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    Graphic Novelsorjust Comics?
    ELE 616Research in Children's Literature
  2. 2. Graphic Novels--or Just Comics?
    What is a Graphic Novel?
    WordNet:a lexical database for the English language
    Define graphic?
    S: (adj) graphic, graphical, in writing (written or drawn or engraved) "graphic symbols"
    S: (adj) graphic (describing nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail) "graphic sexual scenes"
    S: (adj) graphic (of or relating to the graphic arts) "the etchings, drypoints, lithographs, and engravings which together form his graphic work"- British Book News
    S: (adj) graphic, graphical (relating to or presented by a graph) "a graphic presentation of the data"
    S: (adj) graphic, lifelike, pictorial, vivid (evoking lifelike images within the mind) "pictorial poetry and prose"; "graphic accounts of battle"; "a lifelike portrait"; "a vivid description"
  3. 3. Graphic Novels--or Just Comics?
    What is a Graphic Novel?
    Suddenly a totally new genre is every where we look. Is a graphic novel a comic book? Yes, sort of, not quite. It looks like a comic book, sort of.
    Is it a "novel?" Yes, because it tells a fictional story of some length.
    What makes it "graphic?" Well, a great deal of the story is told by the pictures, the graphics. Which makes graphic novels a new way to read.
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    Define Graphic Novel?
    graphic novel
    A term coined by Will Eisner to describe his semi-autobiographicalnovelA Contract with God (1978), written and illustrated in comic book style, the first work in a new genre that presents an extended narrative as a continuous sequence of pictorial images printed in color and arranged in panel-to-panel format, with dialogue given in captions or enclosed in balloons.. . . This new literary form is viewed with suspicion by traditionalists who regard it as a marketing ploy aimed at attracting adultreaders to comic books by removing the stigma attached to them. Click here to connect to the Yahoo! list of graphic novel Web sites. See also: fotonovela.
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    A Contract With God?
    A Contract With God and Other Tenement Stories
    This collection of four stories takes us back to the Bronx of the 1930s as seen through Eisner's own eyes, when tenement blocks were crammed with European immigrants jostling their way to a better life.
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    Another pioneering graphic novel
    Maus: A Survivor's Tale
    a memoir presented as a graphic novel by Art Spiegelman. It recounts Spiegelman's father's struggle to survive the Holocaust as a PolishJew and draws largely on his father's recollections of events he personally experienced. The book also follows the author's troubled relationship with his father and the way the effects of war reverberate through generations of a family. In 1992 it won a Pulitzer Prize Special Award.
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    Arent they just book-length comics?
    Graphic novels represent a format, rather than a genre.
    Comics are presented in a format defined as sequential art thus the panels, the text bubbles, and all of the usual trademarks of your local newspapers comic strips. In terms of genre, remember that while superhero tales traditionally dominated the comics industry in the U.S., today's graphic novels range into every possible genre, from literary fiction to memoir to fantasy.
    More Than Words: Graphic Novels in Kentucky's Libraries.Graphic Novels: Where to Start? By Robin Brenner
  8. 8. Benefits of graphic novels?
    Benefits of reading and using graphic novels include, but are not limited to, sequencing and showing dialogue between characters. Most importantly, graphic novels can hook reluctant readers into becoming interested and enthusiastic readers.
    Graphic Novels--or Just Comics?
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    Useful Resources byMichele Gorman
    Getting Graphic! Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy with Preteens and Teensby Michele GormanLinworth, 2003
    Graphic Novels Rule! The Latest and Greatest for Young Kids: The latest and greatest comics for young kids By Michele Gorman -- School Library Journal, 3/1/2008
  10. 10. Other resources fromMichele
    Graphic Novels--or Just Comics?
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    Graphic Novels for Young Adults
    No Flying, No Tights
    Why is this site here?I just want to broadcast my opinions to the world! Actually, no -- I decided to create a page devoted to graphic novel reviews specifically for those who read them the most -- mainly teens -- and for those who might be involved in distributing them to teens -- namely teachers, librarians, and parents.
    Robin Brenner, by day a mild-mannered library technician at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, Massachusetts
    See alsoGraphic Novels 101: FAQ
  12. 12. But thats for teens!This ones for younger kids!
    This site is specifically devoted to presenting graphic novel reviews for kids and those who work with them, including librarians, teachers, and parents. It used to be that comics were, generally, for kids -- but this is no longer true! In today's comics, the stories are most often aimed at adults and teens, and there are fewer and fewer titles for kids. Thus, the creation of this site to help you all navigate the murky waters of comic book stores and graphic novel sections to make sure you're getting what's right for you!
    Graphic Novels--or Just Comics?
  13. 13. For a young child to read a graphic novel, much less a wordless one, many essential literacy skills are required, including the ability to understand a sequence of events, interpret characters nonverbal gestures, discern the storys plot, and make inferences. Best of all, these skills dont merely apply to Owly or to graphic novels. They are the critical skills that govern all reading comprehension, making Bryonnas triumph with Owly into a lesson that has also helped her with other reading materials.
    Graphic Novels--or Just Comics?
  14. 14. Owly?
    Owly Comics!
    Owly is a kind, yet lonely, little owl who knows what it means to be human. Relying on a mixture of symbols and expressions,these animated and heartwarming tales are a perfect read for all ages.
    Graphic Novels--or Just Comics?
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  17. 17. Pinky and Stinky?
    Creator: James Kochalka
    The story: Pinky and Stinky are two piglets on a mission to Pluto. Space is a dangerous place, however, and their rocket is hit by an asteroid, forcing them to crash land on the moon.
    See Review by Christine
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  18. 18. Buzzboy?
    Meet Buzzboy...the World's most upbeat super hero! Drawn in the style of the "Adventures" animated TV series, Buzzboy is chock-full of action, humor, and overall weirdness that makes it just good, free-for-all fun.
    Graphic Novels--or Just Comics?
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    Bone: a classic
    No Bones About It
    A TIME top ten graphic novel
    Bone combines the humor and look of early Disney movies with the scope of the Lord of the Rings cycle. Smith draws characters that are both cute and scary, infusing every panel with dynamic energy. The best all-ages novel yet published in this medium, while children will read Bone for its breathless adventure and sight gags, older kids and adults will appreciate the themes of blind fanaticism and corrupting power.
    All-TIME Graphic Novels
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    Amy Unbounded
    Amy of EddybrookLodge
    Amy Unbounded chronicles the adventures and misadventures of nine-year-old Amy of Eddybrook in the medieval queendom of Goredd. Her father is a weaver, her mother's a barbarian clockmaker, and as for Amy herself... well the word "silly" comes to mind. So does "rambunctious." Sometimes she wishes she were a knight, other times a famous bombarde player, a scholar, or explorer. Her big imagination occasionally gets her in trouble, but just as often gets her right back out of it.
    See also *Amy Unbounded: Belondweg Blossoming Recommended
  21. 21. Native American graphics
    Graphic Novels--or Just Comics?
    Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws is for the young and the young at heart. This series is set in 1750s colonized North America and features the comical adventures of two brothers, Rabbit and Bear Paws. Using Traditional Native Teachings and humour, the stories are based on THE SEVEN FIRES PROPHECIES and THE SEVEN GRANDFATHERS.
  22. 22. Nonfiction in graphic format
    Graphic Novels, Seriously
    Despite their nascent popularity, graphic novels are often still typecast as hewing only to the superhero plot line, invoking the male power fantasy. While fantasy is still a mainstay of the genre, the scope and diversity of the graphic novel has broadened to include much more sophisticated subject matter, including nonfiction, biography, and compelling narratives melded from on-the-ground reporting and research from some of the world's latest war-torn and traumatized regions.
    Evan St. Lifer -- School Library Journal, 8/1/2002
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    Clan Apis
    is the biography a honey bee named Nyuki. Written and drawn by biologist Jay Hosler, this story explores an elaborate insect society. Nyuki has a lot to learn about life in the hive and not much time to do it. But, with help of her sister Dvorah, a dung beetle named Sisyphus and a sarcastic flower named Bloomington, she might have a chance to figure it all out.
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    HOWTOONS! This is a How-To Graphic Book--I guess not a novel.
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    A graphic novel publisher
    So, what the heck is Oni Press?
    Oni Press, Inc. was founded in 1997 by Joe Nozemack and Bob Schreck with the goal of publishing the kinds of comics and graphic novels they themselves would want to read. Unsatisfied with the material that was dominating the industry, the men believed firmly that sequential art could be used to tell virtually any story.
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    An Oni series
    Barry Ween(Series)
    Meet Barry Ween, the smartest living human. What does a ten-year-old boy do with a 350 I.Q.? Anything he wants. Cranky, egotistical, arrogant, and foul-mouthed, Barry wants to conduct his experiments and be left alone, but it never seems to work out. Hurdles that Barry must outmaneuver range from time warps, to art thieves, to accidentally turning his best friend into a dinosaur.
    Meet the Gang | Preview the IssuesFind Out Why Everyone Loves Barry Ween!
  27. 27. Graphic Library
    Nonfiction Graphic History and Biography Books for Grades 3-9
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    Review from
    Through The Looking Glass Childrens Book Review
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    What is Manga?
    Manga can be roughly translated as "comic books", in reality it is a much more complex subject. Manga can include almost every subject imaginable from funny stories to serious literature. Technical manuals and even legal case histories have been released in manga format. Looking at some books about manga, especially those of Frederik Schodt, will probably be the best way to understand this unique form of publishing.
    Anime and Manga Terminology
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    What about anime?
    What is anime?(ah-nee-may, is one way to romanize the pronunciation)
    Anime, as defined by common fan usage, is simply any animation that is made in Japan for a Japanese audience. In Japan the word simply means any animation made anywhere in the world. Commercial anime dates back to 1917. Modern anime dates from the 1960s with the work of Osamu Tezuka, best known in the U.S. for "Astro Boy", Tetsuwan Atom in the original Japanese.
    Anime and Manga Terminology
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    Who reads manga?
    R.O.D. Read or Die Preview the Manga here!
    60% are female
    While comics feature 50-year-old superheroes who appeal to boys, manga in the U.S. is often created by women for women of all ages.. . . The 11-to-21-year-old market is huge, says CEO [of Tokyopop, the largest U.S.-owned creator and licensor of manga] Jane Friedman, who predicts steady growth for the category.
    America is Drawn to Manga: Why girls--and publishers--love Japan's comics By COCO MASTERS
    Posted Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006
  31. 31. Manga for Boys
    Shonen manga literally means "comics for boys." The genre includes action-packed, dramatic and humorous stories about sports, adventure, superheroes and sci-fi. These comics are primarily written to appeal to males between the ages of 8 to 18, but its appeal doesnt stop there: Many girls, young adults and businessmen regularly buy, read and enjoy shonenmanga series such as Naruto, Bleach and Slam Dunk.
    Introduction to ShonenManga
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    Graphics Oscars
    The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards:
    The Awards are given out in more than two dozen categories covering the best publications and creators of the previous year (such as Best Short Story, Best Graphic Album, Best Writer, and so on). The finalists on the ballot are selected by a blue- ribbon committee that considers thousands of entries submitted by publishers and creators. The nominees are then voted on by all parts of the comic book industry: writers, artists, and other creators; publishers; editors; and retailers and distributors.
    The "Oscars" of Comics Eisner Awards Winners for 2006
  33. 33. 2009 Eisner Winner
    Best Publication for Kids:
    Tiny Titans, by Art Baltazar and Franco (DC)
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    Harveys Comics Awards
    The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. The Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories, ranging from Best Artist to the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame. They are the only industry awards both nominated by and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.
    Harvey Bio
  35. 35. 2007 Harvey Award Winner
    Moomin: The Complete ToveJanssonComic Strip
    Graphic Novels--or Just Comics?
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    The Ignatz Awards, named for the character in the classic comic strip Krazy Kat by George Herriman, is a festival prize that recognizes outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.
  37. 37. Outstanding Online ComicYear of the Rat, Cayetano Garza
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    What is the value of graphic novels?
    Graphic novels make a difference
    Most of the present focus on graphic novels in relation to libraries highlights their unique ability to encourage reluctant readers to pick up the written word. Graphic novels make 'a bridge between words and ideas, pictures and stories' (101 best graphic novels by Stephen Weiner, p10). Rather than being faced with a page filled with unfamiliar words the hesitant reader is exposed to pictures that help tell a story and connections are made between those pictures and the abstract concepts that words can tell.
    Inger Fountain, Sealight Books,inCite: December 2003: feature
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    Just like real books
    Shouldnt kids read real books?
    . . ., graphic novels offer the same benefits of regular books: introducing young people to new vocabulary, book language, and stories and information to teach them about their world and spark their imaginations. In fact, Stephen Weiner reports that researchers concluded that the average graphic novel introduced readers to twice as many words as the average childrens book1 and Francisca Goldsmith points out that the kind of abstraction that competent and comfortable text reading requires is also demanded by the graphic novel.2