There’s no denying that comic books, graphic novels, manga, and the like are as popular as ever. But where can a librarian start to get a handle on these materials? Here are a few resources to get your feet wet in the wide world of graphic novels.
- No Flying No Tights: A group review site written by librarians for librarians featuring reviews of graphic novels, manga, and anime for kids through adults. Also offers other recurring features like best of lists, top 5 lists on different topics, and interviews with artists. (Full disclosure, I review for this site)
- Graphic Novel Reporter: This site, part of the Book Report Network, produces a huge amount of content. Besides reviews for kids through adults, there are interviews, editorials, lists, behind-the-scenes peeks into the industry, and more.
- Good Comics for Kids: A collaborative blog hosted by School Library Journal featuring news and reviews on comics and graphic novels for kids and teens
- Comics Worth Reading: News and reviews of graphic novels, manga, comic books, and related subjects. Intelligent and well-written take on the industry, especially appreciate the manga coverage and the comics by women list.
- Great Graphic Novels for Teens: The year’s best graphic novels for teens as selected by a YALSA committee, started in 2007. (Note, you will have to log in or fill in a survey to view the lists)
- ALSC Graphic Novels Core Collection: A selected list of graphic novels for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 created by Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) in October 2011. Mostly recent titles.
Do you have a favorite resource for graphic novel reviews and news? Let me know in the comments!