At the Library - Steve MacLean
Over the past decade, one of the fastest growing and most popular genres within our collection has been graphic novels, or to some, comic books. Since first appearing on library shelves in significant numbers in libraries across Canada and the United States, they have gained a newfound respect with librarians that have matched that of their fans, becoming increasingly appreciated for their art, writing and subject matter. Initially the material was questioned and met with outright rejection by most collection developers in the library world for their alleged dubious content and the obvious reaction that comes with being printing on pulp paper.
Gradually the genre would earn respect, handling a wide range of subjects with creativity, sensitivity and insight, earning it a solid niche in popular culture that would post circulation numbers that compete with all genres – even teen paranormal books.
Backed by this steady growth in interest coupled with ever diverse subjects being explored in a visual medium, fans and supporters within libraries have championed their fair place on library shelves. Eventually, this illustrated universe of speech balloons and panels would be populated with more characters than the familiar cast of super heroes and zombies. More and more, their authors would explore complex themes in a wide mixture of categories including fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction and historical documents.
To meet this rising level of respect and growing demand, our collection now has over 1500 entries in the categories of Adult, Young Adult and Juvenile with more being added to our smaller branches in the coming months. If you are intrigued by a reading challenge and looking for something new in your public library, why not withdraw a graphic novel and look at how any story for any age group can be told using innovative and creative strokes of a pen or brush? Maybe you will become one of the many who have never forgotten their discovery of “comics” and how they sparked a life-long love of reading.
With this in mind, listed below is brief list of the quality material that lurks on our shelves awaiting your approval:
“The Walking Dead: a continuing story of survival horror”, Robert Kirkman
“I See the Promised Land: a life of Martin Luther King, Jr.”, A.R. Flowers
“The Little Prince”, Joann Sfar
“Che Guevara: a manga biography”, ChieShimano
“The Purple Smurfs: Smurfs graphic novel”, Peyo
“Daredevil, the man without fear!”, Brian Michael
“Superman. Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow?”, Alan Moore
“Binky the Space Cat”, Ashley Spires
“Sherlock Holmes: the trial of Sherlock Holmes”, Leah Moore