November 21, 2017

CA College Student Challenges Graphic Novel Syllabus

The administration at Crafton Hills College, a community college in Yucaipa, CA, recently denied a student’s request to remove what she considered objectionable material from a college course on graphic novels. After enrolling in the course and purchasing her books, Tara Schultz was surprised to learn that some of the titles included mature material. “I expected Batman and Robin, not pornography,” she told the Redland Daily Facts (RDF). The four books on the syllabus she found objectionable included: Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin, 2006); Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1, by Brian Vaughan (Vertigo, 2003); The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House, by Neil Gaiman (1990, DC Comics); and Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon, 2004).

Getting Graphic at ALA | ALA Annual 2015

The American Library Association’s annual conference produced a crop of comics news, beginning with the Comic Book Club Handbook, a new resource produced by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in collaboration with Comic-Con International, with the assistance of Erwin Magbanua of the San Diego Public Library and illustrated by cartoonist Rick Geary.

hoopla Adds Ebooks and Comics, Develops “Action View” Technology for App

hoopla digital, the streaming media service for libraries developed by Midwest Tape, announced the addition of ebooks and comics to its platform. The initial selection features thousands of titles from publishers including IDW, RosettaBooks, Chicago Review Press, Dundurn Press, and Tyndale House, which will join hoopla’s catalog of more than 300,000 streaming movies, television shows, music albums, and audiobooks.

From Superheroes to Vampires: The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2014

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, 2:00-3:00 PM ET Join us for an exclusive sneak peek at some of the great graphic novels hitting the shelves over the next few months, plus hear tips on how to share the exciting world of graphic novels with your patrons. Get the insider’s view from DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Del Rey, Archie Comics, Kodansha and more. There’s something for everyone; find out more about a certain superhero’s 75th birthday party and just what the heck is happening in Riverdale. Are vampires really killing off our favorite teens? Archive now available!

50 Years Late, Superman/Kennedy Comic Finally Finds a Home at JFK Library

A Superman comic depicting John F. Kennedy, originally released shortly after the president’s assassination, on January 9 finally made its way to the JFK Library in Boston, where illustrator Al Plastino had thought it had been for nearly 50 years.

Ohio State University Opens New Home for Cartoon and Comic Collection

For years, Ohio State University (OSU) has had a collection of graphic novels, editorial cartoons, and comic strips that could go toe to toe with archives the world over. What it didn’t have was a space that did that collection justice. For decades, OSU’s cartoon collection, which includes more than 2.5 million comic strips spanning decades of American newspapers, was housed in a pair of disused rooms in the school’s journalism building. A recent move to renovated space, though, means that the decades of pop culture history housed at OSU’s newly-minted Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (BICLM) finally has a happy home, and one that staff are eager to introduce to the public.

Book News: Abrams Launching ComicArts Line in Spring

Will include comic art history titles and graphic novels Inaugural titles coming in March Prices range from $12.95 to $40 Top art book house Harry N. Abrams next spring is launching ComicArts, a new imprint focusing on comics and cartoon histories as well as a graphic novels line. Senior VP and publisher Steve Tager and […]

Librarians Out Front at Comic Con

By Ann Kim & Michael Rogers Librarians’ pioneering role in bringing graphic novels to the public was celebrated at the second annual New York Comic Con (NYCC), held February 23 – 25, at Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Convention Center. Some 400 librarians attended, a fourfold leap over 2006. Four library-centric panels featured librarians tackling, for example, […]

Graphic novel back on shelf

By LJ Staff When the book Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics was pulled from the San Bernardino County Library, CA, shelves by county supervisor Bill Postmus (see News, LJ 5/15/06), the Barstow Community College Library stepped up. The library purchased three copies, putting one on display with other materials for an upcoming course on […]

Library Cards Get Bonus on Free Comic Book Day

By LJ Staff The comic book industry, along with stores and libraries, celebrated the fifth annual Free Comic Book Day last Saturday, and some stores, like Comickaze of San Diego, made a special effort to help libraries. ‘All attendees will have their pick of up to four comics and in an effort to encourage use […]