Let me begin first with a clarification that I hinted at back on Tuesday. Graphic Novels are NOT a genre. They are a format. In fact, for the 6 scheduled meetings of the "genre study" we will be breaking down our in depth look at this format into genre blocks. However, because this format is shelved together at most public libraries, readers often treat graphic novels in a similar fashion to a genre collection like mysteries.
I will have very brief reports on what happens at the 6 meetings throughout 2013, but I will not go into great detail because being in the genre study is a member benefit of being in ARRT.
The prep work I do however, is fair game for everyone out there. So here is my go-to list of graphic novel Internet resources. Please feel free to add your own in the comments.
- Graphic Novel Reporter: http://www.graphicnovelreporter.com/ From the same people who run BookReporter.com and ReadingGroupGuides.com.
- This is my top used and trusted Graphic Novels resource.
- Comic-Con (major, international comics convention) www.comic-con.org
- Comics Worth Reading: http://comicsworthreading.com/
- Wikipedia’s article on Manga: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manga
- NYT’s Graphic Novel Bestseller list: http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/bestseller/index.html
- This is how you know what is "hot" right now.
- The Lair: http://www.noflyingnotights.com/lair/ This is the older teen-adult review sites from the “No Flying, No Tights” people.
- Columbia University’s Graphic Novels Page: http://library.columbia.edu/eguides/graphic_novels.html
- Graphic Novel Reading List for College Students: http://raforall.blogspot.com/2010/10/graphic-novel-reading-list-for-college.html
- Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_eisners_main.shtml
- Everything I have tagged "graphic novels" here in the past including reviews of graphic novels I have read.