If I haven’t mentioned it already, I love comics and graphic novels. When they’re well done, they bring together two of my favourite things – great art and great stories – in one lovely little package. As a teen, I read a lot of these, but outside of my immediate circle of friends, they weren’t especially popular. In the last several years, however, I’ve seen their popularity grow by leaps and bounds, which is, to be frank, thrilling. I love the idea that more and more people are coming to appreciate the form and they are not necessarily perceived as being solely the domain of only one demographic – writing, in all its forms, should be the domain of everyone. (Sorry, is my English degree showing?)
As an information professional, I’m also intrigued by the popularity and use of graphic novels and comics in schools and libraries, and how these institutions are responding to. For some students, who might not necessarily pick up a traditional novel, comics get them reading. Libraries are building great collections of these materials, and using the form as the basis for fantastic programs and events, like reading clubs, and learn-to-make-your-own classes.
I tweeted about this a few days ago, but it’s an ongoing source of interest for me. So, here are a few more resources and links to what other libraries are up to.