So, part of my new duties in collection management is purchasing teen graphic novels. I know they are popular. I don’t have a philosophical problem with them. But, I don’t know anything about them either. From a collection point of view in this public library, I can tell you that manga and anime are hot and American comics are dead.
I’ve finally put a few on hold to see how I do. I thought I would be picky about my first experiences. I promise to keep you posted.
Until then, I’ve read this nifty book called ‘Graphic Novels: Everything you Need to Know’ by Paul Gravett. He does a brief intro to comics and looks at the different complaints about them like they never leave anything for the imagination. It is an interesting read so far but most importantly wanted to share a quote that defines graphic novels in a way I can relate to.
“The graphic novel is not literary fiction’s half-wit cousin, but, more accurately, the mutant sister who can often do everything fiction can, and, just as often, more.” ~Dave Eggers