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Comic Adventures in Academia

Comixology's monthly column by Karen Green, Columbia University's Ancient/Medieval Studies Librarian and Graphic Novel selector. This column deals with the particular experiences, challenges and rewards involved in developing a graphic novel collection at an academic library. While no longer updated, the column still offers a good deal of insight and advice.

Get Graphic: the World in Words and Pictures

Get Graphic is a graphic novel resource that is also a community project. The site features comprehensive information for teachers, librarians and parents, and there are also special events, workshops, art contests and classroom kits that can be borrowed through the Buffalo and Erie Public Library systems for those that live in Western New York.

Recommended Graphic Novels for Public Libraries

Steve Raiteri is a public librarian from Ohio who has done more than simply incorporate graphic novels into his collection – he’s also been reading them for more than 25 years! You can take advantage of his wealth of experience at his website, where he lists titles that are appropriate for a young adult collection as well as information about starter collections, websites of publishers, and links pertaining to the graphic novel industry.

School Resources

Comics: A Multi-dimensional Teaching Aid in Integrated-skills Classes

Originally published in Studies in Social Sciences and Humanities, March 1997, Nagoya, Japan Nagoya City University, by Randall Davis, the article also appears on his ESL-themed website. The commentary espouses the virtue of comics as an aide in teaching language skills.  It has relevance to the regular classroom as well, providing a sample lesson plan and other pedagogical uses of comics.

Comics in Education

Educator, cartoonist, and comic writer Gene Yang’s (American Born Chinese, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks) informational website provides the history and the strengths of using comics in education. Also included are various links to educational resources in print and on the web.

Comics in the Classroom

Canadian elementary school teacher Scott Tingley's website, Comics in the Classroom.net, is designed to help fellow teachers and parents choose comics for both eager and reluctant readers in grades K through 8. Tingley, a parent, teacher and longtime fan of the comics medium, uses the site to share the positive experiences he has had using comics in the learning process.

Going Graphic

Sample chapters from second language learner specialist Dr. Stephan Cary's book regarding comics at work in the multilingual classroom.

The Graphic Classroom

The Graphic Classroom is blog maintained by Chris Wilson, a graduate student majoring in Elementary Education. Graphic Classroom functions as a resource for teachers and librarians to help them stock high quality, educational-worthy graphic novels and comics in their classroom or school library. Chris Wilson reads and reviews graphic novels and comics and assigns a rating as to appropriateness for the classroom.

National Association of Comics Art Educators

Created to promote the acceptance of the comics medium within art and educational institutions, NACAE is a resource for students, teachers and school programs interested in the potential for integrated learning through comic art programs. The website features an extensive database of articles and lesson plans, as well as a forum for educators.

Owly Lesson Plans

Andy Runton and Patty Runton have produced a series of lesson plans for the award winning series Owly, which are available for free download from Andy Runton's web site. These lesson plans feature a variety of activities, including reading, writing and drawing exercises, and can be adapted to accommodate students of different ages and reading levels. The lesson plans also feature adorable drawings by Andy Runton.

Sequential Smarts

A comics review blog with a focus on how the works discussed can be used in the classroom, Sequential Smarts is part of girl-wonder.org. Participation from teachers, tutors, parents and students is encouraged.

Publishers

Dark Horse Comics

Bearing in mind the special needs of librarians, Dark Horse (publisher of such titles as Trigun, Star Wars, Sin City, Hellboy, and more) created a website specifically devoted to librarians. The site includes information about current and upcoming titles, reviews of Dark Horse graphic novels, and a list of bestsellers.

DC Comics

The official website of DC Comics (home of iconic superheroes Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman) includes a graphic novel section with books separated by imprint (DC is also the home of graphic novel imprint Vertigo) and a list of 30 essential graphic novels. For kids titles, go here.

Image Comics

The official website of Image Comics (publisher of such titles as Savage Dragon, Invincible, Madman and more) includes titles organized by release date and allows you to preview their comics online.

Marvel Comics

The official website of Marvel Comics (home of iconic superheroes Spider-Man, Captain America and the X-Men) features an extensive catalogue that can be searched by title, creator and/or release date. It also includes character bios and many interactive features.

Reviews

Graphic Novel Reporter

A member of the Book Report Network, Graphic Novel Reporter updates weekly with graphic novel reviews and creator interviews, as well as news, opinions, blog entries, bestseller and recommended lists, and special features for movie adaptations.

Good Comics for Kids

A review and resource site devoted to comics for young readers, goodcomicsforkids also features interviews and weekly lists of new titles. The site is maintained by a group of reviewers and bloggers, including quite a few librarians!

ICv2.com

ICv2's Website and related magazine, the ICv2 Guide, both provide in-depth coverage of the graphic novel business—the Website is updated daily with rotating coverage of graphic novels, manga/anime, and games. Both ICv2.com and the ICv2 Guide feature reviews written by librarians.

Kirkus Reviews

 The esteemed book review source offers regular reviews of graphic novels. 

No Flying, No Tights

Robin Brenner, library technician at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, Massachusetts, crafted this website to serve as a central repository and resource on graphic novels for kids, teens, and adults. Each section is broken down by genre and reading interest level.

Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly now runs regular coverage of the comic book industry (particularly about graphic novels and how they pertain to book markets) and runs a special review section on graphic novels on a quarterly basis.

School Library Journal

School Library Journal contains its "Graphic Novel Roundup" of graphic novel reviews on a bimonthly basis.

VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates

VOYA features "Graphically Speaking," a column by librarian (and Diamond Bookshelf reviewer) Kat Kan that reviews YA-appropriate graphic novels.

Miscellaneous

The Beat

Heidi Macdonald's blog, hosted by Publisher's Weekly, covers all aspects of comics culture and industry news, and is updated daily.

The Graphic Novels Guy

A bi-weekly column by John Shableski, who works for Diamond Book Distributors as a sales manager with a focus on the independent bookstore market, public and school libraries. Updated every other Tuesday on M.J. Rose's Buzz, Balls & Hype blog, Shableski focuses on such issues as "Why Won't Johnny Read" and "Can Graphic Novels Save Independent Bookstores?"

ImageText

The University of Florida's online academic journal designed "to advance the academic study of comic books, comic strips, and animated cartoons." With the guidance of a cross-disciplinary editorial board, ImageText publishes various papers investigating the material, historical, theoretical, and cultural implications of sequential art.

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA)

The official website of MoCCA, a museum devoted to "the collection, preservation, study, education, and display of comic and cartoon art."

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

Located in ocated in historic Camden Station at Camden Yards in BaltimoreMaryland, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum maintains a collection that spans 250 years of pop culture memorabilia. The museum offers educational programs and tours that relate to the history of comic books and understanding history through pop culture. More information about educational programs can be found here.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's (RPI) Comics Research Bibliography

Described as "an international bibliography of comic books, comic strips, animation, caricature, cartoons, bandes dessinees, and related topics," the bibliography is divided by author into four sections, contains more than 16,900 entries through August 2003, and has been featured by USA Today, the Library of Congress, and the Research Libraries Information Network.

Resources for Kids

Diamond Book Distributors Kids Catalog

A catalogue of graphic novel titles for kids and teens, from Diamond Book Distributors. Focuses on such categories as Critically Acclaimed Graphic Novels for Children, Non-stop Action for Reluctant Readers and Cool Graphic Novels for Young Adults and Teens

Amelia Rules Website

The critically acclaimed Amelia Rules series by Jimmy Gownley has a brand new website, featuring interactive games and downloads for kids. Fans of the series will find podcasts, videos, trivia games and pages to color, as well as comprehensive information on the series and a step-by-step guide to comics creation. Fans are encouraged to submit original artwork and fiction for display. There is also a special section for teachers.

Make Beliefs Comix

This is a website that allows users to make their own comics, by selecting from a variety of characters, poses and expressions and supplying the words themselves. Available in both English and Spanish, this site is an ideal resource for language learners, as well as offering a wealth of opportunities for writing and dialogue exercises. Cute human and animal characters are designed to appeal to kids. Makebeliefscomix was created by Bill Zimmerman, author of the book Make Beliefs: A Gift for Your Imagination, with artwork by Tom Bloom.