Amazing Graphic Novel Reference For Libraries

By | Thursday, April 19, 2012 Leave a Comment
Salem Press is finally releasing their three-volume Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Independents & Underground Classics. It's a huge reference for many of the most important and significant graphic novels in the history of the medium. (I know it includes an entry for It Rhymes With Lust and I'm pretty sure He Done Her Wrong is in there as well.) It costs $395 but it was edited by Bart Beaty and Stephen Weiner, and I know that a lot of rigorous research went into it. I know that because I contributed several articles on it!

The essays about Alice in Sunderland, Fax from Sarajevo, Laika, My Mommy is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill and You Are Here are all by me. Which means that I almost certainly appear in the first and last books, and probably the middle one as well. Also cool (to me) is that the cover uses art from My Mommy is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill. I'm sure that had zero to do with my written contribution, but it's kind of cool that anyone who's intrigued by the cover image might jump directly to one of my essays.

Also cool is that, since these books are directed at libraries, there's a chance that my name starts showing up in their databases. I mean, technically, I'm already in there from my first book, but getting in based on the work and not on my hometown is pretty awesome.

So, hey, any of you librarians out there! See if you can this set stocked in your reference section. Great stuff to be had here! Hell, I'm going to order a set for own reference!
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