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Recommendations for the public library!

DominusDominus Registered User regular
edited September 2007 in Graphic Violence
Hello, all! I got a job fairly recently as a librarian in southern California, and have the opportunity to order, more or less, anything that I think would be good for the collection. While we're primarily looking for YA (Young Adult) materials, we're also buying for the Adult section as well. I already ordered the following:

Watchmen
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
V for Vendetta
Absolute Sandman
Dark Knight Returns


We're also looking for titles that would be good for book group discussions - I would like to use Watchmen, We3, and perhaps Civil War. Any suggestions you have would be extremely welcome.

Graphic novels are extremely popular here, and at pretty much all libraries. Any titles we get will likely reach a fairly large audience.

So what do you folks think a public library should have?

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  • Pantaley ShlopapaPantaley Shlopapa Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Animal Man, Hellboy, BPRD and Fables.

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  • augustaugust where you come from is gone Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    You hit all the major ones I'd suggest. I'd say Maus but you probably already have it.

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  • augustaugust where you come from is gone Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    The Marqis by Guy Davis.

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  • SlagmireSlagmire Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    If you don't get 100 Bullets I will lose all respect for you and hit you. Sandman Mystery Theater as well.

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    For the Young Adults section, get the Runaways hardcovers.

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  • DominusDominus Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Got one copy of BPRD, and the first several volumes of Runaways. We still need Fables, though - thanks for reminding me! We do have Maus - I forgot to mention that. I think we have one volume of 100 Bullets - I forget which.

    Any ideas on titles for discussion groups?

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  • GrifterGrifter BermudaModerator mod
    edited September 2007
    Green Lantern/Green Arrow might be good for a discussion group. Some of it comes across as a bit dated but I think a lot of the themes still ring true.

    How about Pride of Baghdad?

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  • SageinaRageSageinaRage Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Y: The last Man
    There's also a great hardcover out, The Best Comics of 2006. It's a great bunch of indy stuff, partially selected by Harvey Pekar. I'd assume the next volume is coming out sometime soon as well, I plan to pick that up.

    Also, Krazy Kat collections!

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  • CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Dominus wrote: »
    Hello, all! I got a job fairly recently as a librarian in southern California, and have the opportunity to order, more or less, anything that I think would be good for the collection. While we're primarily looking for YA (Young Adult) materials, we're also buying for the Adult section as well. I already ordered the following:

    Watchmen
    League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
    V for Vendetta
    Absolute Sandman
    Dark Knight Returns

    Nice. I'd add Batman: Year One. My nearest library has all the Sandman softcover trades, various Ultimates (But I think all of the Ultimate X-Men trades), the first Runaways and a couple of those (V and Watchmen are, IIRC, on a waiting list), but they also have some odd stuff like Sleeper v.3 (that's it. For the entire system. Bastards.) and Esssentials of a couple of characters (Hulk for sure, Ghost Rider) and also a bunch of DC stuff that I don't really pay attention to. But they also stock loose issues (yay for having all of the Planet Hulk I've read, 90% of it).

    My point being: Of course you should get the classics, but don't be a snob. Get some random stuff, too. Get Civil War. Get Essentials. Get Criminal (ooooh... get Criminal: Coward). Get the Immortal Iron Fist softcover. Go a little nuts.

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  • deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    For the Young Adults section, get the Runaways hardcovers.
    This is an absolute must.

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  • JoeUserJoeUser Forum Santa Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    My library has Promethea by Alan Moore, which I think would make for interesting discussions.

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  • The CowThe Cow Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I don't know of any comic that will sustain as much extended literary discussion as From Hell. So, that.

    Batman: Arkham Asylum is also a very good idea.

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  • GrifterGrifter BermudaModerator mod
    edited September 2007
    Oh! Lucifer would probably make for some interesting discussion.

    Also, American Virgin.

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  • RingoRingo He/Him a distinct lack of substanceRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Anything from Marvel's Ultimate line is great reading. Same with most things "Year One" or "Greatest Stories Ever Told" from DC.

    DC Elseworlds are great for discussion. Kingdom Come, Red Son, anything that turns the status quo on its head. Civil War, Illuminati, Planet Hulk, Identity Crisis, CoIE, and Infinite Crisis are also good ones.


    I'd also recommend Rising Stars, Supreme Power, and even Wanted just to round out your superhero stories.

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  • SageinaRageSageinaRage Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Oh, oh, the 9/11 Commission Report graphic novel.

    And Johnny the Homicidal Maniac!

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Death: The High Cost of Living and maybe the second one Death: The Time of Your Life (I think it's called).

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  • Bad KarmaBad Karma Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    You should try DC's Showcase Edition books.


    For less than $20 bucks, you get 500+ pages of comics. Black and white and yes, but still good stuff.

    There's also the Archive Edition books, which are more expensive at around $50 a book, and with less pages, but are in full color.

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  • Adaemus1sfAdaemus1sf Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    You should get the two Action Philosophers trades that are out. Hilarious and educational.

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  • JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Moderator mod
    edited September 2007
    Bad Karma wrote: »
    You should try DC's Showcase Edition books.


    For less than $20 bucks, you get 500+ pages of comics. Black and white and yes, but still good stuff.
    Yes. This. My local library has them and they're dogeared to fuck, and can be found laying around in all the kiddie chairs. Clearly they're being well-read. Also the Marvel Essentials: Essential X-Men, Avengers, Spider-Man, etc.

    Don't get Civil War, Crisis whatever, any of that stuff. Whatever one's opinion on it, it'll be completely meaningless to a general audience and alienating to kids.

    Y, Preacher, 100 Bullets and The Invisibles would be big hits among the teen and college set.

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  • MunchMunch Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Seven Soldiers, Top Ten, Seaguy, Tom Strong, Authority, Planetary, Alan Moore's Supreme, and DMZ are all great books that also have enough depth and subtext in them to merit some interesting discussion. Personal favorites that are just fun, cool comics include Invincible (buy the hardcovers), Brit, Secret Identity, All Star Superman, Formerly Known as Justice League, I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League, and Grant Morrison's entire run on JLA.

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  • CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I'm gonna step out into the line of fire and say Preacher is not quite appropriate for a public library.

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  • GrifterGrifter BermudaModerator mod
    edited September 2007
    I'm gonna step out into the line of fire and say Preacher is not quite appropriate for a public library.

    Because...

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  • JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Moderator mod
    edited September 2007
    I'm gonna step out into the line of fire and say Preacher is not quite appropriate for a public library.

    Have you...have you read much stuff from the library?

    EDIT: Ulysses, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Anais Nin, Anne Rice, The Canterbury fucking Tales, jesus cockshitting christ you have got to be kidding.

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    If they allow people to check out The Bible, then they can allow people to check out Preacher.

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  • robocop is bleedingrobocop is bleeding Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I wouldn't get the Absolutes - those things would be destroyed in a few days, thus needing repair or replacement and they're hella pricey.

    Look into local bindery services to help protect your soft cover graphic novels. A section of softcovers together on the shelf will slide all over the place, especially if you get a bunch of the Essentials and Showcase reprints (as you should). Library binding (based on the binder we use here in the Northeast) should be about 10-12 bucks a novel and would save you the cost of replacement. You could even get multiple slim graphic novels and have them bound together.

    Also, Astro City.

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  • DominusDominus Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    If they allow people to check out The Bible, then they can allow people to check out Preacher.


    Actually, I really don't have a problem with getting Preacher - I think it's a good idea, and will put it on the list. Libraries are very much in favor of intellectual freedom, and while I might have to put it in the Adult section rather than Young Adult, I see no problem with carrying it.

    Incidentally, I forgot about Goon - I got the first couple of trades to see if they would be popular. I hope so, as it's one of my favorite titles.

    Great idea on the Essentials by the way, jacobkosh. Also, Bad Karma - which Showcase editions would you suggest?

    Yeah, our Absolute Sandman is wearing out quickly. Damn publishers these days need to bind their books better. The same thing happened with our copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - they'd get checked out once, and have chunks of pages falling out.

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  • DMACDMAC Come at me, bro! Moderator mod
    edited September 2007
    There's a hardcover collection of The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born coming out this fall. Would probably appeal to people who have read King's novels as well as acting as a gateway to the novels for new readers.

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  • KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Hmm most of what I'd recommend has already been said. Anyone mention Transmetropolitan yet?

    Batman: Long Halloween & Dark Victory.

    Justice.

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Casanova Luxuria is awesome. I do not think there is a collection other than that hardcover, but it is only 20 bucks, and you can probably have library super-bound for about 10 bucks.

    For the young adult/all ages section, I would suggest Scott Pilgrim. Sharknife too.

    Morrison's Doom Patrol, Invisibles, Animal Man, and the Filth.

    Magnus Robot Fighter is pretty awesome, but feels a bit dated and weird.

    You really can't go wrong with Hellboy and BPRD. Just make sure to get the books in order, especially the BPRD stuff, as continuity is kind of important. There are also some Hellboy-universe prose novels that I enjoyed reading a couple of years ago. I can't remember titles... Maybe Bones of Giants?

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  • CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    If they allow people to check out The Bible, then they can allow people to check out Preacher.

    Well, the Bible has some redeeming value, first of all.

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    If they allow people to check out The Bible, then they can allow people to check out Preacher.

    Well, the Bible has some redeeming value, first of all.
    Man, the library isn't there to determine morality or decide what you may or may not read.
    They are there to provide stuff to read and let you decide to read it or not.

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  • RingoRingo He/Him a distinct lack of substanceRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Bone?

    Bone.


    Get Bone.

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  • JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Moderator mod
    edited September 2007
    Dominus: here's another suggestion. Go to http://www.comicrelief.net/ and give a phone call to my man Rory Root - he's the owner. Tell him Jacob from the V sent you. One of his specialties is working with library buyers (especially in California) to help them get their graphic novel sections off the ground; he can give you tons of advice tailored to your needs and your budget.

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  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Also, definitely get the manga sized versions of Power Pack, Runaways, and Amazing Spider-Girl. Oh, and the Marvel Adventures line is pretty good stuff and kid friendly.

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  • CharmyCharmy Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Ringo wrote: »
    Bone?

    Bone.


    Get Bone.

    Seconded. You wouldn't believe how popular "Bone" is with people. I've tried getting volumes from my local library only to find waitlists 40 people long.

    For comparison, I've never seen any other graphic novel with a waitlist of more than 6 people.

    Also, pick up all three "Animal Man" volumes. The world could use more Buddy Baker.

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  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    edited September 2007
    I'd suggest Marvels and 1602. Both are self-contained and just about perfect for a library checkout (I know, that's how I first read both of them). I don't know if the Escapists has been collected, but it's fantastic.

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  • MunchMunch Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Oh, if Flight hasn't been mentioned yet, definitely look into getting the three (or is it four now?) volumes out. It's an anthology title made up of numerous short stories, each with a different tone, and art style. I think volumes one and two are the best.

    Also, Creature Tech and Daisy Kutter, who are both done by contributors to Flight, are fantastic all-ages reads.

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  • CharmyCharmy Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I'd suggest Marvels and 1602. Both are self-contained and just about perfect for a library checkout (I know, that's how I first read both of them). I don't know if the Escapists has been collected, but it's fantastic.

    There's an Escapist book made up of short stories by different writers and authors, meant to serve as highlights from his "decades" as a character. Interestingly enough, I got it from my Public Library and it turned out to be great.

    As for Brian K. Vaughan's Escapist run, I have no idea. I haven't seen it collected anywhere, but of course that doesn't mean much.

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  • Octopus MelodyOctopus Melody Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I'd recommend Castle Waiting by Linda Medley. I think it'd be a great addition to any library. It'd appeal to lots of different people too.

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  • InterpreterInterpreter Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Rex Libris

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