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Hollow Fields by Madeleine Rosca I have a list of graphic novels written or illustrated by Australians. It’s not extensive and I often discover titles I’ve missed, but finding Australian graphic novels and comics may become easier. Debbie Cox contacted me to tell about two projects of the National Library of Australia which aim to ensure the library collects published work of Australian comics creators. Collecting Australian Fringe Publishing at the National Library of Australia and The Comics Claiming Project are about the collection and treatment of comics, graphic novels, manga and zines at the NLA. The projects focus on:

  • What’s being published by Australian creators and publishers, whether published in Australia or not
  • Whether the NLA is adding them to the collection
  • If not, how the intake of these materials could be improved

How is this relevant to Australian comics and graphic novels creators?

The NLA needs help ensuring Australian comics, graphic novels, manga and zines are represented in the national collection. For creators this will mean a copy of published work is preserved in a controlled environment and made accessible to library patrons now and in the future. Information about these works will also be made available as a catalogue record to anyone anywhere with access to the internet.

The amazing remarkable Monsieur Leotard by Eddie Campbell and Dan Best Creators can help by telling the NLA about their own (or other’s) published works. Australian publishers (those in Australia and international publishers with branches in Australia) are responsible for depositing published works with the library (legal deposit). Many smaller or independent publishers are unaware of their legal deposit obligations or that the library would be interested in the type of material they publish. If graphic novel and comics creators tell the library about their published (or soon to be published) works the library can take steps to acquire this material from publishers.

The NLA would also like to hear from creators published by non-Australian publishers such as IDW and First Second Books (both publish work by Australian creators). The library is interested in collecting works by Australians even when published outside Australia.

What should Australian comics creators do?

Tell the NLA about published work by sending the relevant information (title, name or names of creators, publisher’s name, date of publication and ISBN if known) by email, phone or snail mail.

The NLA would also like to hear from creators who wish to discuss any issues or ask questions about these projects.

Contact details

For graphic novel and manga creators:

Legal Deposit Unit
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600
Tel: (02) 6262 1312
Fax: (02) 6273 4492
Email: legaldep@nla.gov.au Please put graphic novel or manga in the subject line

For comic and zine creators:

Australian Serials
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600
Tel: (02) 6262 1312
Fax: (02) 6273 4492
Email: legaldep@nla.gov.au Please put comics or zines in the subject line

Or post a comment to Fringe Librarian http://fringelib.blogspot.com/

More information

For more on legal deposit or the National Library of Australia go to the Hayase Australian Comics Wiki:
Legal deposit at the National Library of Australia
National Library of Australia

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Written by ClareSnow

9 July 2009 at 7:15 pm

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