA WITH TALES OF CRIME, ROMANCE, SCIENCE FICTION, MUSICALS.

22 The Sword by The Luna Brothers Dara Brighton is a college student whose life is changed forever when three strangers show up on her family's doorstep and demand a mystical sword. This event propels her into a dangerous quest. This is Volume 1 of an ongoing comic book series by The Luna Brothers (Joshua and Jonathan Luna, authors of Ultra and Girls).

23 T HE S WORD BY T HE L UNA B ROTHERS Dara Brighton is a college student whose life is changed forever when three strangers show up on her family's doorstep and demand a mystical sword. This event propels her into a dangerous quest. This is Volume 1 of an ongoing comic book series by The Luna Brothers (Joshua and Jonathan Luna, authors of Ultra and Girls).

24 T HE A LCOHOLIC BY J ONATHAN A MES & D EAN H ASPEIL Part quasi-autobiography and part stunning noir-realism, The Alcoholic is the story of Jonathan A. and the origin of his addiction to alcohol, the consequences of alcohol and substance abuse on his life and his eventual self- realization. Written by Jonathan Ames with art by Dean Haspiel. Published by DC Comics' Vertigo label.

25 The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames & Dean Haspeil Part quasi-autobiography and part stunning noir-realism, The Alcoholic is the story of Jonathan A. and the origin of his addiction to alcohol, the consequences of alcohol and substance abuse on his life and his eventual self- realization. Written by Jonathan Ames with art by Dean Haspiel. Published by DC Comics' Vertigo label.

26 L OCKE & K EY BY J OE H ILL & G ABRIEL R ODRIQUEZ Joe Hill is the author of the novel Heart Shaped Box and the short story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the son of Stephen and Tabitha King. Locke & Key is an ongoing comic book series from IDW Publishing and focuses on the bizarre experiences of a family in a New England mansion called Keyhouse. Stunningly original artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez.

27 Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriquez Joe Hill is the author of the novel Heart Shaped Box and the short story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the son of Stephen and Tabitha King. Locke & Key is an ongoing comic book series from IDW Publishing and focuses on the bizarre experiences of a family in a New England mansion called Keyhouse. Stunningly original artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez.

28 L OCAL BY B RIAN W OOD & R YAN K ELLY Local brings together 12 issues of a comic book series reprinted as a hardcover graphic novel. Each of the twelve chapters are individual moments of Megan McKeenan's existence as she wanders from locality to locality in the United States, searching for her life. Brian Wood is the author of the critically acclaimed comic book series DMZ.

29 H ELLBOY -M IKE M IGNOLA R AISED BY A MERICAN GI S AFTER HE WAS PULLED FROM THE UNDERWORLD IN A THWARTED N AZI OCCULT EXPERIMENT, H ELLBOY CHOOSES TO BE A FORCE FOR GOOD, BATTLING DEMONS WITH BRUTE STRENGTH AND BULLETS.

30 J AMILTI -R UTU M ODAN S ET IN I SRAEL DURING THROUGHOUT THE 20 TH AND 21 ST CENTURIES, THESE EVOCATIVE AND HAUNTING SHORT STORIES RANGE FROM REVELATIONS OF DISTURBING FAMILY SECRETS TO BEAUTY AMID POLITICAL VIOLENCE.

31 N AT T URNER -K YLE B AKER B AKER ILLUSTRATES THE VIOLENCE AND BRUTALITY OF THE LARGEST ORGANIZED REBELLION OF ENSLAVED PEOPLE IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE 19 TH CENTURY. Graphic Nonfiction

32 J. E DGAR H OOVER : A GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY -R ICK G EARY G EARY ' S DETAILED AND ENGAGING ACCOUNT OF J. E DGAR H OOVER ' S RISE WITHIN THE FBI IS AN INFORMATIVE HISTORY OF THE AGENCY ITSELF.

33 T HE T WELVE BY M ICHAEL S TRACZYNSKI In 1940, a team of twelve crime fighters get frozen during a raid on Germany. They are found 60 years later and must adjust to a new world

34 T HE T WELVE I NTERIOR

35 T HE T WILIGHT Z ONE G RAPHIC A DAPTATIONS Graphic adaptations of some of the more popular stories from the Twilight Zone

36 T WILIGHT Z ONE INTERIOR

37 T HANK Y OU !  Redhead Fangirl blog redlibcomic.blogspot.com Twitter: RedheadFangirl Ning.com/redheadfangirl Laverne Mann (liblave@gmail.com)liblave@gmail.com Thanks to David Lisa, Karla Iverson and Tyler Rousseau for use of their NJLA slides.


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