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January 28, 2009

ALA Names Great Graphic Novels For Teens—And A Top Ten—For 2009


The American Library Association has named 53 titles to its Great Graphic Novels for teens list. The article at the link contains names of the people making the list and gives the outline of their process. They also made a top ten list.

I know this list is a great thing, but I find it hugely disappointing that where it applies both authors or all the authors aren't named in favor of the "writer" being listed as if they were sole author of the work. These aren't illustrated books: the drawing is authorship just as the scripting is authorship. In addition, I know on a least two of these works the creators made a point of talking about their organic creative process. I'm sure there's some library-listing reason for it, or something similar, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. I think it gets reflected in the way so many books are marketed, too -- I'm not sure how many people out there aware of Cairo could tell you the name of its artist. Anyway, I'll try to restore the co-authors below, and I apologize if I missed anyone. Works on the top ten list were:

* Life Sucks, Jessica Abel and Gabriel Soria and Warren Pleece (First Second)
* Sand Chronicles Vols. 1-3, Hinako Ashihara (Viz)
* Atomic Robo: Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne, Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener and Ronda Pattison (Red Five Comics)
* Real Vols. 1-2, Takehiko Inoue (Viz)
* Uzumaki, Junji Ito (Viz)
* Pitch Black, Youme Landowne and Anthony Horton (Cinco Puntos Press)
* Ai: A Tall Girl's Adventures In Japan, Aimee Major Steinberger (Go Comi)
* Skim, Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood)
* Umbrella Academy, Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba (Dark Horse)
* Cairo, G. Willow Wilson, MK Perker (Vertigo)
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