A short article for the OYAN newsletter.
Graphic Novels on the Web
Graphic Novels and Libraries
(good stuff if your boss doesn't think you should waste your budget on them) or if you are the boss and want a primer on what your YA librarians are talking about:The Librarian's Guide to Anime and Manga
Good overview of the formats, their conventions, reviews, etc. Best place I have found to start learning.
Graphic Novels Sources for Libraries:Diamond Book Distributors
THE major distributor. John Shableski works here. If you don't know who he is, then read this for some interesting insights into the business from someone who seems to eat, sleep and breath graphic novels:
Ingram and some other general distributors handle some graphic novels, but they tend to get buried under science fiction and fantasy. Diamond's web site lets you focus on graphic novels without struggling to identify them among other formats. Why mess around? Diamond makes ordering them easy.
Graphic Novel Reviews & Collection Development:
Graphic Novels Core Collection
H.W. Wilson core collection recommendations. Reminds me that my interest in graphic novels doesn't make me weird anymore. H.W. Wilson's imprimatur says they're legitimate library material.
Graphic Novels for Public Libraries
Written by a public librarian. Dated 2003 so a little old but includes recommended opening day collection.
Words Without Borders
International reviews of literary works. Tip: use Google Site Search for Graphic Novels, and you will find author interviews and title information from around the world. The graphic novel format is popular far beyond North America and Japan.
And Last, Readers Advisory and info for aspiring authors:
The Graphic Novel Archive: trade paperbacks, manga, comic strip collections, original graphic novels.
Current info of interest to graphic novel authors. For librarians, searchable database of graphic novels by series, publisher, etc. Great for reader's advisory work and for filling in missing numbers in series.
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