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Graphic novels in Libraries

Weiner, Robert G. (Ed.) (2010) Graphic Novels and Comics in Libraries and Archives: Essays on Readers, Research, History and Cataloging Jefferson, NC: McFarland. ISBN 9780786443024

With practical advice and innovative ideas for librarians, educators, and archivists, this book provides a wide-reaching look at how graphic novels and comics can be used to their full advantage in educational settings. Topics include the historically tenuous relationship between comics and librarians; the aesthetic value of sequential art; the use of graphic novels in library outreach services; collection evaluations for both American and Canadian libraries; cataloging tips and tricks; and the swiftly growing realm of webcomics.

Cornog, Martha & Perper, Timothy (2009) Graphic novels beyond the basics: Insights and issues for libraries Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN 9781591584740

Features chapters from Robin Brenner on manga; Gilles Poitras on anime; Trina Robbins on girls, women, and comics; John A. Lent on international graphic novels; Michael Niederhausen on superheroes; Michael Lavin on indie graphic novels; Francesca Goldsmith on selection and behind the scenes operations; Lorena O’English on academic libraries; and Erin Byrne co-authored the chapter on censorship.

National Coalition Against Censorship, American Library Association, & Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. (2006) Graphic novels: Suggestions for librarians New York: NCAC.

Goldsmith, Francisca (2005) Graphic Novels Now: Building, Managing, and Marketing a Dynamic Collection Chicago: ALA.

Miller, Steve (2005) Developing and Promoting Graphic Novel Collections New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers.

Lyga, Alison & Lyga, Barry (2004) Graphic novels in your Media Center: A Definitive Guide. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

Serchay, David (2004) “But those aren’t really books! Graphic novels and comic books” In Nichols (Ed.) Thinking Outside the Book: Alternatives for Today’s Teen Library Collections (pp. 21-53) Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

Crawford, Philip (2003) Graphic Novels 101: Selecting and Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy for Children and Young Adults: A Resource Guide for School Librarians and Educators Salt Lake City, UT: Hi Willow Research & Publishing.

Gorman, Michele (2003) Getting Graphic! Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy with Preteens and Teens Worthington: Linworth.

Sullivan, Edward (2002) “Resources for Reluctant Readers: Comics and Graphic Novels” in Reaching Reluctant Young Adult Readers: A Handbook for Librarians and Teachers Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Barker, Keith (1993) Graphic account: The selection and promotion of graphic novels in libraries for young people Newcastle: Youth Libraries Group.


Ingulsrud, John E. & Allen, Kate (2009) Reading Japan Cool: Patterns of Manga Literacy and Discourse Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

West, Mark I. (Ed.) (2009) The Japanification of children’s popular culture: From Godzilla to Miyazaki Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Thompson, Jason (Ed.) (2008) Manga: The Complete Guide London: Titan Books.

Brenner, Robin (2007) Understanding Manga and Anime. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

Amano, Masanao (2004) Manga design Köln: Taschen.

Gravett, Paul (2004) Manga: Sixty years of Japanese comics London: Laurence King.

Patten, Fred (2004) Watching Anime, Reading Manga: 25 years of Essays and Reviews Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press.

Kinsella, Sharon (2000) Adult manga: Culture and power in contemporary Japanese society Richmond, Surrey: Curzon.

Lent, John (Ed.) (1999) Themes and issues in Asian cartooning: Cute, cheap, mad, and sexy Bowling Green, Oh: Bowling Green University Press.

Allison, Anne (1996) Permitted and prohibited desires: Mothers, comics, and censorship in Japan Boulder, Co: WestviewPress.

Schodt, Fred (1996) Dreamland Japan: Writings on modern manga Berkeley, Ca: Stone Bridge Press.

Schodt, Fred (1983) Manga! Manga!: The world of Japanese comics Tokyo: Kodansha International.


Versaci, Rocco (2007) This Book Contains Graphic Language: Comics as Literature New York: Continuum.

Wolk, Douglas (2007) Reading comics: How graphic novels work and what they mean New York: Da Capo.

Groensteen, Thierry (2007) The System of Comics Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Spurgeon, Tom (2006) Comics as Art: We told you so Seattle: Fantagraphics Books.

Hatfield, Charles (2005) Alternative comics: An emerging literature Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Heller & Dooley (2005) The education of a comics artist: Visual narrative in cartoons, graphic novels, and beyond New York: Allworth Press.

McLaughlin, Jeff (2005) Comics as Philosophy Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Fingeroth, Danny (2004) Superman on the couch: What superheroes really tell us about ourselves and our society New York: Continuum.

Goulart, Ron (2004) Comic Book Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to Characters, Graphic Novels, Writers, and Artists in the Comic Book Universe New York: Harper Collins.

Heer & Worcester (2004) Arguing comics: Literary masters on a popular medium Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Howe, Sean (Ed.) (2004) Give our regards to the Atomsmashers! Writers on comics New York: Pantheon.

Jones, Gerard (2004) Men of tomorrow: Geeks, gangsters and the birth of the comic book New York: Basic Books.

Robinson, Lillian (2004) Wonder Women: Feminisms and Superheroes New York: Routledge.

Saraceni, Mario (2003) The Language of Comics London: Routledge.

Klock, Geoff (2002) How to read superhero comics and why New York: Continuum.

Baetens, Jan (2001) The Graphic Novel Louvain, Belgium: Leuven University Press.

Kannenberg, Gene (2001) “Graphic text, graphic context: interpreting custom fonts and hands in contemporary comics” In Gutjahr & Benton (Eds.) Illuminating letters: typography and literary interpretation (pp. 165-192) Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

McAllister, Sewell & Gordon (2001) Comics & Ideology New York: Peter Lang.

Varnum & Gibbons (2001) The Language of Comics: Word and Image Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Wright, Bradford (2001) Comic book nation: The transformation of youth culture in America Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Bongco, Mila (2000) Reading comics: Language, culture, and the concept of the superhero in comic books New York: Garland.

Carrier, David (2000) The Aesthetics of Comics University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press.

McCloud, Scott (2000) Reinventing Comics New York: HarperCollins.

Lent, John (Ed.) (1999) Pulp demons: International dimensions of the postwar anti-comics campaign Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Nyberg, Amy (1998) Seal of approval: The history of the comics code Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Springhall, John (1998) Youth, popular culture and moral panics: Penny gaffs to gangsta-rap, 1830-1996 Hampshire, England: Macmillan.

Sabin, Roger (1996) Comics, comix & graphic novels London: Phaidon.

Burrows, Toby & Stone, Grant (1994) Comics in Australia and New Zealand: The collections, the collectors, the creators New York: Haworth Press.

Reynolds, Richard (1994) Super heroes: A modern mythology Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

McCloud, Scott (1993) Understanding Comics Northampton, Ma: Kitchen Sink Press.

Inge, M. Thomas (1990) Comics as Culture Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Barker, Martin (1989) Comics: Ideology, power, and the critics Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Eisner, Will (1985) Comics & Sequential Art Tamarac, Fl: Poorhouse Press.


Serchay, David (2008) The Librarian’s Guide to Graphic Novels for Children and Tweens New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers. ISBN 9781555706265

Gorman, Michele (2007) Getting Graphic! Comics for Kids Worthington: Linworth.

Pawuk, Michael (2006) Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More Westport, Ct: Libraries Unlimited.

Gravett, Paul (2005) Graphic novels: Stories to change your life London: Aurum Press.

Weiner, Stephen (2005) The 101 Best Graphic Novels (2nd ed) New York: Nantier Beall Minoustchine

Weiner, Stephen (1996) 100 graphic novels for public libraries New York: Nantier Beall Minoustchine.

Rothschild, D. Aviva (1995) Graphic Novels: a Bibliographic Guide to Book-Length Comics Englewood, Co: Libraries Unlimited.

Graphic novels in the Classroom

Carter, James Bucky (Ed.) (2007) Building literacy connections with graphic novels: Page by page, panel by panel Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Crawford & Weiner (2005) Using graphic novels in the classroom: A guide for teachers and librarians New York: Scholastic.

Cary, Stephen (2004) Going graphic: Comics at work in the multilingual classroom Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Hill, Robyn (2004) The secret origin of good readers: A resource book San Diego: Comic-Con International.

Cline & McBride (1983) “Comics in our society and in the classroom” In A guide to literature for young adults: Background selection and use (pp. 131-151) Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman and Co.

Thomas, James (1983) Cartoons and Comics in the Classroom: A reference for teachers and librarians Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited.


Written by ClareSnow

21 November 2008 at 3:10 pm

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