As more graphic novels appear in libraries, so do challenges

The AP covers the literary world's hot new thing — graphic novels. They say libraries are increasingly facing complaints from some parents who are concerned that books with adult content could be read by children attracted to the comic book-like drawings.

"The bulk of our graphic novels are for young adults and they're very popular," Crump said, estimating the library's collection has gone from only a handful to around 75.

Librarians and Educators Day at Baltimore Comicon

Anonymous Patron writes "Baltimore Comic Con
September 9 and 10, 2006
September 9th is Educators and Librarians Day Sat. from 10-6; Sun 10-5
Sat. Sept. 9th librarians and educators get in free with ID and their children get in free too!
They will get discounts from the pubs and vendors--the list of creators is on the website
Autographing sessions with big name creators and artists
There are panel discussion about graphic novels in libraries and education

Be sure to attend the grand opening of Geppi's Entertainment Museum as well and see the history of comics publishing.

The highlight of the convention are the Harvey Awards for comics and graphic novels.

Allyson A.W. Lyga will moderate the panel discussion for librarians and educators;
Educator, Consultant, Writer
2002 Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar
Adjunct Faculty, Supervisor SLM Interns, McDaniel College
Author, Graphic Novels in your Media Center: A Definitive Guide"


Library in a web comic

ADHD_librarian writes "Web comic Questionable Content, seems to be launching off into a library related story line. And to top it off we get a hip, tattooed, emo librarian (or something like that) although, she does have glasses. Still, some stereotypes exist for a reason.
This has been a recent favourite of mine, so library humour is going to be well received."

A link to the comic itself--Curmudgeony


Revenge of the nerds at comic-book convention

Hollywood Reporter: This weekend, as hundreds of hip filmmakers and marketers from the studios and talent agencies trek to San Diego for Comic-Con International, it's as if Hollywood's high school-like hierarchy is being stood on its head.

The convention has, in the past six years, grown beyond its science-fiction and comic book roots to become a place where the entertainment industry markets its wares to demanding fans who were once nerdy outsiders.


Ten most important comic books of the 1990s

Anonymous Patron writes "The ten most important comic books of the 1990s: The 1990s was an incredible decade for comics. More people were buying and reading them than ever before and, in turn, more new publishers and new titles came into being. We had the formation of the superstar independent in Image Comics and the birth of the still unequaled VALIANT Universe, a high water mark in storytelling, as well as a host of others trying to imitate the two. Gimmick covers and variants were all the rage, but we loved them and (don't tell Marvel) we still do. We were all going to be rich because the generic hot book of the week was going to be the next big thing. Well hindsight is 20/20 and with that in mind, let's chart the Ten Most Important Comic Books of the 1990s."


Religion and faith quietly move into comic books

A Knight Ridder/Tribune Piece covers how comic-book creators have become more open in exploring religion in the colorful, action-packed world of superheroes. A few writers have brought religion into the mix when taking on some longtime characters. But don't expect most superheroes to suddenly start going to church or synagogue and discussing their religious beliefs. Religious themes are explored freely in the growing subgenre of Christian comics, which are usually the province of small, independent publishers. Larger publishers such as DC and Marvel have a wider readership to worry about.


No snickering in the library, unless you're hooked on "Unshelved"

The Seattle Times has an interview with Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes, the guys behind Unshelved. "It's kind of, like, 'Dilbert' for librarians," offers Deena Martinsen, vice chair of Longview Public Library's board of trustees.

Echoes Chris Skaugset, director of Longview Public Library, whose wife bought him a framed "Unshelved" print for Christmas: "They're just so tuned to library work," he says. "You see it every day."


Charges upheld in comic book case

News Out Of Georgia where A Floyd County judge has upheld charges pending against Gordon Lee, the owner of a Broad Street comic book shop who is accused of giving a sexually explicit comic to a minor in October 2004.

Defense attorneys for Lee — who were successful earlier this month in having four of the seven charges against him dropped — had asked Superior Court Judge Larry Salmon to consider dismissing the remaining charges, which they argued are based on an unconstitutional statute and represented "needlessly duplicative" prosecution of their client.

International Comic Arts Festival

Anonymous Patron writes "The 10th Annual International Comic Arts Festival, or ICAF 2005, takes place Today, through Saturday, Oct. 15, in Washington, at the Library of Congress James Madison Building (with special evening programming on Friday, Oct. 14, at the George Washington University Gelman Library). Full information on the program and the venues at the site International Comic Arts Festival"


Demand for anime, manga has libraries wide-eyed

The Daily Breeze Reports Demand for Japanese animation and graphic novels has exploded since Americans were first introduced to television imports like "Yu-Gi-Oh!" and "Dragon Ball Z" earlier in the decade. But few local (California) libraries have capitalized on the trend.
With children and adults alike discovering the appeal of saucer-eyed characters, the materials have been flying off the library's shelves, said library service director Norman Reeder. "They are usually checked out all the time and then it looks like we have none."



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