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February 5, 2014


Missed Them: Multiple, Laudable, Library-Related Lists Of Comics In Graphic Novel Form

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Via some good old-fashioned committee work, the Young Adult Library Services Association has named its Great Graphic Novels list for 2014, and also a Top Ten Graphic Novels list. As the first list of great works is 78 books long, one might understand focusing a bit more attention on the easier to comprehend and, for some, easier to believe the primary claim of, the second list. That list is:

* Boxers And Saints, Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
* Dogs Of War, Sheila Keenan And Nathan Fox (Graphix)
* March Book One, John Lewis And Andrew Aydin And Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
* MIND MGMT Volume One: The Manager, Matt Kindt (Dark Horse)
* Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, Prudence Shen And Faith Erin Hicks (First Second)
* Rust Volume Two: Secrets Of The Cell Royden Lepp (Archaia)
* Strobe Edge Vols. 1-6, Io Sakisaka (Viz)
* The Adventures Of Superhero Girl Faith Erin Hicks (Dark Horse)
* War Brothers: The Graphic Novel, Sharon McKay And Daniel Lafrance (Annick Press)
* Will And Whit, Laura Lee Gulledge (Amulet Books) (Pictured Above)

All the books on that second YALSA list were designated as 2013 books except Strobe Edge which was 2012-2013 for its multiple volumes. March was designated a non-fiction book; the rest were fiction.

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The superior link-blogger and Robot 6 contributor Kevin Melrose unearthed the following two lists, both of which he placed into this post.

The first is the graphic narrative portion of the 2014 book list from the Over The Rainbow Project sponsored the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table.

* 7 Miles a Second, David Wojnarowicz And Marguerite Van Cook And James Romberger (Fantagraphics)
* Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond "Gay" and "Straight", Charles "Zan" Christensen and Carol Queen (Northwest Press)
* Blue is the Warmest Color, Julie Maroh With A Translation By Ivanka Hahnenberger (Arsenal Pulp Press)
* Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir, Nicole J. Georges (Houghton Mifflin) (Pictured Below)
* Julio's Day, Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
* Spit and Passion, Cristy C. Road (The Feminist Press)

The second is a list of five comics works that were on a list of graphic novels for teens put together by something called "The Rainbow Project," which Melrose calls "a joint committee of the GLBT Round Table and the Social Responsibilities Round Table."

* Batwoman Volume Three World's Finest, W. Haden Blackman And J.H. Williams III And Trevor McCarthy (DC Comics)
* Blue is the Warmest Color, Julie Maroh With A Translation By Ivanka Hahnenberger (Arsenal Pulp Press)
* Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir, Nicole J. Georges (Houghton Mifflin)
* Kevin Keller 2: Drive Me Crazy, Dan Parent (Archie Comics)
* Wandering Son Vol. 4, Shimura Takako (Fantagraphics)

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I'm familiar with the majority of the books on all three lists but one really exciting thing about the last 10 years is how vastly different librarians seen the world of comics just in terms of what they're engaging. There are authors in that world that are a big deal that might not register at all in the Direct Market or in the bookstore market, or on-line.

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