The Librarian's Guide to Graphic Novels for Adults

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Here is an in-depth guide to understanding, building, and managing an optimal collection of graphic novels that is targeted to please the format's mamy dedicated adult fans.
The book provides a helpful overview of the increasingly imporant role that graphic novels play in collection development. Serchay covers both American and foreign works and provides invaluable insight into their growing use in university and higher educational settings as well as their historical content, ...
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Overview

Here is an in-depth guide to understanding, building, and managing an optimal collection of graphic novels that is targeted to please the format's mamy dedicated adult fans.
The book provides a helpful overview of the increasingly imporant role that graphic novels play in collection development. Serchay covers both American and foreign works and provides invaluable insight into their growing use in university and higher educational settings as well as their historical content, use in targeted libary programs, and, of course, their ties to popular media and entertaintment. There is also instruction for deciding exactly which novels to purchase, how best to manage your collection, and tips for displaying and promoting books to your patrons. Plus, you'll find guidance for dealing with common issues that may arise, like knowing which graphic novels might be inappropriate for younger readers, as well as an invaluable list of recommended purchases, further reading, and electronic resources.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Although graphic novels for adults are a rather contemporary phenomenon in this country, they have been around for decades especially in Asian countries. This comprehensive, well-researched guide for librarians is written by a librarian and comic book devotee and includes everything one would need to know about graphic novels including their origins and the various types, as well as how to create a graphic novel collection for adults in your library. The ten chapters include the reasons for offering graphic novels for adults in your library, explanations of the different kinds of comic books and graphic novels, the various genres, Manga and the origins of graphic novels, how to purchase graphic novels, how to decide what to purchase, how to manage a collection, how to promote and display a collection, comics, graphic novels in academia, and the future of graphic novels. It is really quite interesting reading for anyone with a curiosity about what libraries are offering these days and entertaining, in general. Finally, the appendices contain an alphabetized, annotated bibliography of graphic novels, a list of guides recommended, online sources for information and purchasing, a bibliography, and an index of the book. For the uninformed, this is the book to establish a graphic novel section in your library created. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
Library Journal
This valuable follow-up to Serchay's Librarian's Guide to Graphic Novels for Children and Tweens (Graphic Novels, LJ 9/15/08) provides a wealth of information aimed at librarians buying graphic novels for adults. After presenting a convincing rationale for including graphic novels in libraries' adult collections and a brief orientation in the history and the world of comics (including manga and other non-U.S. works), Serchay covers sources for reviews and recommendations; options for acquisition, cataloging, and shelving; GN-related library programming; GN theft and challenges in libraries; and the place of comics in academia. An extensive appendix contains annotated listings for hundreds of selected GNs and series for adults, with Serchay's top recommendations noted; another appendix lists comics-related fiction and nonfiction works. Serchay notes that many adult comics fans read material also appropriate for younger readers, but most such books are omitted here; most superhero books listed reprint pre-1990 comics. VERDICT Serchay, a librarian and lifelong comics fan, clearly knows his stuff, and the information here is extensively and solidly researched. Very useful for librarians still trying to convince skeptical higher-ups that GNs are worthy material for adult readers.—S.R.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555706623
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Exhibits and Figures

Foreword Martha Cornog Cornog, Martha

Pt. I Understanding the Value and Types of Graphic Novels

Ch. 1 Why Offer Graphic Novels for Adults in Your Library? 3

Ch. 2 What Are Comic Books and Graphic Novels? 15

Ch. 3 What Genres Do Graphic Novels Cover? 39

Ch. 4 What Is Manga and Where Else Do Graphic Novels Come From? 55

Pt. II Creating and Working with Your Graphic Novel Collection

Ch. 5 How Can You Purchase Your Graphic Novel Collection? 73

Ch. 6 How Do You Decide What to Purchase and What Is Available? 83

Ch. 7 How Do You Manage Your Collection? 115

Ch. 8 How Can You Display, Promote, and Work with Your Collection? 123

Ch. 9 How Do Comics and Graphic Novels Fit in Academia? 143

Ch. 10 What Is the Future of Graphic Novels? 153

Appendix A An Annotated List of Selected Graphic Novels 161

Appendix B Recommended Additional Books for Your Collection 257

Appendix C Recommended Online Sources for Information and Purchasing 271

Bibliography 277

Title Index 283

Subject Index 315

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