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Graphic Novels

Comic Books Legal Defense Fund
Founded in 1986, this non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving the First Amendment rights of the comics industry. They have a comics censorship bibliography, case files of censorship attempts in which they've been involved as First Amendment advocates, and news of current and ongoing cases.

Comics Worth Reading
Comics reviewer and enthusiast Johanna Draper Carlson's site provides tidbits of news and critical reviews (to which readers can respond) of comics and graphic novels. Her site has been described as providing "entertaining, insightful, and above all honest" reviews of all genres of comic books by "an excellent writer and a shrewd judge of what's good and bad in comics today."

Get Graphic! The World in Words and Pictures
With information for educators, librarians and parents, this site is part of a two-year collaboration among various types of libraries and librarians in western New York state. In addition to promoting area events, there is information and links to resources, including those created as part of the initiative.

Glossary of Anime and Manga Terms
Chances are if you work with children or teens who are reading manga or watching anime, they are already in the know. Here's a site to help you get up to speed on what they're talking about.

Graphic Novel Reporter
This site provides reviews of graphic novels published for kids, teens, and adults, as well as interviews, information about upcoming releases, feature stories, a blog and much more.

Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Annual list of recommended graphic novels for teens (American Library Association/Young Adult Library Services Association)

Image Text
ImageTexT is a peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of comics and related media. It is published by the English Department at the University of Florida with support from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Librarian's Guide to Anime and Manga
Here is the site that can provide those of us who aren't in the know with an explanation of Japanese comics (manga) and animated films (anime), addressing issues imprortant for libraries and librarians to understand, and providing title recommendations.

No Flying, No Tights
A graphic novel review site run by three enthusiasts, one of who is a practicing librarian. Great for both novices to the graphic novel scene and avid readers, it will be particularly helpful to adults working with children and teens wanting to learn about this field of literature and to read reviews. The main page links to three related sites: "No Flying, No Tights," the original, focuses on graphic novels for teens. "Sidekicks" looks at graphic novels for children. "The Lair" is graphic novels for adults and teens.

Reading with Pictures
"Reading With Pictures advocates for the use of comics in the classroom and beyond to promote literacy and improve educational outcomes for all students. We work with academics to cultivate groundbreaking research into the proper role of comics in education."

Secret Origins of Good Readers
This is an online resource book (available to download free) that addresses how comics can be used as an "innovative and motivating cross-curricular teaching tool." (This page links to a presentation summary; scroll down and click on the "Secret Origins" icon mid-page to begin the PDF download.)

Sequential Tart
This web zine about the comics industry provides news, interviews, articles and more about comics in general and about the influence of women in comics and graphic novels.

The Comics Get Serious: Graphic Novel Reviews
On hiaitus since 2002, this site features reviews and recommendations from D. Aviva Rothschild, author of Graphic Novels: A Bibliographic Guide to Book-Length Comics (Libraries Unlimited, 1995).


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