Comics and libraries

I haven’t been posting much about comics and libraries lately, in part because it seems almost commonplace these days. Libraries are embracing comics, and the comics industry is paying attention to libraries.

Why, just today Library Journal includes a report from the New York Comic Con that casually opens with “San Diego move over…” as if all librarians know that the San Diego Comic Con is the big comics convention.
In fact, comics have become so commonplace that the censors have taken to going after Newbery Award winners rather than comics. (There are references to this controversy all over the biblioblogosphere—for a little different take, see Neil Gaiman’s post. Personally, I think the censors should go straight to the source and advocate pants for dogs.)

I simply don’t have time to report all the comics and libraries stories out there, and since comics are way outside of my research library’s scope, I’m not the best person to report on them anyway.

However, I thought I’d report on a local event I attended. Penn State’s library hosted a panel discussion with Harvey Pekar (American Splendor) and Phoebe Gloeckner (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) on graphic novels. This panel discussion was part of the Charles W. Mann, Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts series, no less, and the auditorium was standing room only. The discussion was accompanied by an exhibit on graphic novels using materials from the library’s collection. Very cool.

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