Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Getting Graphic by Michelle Gorman

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Linworth Publishing (November 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586830899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586830892
  • List Price: $36.95
  • I finished this book on Jan. 7
No kids (Yes, we're on a pet-name callling basis now. Nice, isn't it) it's not a dirty sexbook. Sigh. But it's about an equally sexy topic: Graphic Novels aka comic books. Here's me explaining to my father the difference between comics and graphic novels:
me: A comic book is a short serial that's staple bound, and a graphic novel is a longer story that's actually a book.
my dad: ah-ha (goes back to eating his dinner)
Now, I have no idea if that is right, but it seems solid, right. Anywho, I love the graphic novels. This book is designed to introduce the format to librarians. Btw: it's a format, not a genre. A graphic novel can be any genre. The problem with me reading this book is that I am already sold on them. However, the book did include good selection guides and book suggestions.
I didn't really like the layout of the book, I felt that all the suggestions should be at the end. But I liked the content so what can you do?
Now my next task is to get the librarian at my friendly neighborhood public lib to start ordering some. I'm thinking of giving him this book.
For fun, here's links to some good sites on graphic novels and comics.
Comic books for young adults

Here's a great link to many different sources

American Library Association's site on graphic novels

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