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"Any old time librarian who wants to better understand the graphic novel and decide if their library should begin to carry them needs to consider Graphic Novels: Beyond the Basics as an educational introduction and reference to the category."
Midwest Book Review
"In this collection of ten chapters by librarians, graphic novel writers, and others based in the US, Cornog and Perper introduce librarians to graphic novels. Chapters explain genres, superhero comics, manga, graphic fiction and nonfiction, comics for girls and women, international comics, and issues relating to purchasing, cataloging, preserving, collecting related media like anime films and video games, collecting for academic libraries, and dealing with potential complaints and censorship. Core lists of recommended titles are included, and an appendix lists graphic novels of interest to African
Americans, Latinos, LGBT patrons, and those interested in religious themes."
Reference & Research Book News
"The editors of this engaging guide assert that graphic literature is not just a genre but rather an effective literary medium. They sustain their argument through a brief but insightful historical recap, an overview of evolving critical commentary, updated statistics touting ubiquitous growth, a nod to literacy-related research, and testimonials from librarians—all in the introduction. . . . This useful and entertaining guide is recommended for public and academic libraries, for both nascent and established graphic collections."
"This work is of value not only to the librarian, but also to the educator wishing to incorporate the graphic form into their classroom."
"Contributors to this book include librarians, scholars, and publishers, giving the reader a well-rounded perspective from trustworthy sources. The tone is encouraging and empowering, and the information and advice is practical. This title would be an asset to any public library professional collection. Content is useful to library media specialists, academic librarians, and teachers and should be considered by those teaching in library science and media programs at the graduate level. It will serve as a reference resource to those developing a core collection, planning programs around graphic novels, academic libraries considering adding or expanding a graphic novel collection, and those writing policies or dealing with challenges of the format."
"Whether you are serious about the genre, interested in the history, or looking for ammunition, this book should be on your shelf. The wealth of knowledge and research that went into these essays is impressive, and reading this book will put you on the road to becoming an expert. . . . Highly recommended."
Library Media Connection
"highly informative . . . there is much to enjoy and inform in this volume."
School Library Journal