Three Online Resources for Librarians Learning About Comics

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For the class I am taking about comics and libraries, the course blog provides links to sixteen rich resources.  Three of these have been particularly helpful in my studies because I am new to the world of comics and graphic novels, and because I work as a public librarian serving children and teens:

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Diamond Bookshelf

This resource gem includes news, reviews, articles, and reference materials, all useful for coursework and professional tasks.  Basic comics history and a glossary are right at one’s fingertips, and the news and the lesson plans can be used in the development of library programs and events.

For more in-depth searching, there is information about publishers, reviews, an e-magazine, an e-newsletter, and kid-friendly sites.  The ordering information is a good place to start learning about vendors and comics sellers.

The book lists and reviews have been most helpful to me in readers’ advisory and collection development.  There are current lists of new and upcoming publications, bestsellers and POP lists which include formats such as film and video games.  Four seasonal lists per year include bibliographic information and summaries.  The age recommendations (Kids, Young Adults, Older Teens, and Adults) are extremely useful.  Finally, this is a helpful source for lists of comics that support the Common Core.

Comiclopedia

Comiclopedia

Lambiek, a comics store located in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), opened in 1968 and began publication of Comiclopedia in 1994.  Background information includes history and photos of the Lambiek store(s) and Lambiek-founder Kees Kousemaker.  ‘Window shopping’ in the Webshop containing comics and comics art is an educational experience in itself.  There are thousands of comics.

Accessing Comiclopedia can introduce students and librarians in the United States to the international world of comics.  News about events and exhibitions is mainly European-based, but also includes features about Americans such as Daniel Clowes and Will Eisner. Text on the site may be read in Dutch or English.

There are two reference sections which are treasure troves.  The Comics History pages list (verbatim) the thirty-seven Standards from the 1954 Comics Code Authority, and also contain information about underground comics, U. S. comic strips, and Disney comics artists from a variety of countries. The Illustrated Artists Compendium offers searchable (and fun!) access to names, bios, and sample pages from over 13,000 comics artists.

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UF – Comics Studies

At the University of Florida, the English Department is “dedicated to the teaching of comics and visual rhetoric” and publishes this website, which is like a online catalog of comics resources.  Geared toward academia, it is valuable for both students and librarians.

Some of the practical and topic-based offerings include a database of comics libraries, museums and digital resources, tools for comics creators, links to discussion groups, information about presenters and presentations at 13 comics conferences, and online galleries of comics from the late 19th and early twentieth centuries.

The site also provides free access to ImageTexT, an interdisciplinary online comics journal with eight volumes, and to COMIX-SCHOLAR L (a listserv for academic discussions).  An online comics exhibit with seventeen sections is titled Help is on the Way! Comic Books and Superheroes in Special Collections and includes an exhibit catalog.

One thought on “Three Online Resources for Librarians Learning About Comics

  1. Courtney O. says:

    These look like great resources! I haven’t had time to poke around them too much yet, but the first looks have been veery promising. Thank you for taking the time to look into these & posting!

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