Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

Graphic Novels

Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

Graphic Novels

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Why would anyone want to add graphic novels to a public library collection? They are just glorified comic books, right? It could be that these novels, illustrated in a cinematic fashion with sequential panels, are amazingly popular with Young Adults. They could increase your library traffic by up to 80 percent and circulation up to 30 percent in specific areas, according to Jody Sharp, materials selection at Harford County Public Library.

Jody introduced graphic novels to Harford County's large Belair Branch in the autumn of 1998. Her idea was purely experimental, but after only one year she felt confident in expanding graphic novels to all branches. Jody proceeded to describe the virtues of graphic novels, while dispelling common misconceptions.

While typical comic books average about 2000+ words per issue, graphic novels such as Tin-tin which is translated into 123 languages, contain over 8000+ words. Some graphic novels are appropriate for younger readers while others are more adult in content. The task of the reviewer is important: to browse through each book, identify any illustrated panels containing violence and/or nudity, and compare them with the entire body of the novel. …

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