Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More

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Adding graphic novels to your library collection is a surefire way to boost circulation and build customer loyalty. But with thousands of graphic novels being published annually and no sign of a slowdown, how do you determine which graphic novels to purchase, and which to recommend to teen and adult readers? This guide is intended to help you start, update, or maintain a graphic novel collection and advise readers about the genre. It covers more than 2,400 titles, including series titles, and organizes them according to genre, subgenre, and theme-from super-heroes and adventure to crime, humor, and nonfiction. Reading levels, awards/recognition, and core titles are identified; and tie-ins with gaming, film, anime, and television are noted. Grade 6 through adult.

In addition, it will cite resources for learning more about the genre, and provide information on awards. Hundreds of images illustrate the guide.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Starred RevieW This well-designed and information-rich reference is a guide to the best graphic novels currently in the marketplace. Michael Pawuk explains in a unique visual comic-book style introduction that graphic novels are much longer than comic books and target a slightly older audience than picture books. He continues with important information about the design and use of this annotated bibliographic work….Because librarians can consult this valuable resource as a tool to reinvent teen collections and to entice teens to read, this work should be an essential purchase for all high school and public libraries. Highly Recommended."


Library Media Connection

VOYA - Kristin Fletcher-Spear
This indepth graphic novel bibliography reference book is awe inspiring. Not only will it help librarians fill holes in their collections, but it also will be great for readers' advisory and displays. Pawuk begins with a brief explanation in a fun, comic way on the ins and outs of graphic novels in libraries. As part of the Genreflecting Advisory Series, this guide has sections covering superheroes, action and adventure, science fiction, fantasy, crime and mysteries, horror, contemporary life, humor, and nonfiction. Sections are broken down into subcategories as well. Each graphic novel entry has a brief plot synopsis. If there are multiple volumes, the entries list the individual volumes and their ISBNs. Pawuk uses a coded system so that readers will be aware of media tieins such as movies, anime, and video games. He also highlights titles that he considers to form a "core collection." If an entry has won an award, it is also listed. The appendixes include recommended reference books, publishers' Web sites, and Web sites on graphic novels. The graphic novels included are mainly from 1990 onward, but some titles will be more difficult to find than others. Although many librarians will want to use this book as a collection development source, it is best used for readers' advisory. Fans of the graphic novel format will really appreciate this bibliographic guide to expand their reading repertoire. It is highly recommended for libraries to purchase for their adult reference collection.
Library Journal

Anyone doubting the wide, wild variety in graphic novels will be set straight by Pawuk's massive guide, with plot summaries for over 2400 titles organized by genre, subgenre, and theme. Icons identify award winners, core titles, reading levels, and media tie-ins. There are author, illustrator, and title indexes plus a short subject index. Appendixes list additional sources of information and major comics publishers, and an introduction in comics format gives brief general information about graphic novels and adding them to library collections. Note that this is a genre guide, not a comprehensive book on graphic novels in the library, and the focus is on titles popular with readers, winning critical acclaim, or considered classics. The list is not a guarantee of "safe" or "clean" content, and while age levels are provided, annotations do not include details about sexual content, nudity, graphic violence, or strong language. Moreover, Pawuk does not "rate" the titles-inclusion is intended to imply "acceptable for library collections." (The icons for "core title" and "award winner" may be used as rating indicators.) Pawuk is a public services librarian at Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., OH, and has organized and participated in graphic novel panels at ALA and comics conventions. Highly recommended for readers' advisory functions and for collection development. Aficionado patrons can also use it to broaden their reading.

School Library Journal

This accessible tome serves as both a readers' advisory tool and a collection-development aid for graphic novels and collected comic books in English. Symbols help readers gauge age-appropriateness, awards earned, and core-collection status. Within each genre, the works are organized by title. This helps because most readers know titles more than authors. Appendixes offer vital information on further reading, publishers, and useful Web sites. Each entry has good documentation and summaries, though some series titles are more up-to-date than others. Classics are included, but the vast majority of the titles are from the last decade. Books are well chosen and the genre-based organization makes this volume an especially good resource for school librarians seeking to provide graphic-novel options for classroom subjects and units. The broad age range covered (grade six to adult) and the lack of similar titles on the market make this volume a smart buy.
—Cara von Wrangel KinseyCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591581321
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2006
  • Series: Genreflecting Advisory Series
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL PAWUK is a public services librarian in Cuyahoga County Public Library. He organized the YALSA "Get Graphic at Your Library" preconference at ALA's annual meeting.

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