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LIBR1085_2017_Graphic Novels at Libraries: Home

A guide for libraries and librarians to develop their graphic novel collection


The history of comics and graphic novels at libraries is an interesting one. Whilst they may still be seen by some as something for children, just about super heroes, and 'good for reluctant readers', comics have come a long way from the days they used be shelved in the non-fiction section of the library.

Will Eisner's A Contract With God, changed the language in literary circles, A Contract With God. People started talking about graphic novels. Art Spigelman's Maus winning the Pulitzer Prize for his account of his family's escape from Nazi Germany was another game changer. And with renown writers such as Neil Gaiman, who started out writing comics, and Margaret Atwood who's recently published a graphic novel trilogy. It's a great time for libraries to pay attention to their graphic novel collection.

Still, this is a niche and especialised part of the collection. So, if you're asking yourself, where do I begin, why should I bother with graphic novels, what are the benefits to the library, and what kind of Australian graphic novels are out there? This guide should get you started.

Are Comic Books Considered Literature?

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