Help me educate the public! (Comic Book/Graphic Novel Suggestions)

AibynAibyn Registered User regular
edited June 2009 in Graphic Violence
Good afternoon all!

I am currently working at my local library and I am some what in charge of the graphic novel/comic book section.

After reviewing what we had and what was available, I have discovered that our collection is mighty underwhemling.

So...what I'd like, if you all are able, is to suggest your favorite trade paper backs, and/or story arc that caught your eye.

Here are the ones I've come up with:


Swamp Thing Vol. 1: Saga of the Swamp Thing
Alan Moore 978-0930289225

X-Men: The Dark Phoenix SagaChris Claremont 978-0785122135

Books of Magic, The: Bindings - Book 1 (DC Comics Vertigo)
Jane Yolen 978-1563891878

Planetary Vol. 1: All Over the World and Other Stories
Warren Ellis 978-1563896484

Animal Man, Book 1 - Animal ManGrant Morrison 978-1563890055

Powers Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?Brian Michael Bendis 978-1582401836

Green Lantern: RebirthGeoff Johns 978-1401204655

Young Justice: Sins of Youth
Peter David 978-1563897481

Immortal Iron Fist, Vol. 1: The Last Iron Fist Story (v. 1)
Ed Brubaker 978-0785124894

Lucifer Vol. 1: Devil in the Gateway Mike Carey 978-1563897337

Flash, Book 1: Blood Will Run
Geoff Johns 978-1401216474

Cable/Deadpool Vol. 1: If Looks Could KillFabian Nicieza
978-0785113744

Hitman Garth Ennis 978-1563893148

Justice League International: Volume 1 Keith Giffen 978-1401216665

The Starman Omnibus, Vol. 1 James Robinson 978-1401216993

Madman Volume 1 (v. 1) Mike Allred 978-1582408101

Rapunzel's Revenge Shannon Hale 978-1599900704

Thor, Vol. 1 (v. 1)J. Michael Straczynski 978-0785117223

Sinfest Volume 1Tatsuya Ishida 978-1595823199

Attack of the Bacon Robots (Penny Arcade, Vol. 1)
Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik 978-1593074449

TransmetropolitianWarren Ellis Any really, as all we have are #1 and 9 of the tpb’s.

Marvel Zombies: Dead Days TPBRobert Kirkman 978-0785135630


Thanks and have a good day!

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  • SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    No Pride of Bagdad? Meh... some library...

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  • noir_bloodnoir_blood Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    WE3, Fables, Runaways, Y the Last Man.

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  • AibynAibyn Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Excellent suggestions so far! I think we have the Baghdad one.

    Mainly what I need/want are favorite stories that have already been collected so I can present the orders to the purchasing dept with little to no fuss needed to obtain the books. Hence all the tpb and other collections.

    I appreciate all the help!

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  • TexiKenTexiKen Elite Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Batman: Detective

    Batman: Death and the City

    Batman: Private Casebook

    Batman: Heart of Hush

    And every Fable book out there, there's like 17 of them

    Also, Grant Morrison's New X-Men trades

    And I guess all the Buffy trades, since all those Twilight vampires will need something else to emo out on *snip snip snap*

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  • MunchMunch Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    I'd also throw in, in no particular order:

    All Star Superman
    Batman: The Long Halloween
    Batman: Year One
    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
    Planet Hulk
    The Authority
    Green Lantern Corps: Recharge
    DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore
    Tom Strong
    Promethea
    Top 10
    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
    Brian Bendis's first Daredevil TPB or hardcover
    Green Arrow: Quiver
    Green Arrow: Sounds of Violence
    Frank Miller's Daredevil books
    Martha Washington
    Denny O'Neil's The Question
    Criminal by Ed Brubaker
    some of Jason's stuff
    Won Ton Soup
    King City
    Y the Last Man
    Ex Machina
    Runaways
    Blue Pills
    Batman: Year 100
    Heavy Liquid
    Local
    DMZ
    Demo
    Iron Man: Extremis
    Ultimate Spider-Man
    Ultimates
    Welcome to Tranquility
    Boneyard
    Thor by James Straczynski
    Captain America by Ed Brubaker
    New Avengers
    Mighty Avengers
    Civil War
    Secret Invasion
    Crisis on Infinite Earths
    Marvels
    Kingdom Come
    Some Marvel Adventures Avengers/Spider-Man/Iron Man/Hulk

    Oh, and then a shitload of manga. In my experience working at a library, all the titles I listed above will circulate pretty well. A lot of twenty-somethings read Brian Michael Vaughan, Brian Wood, and Alan Moore, and the superhero stuff circulates pretty well with adolescent or teen boys, as well as some adults. But manga will get a lot of teenagers, both boys and girls, and since they're dirt cheap, they're a pretty good investment on the library's part.

    If the comics circulate well, then I'd branch out to some more obscure or European stuff, like Blacksad, anything by Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, some Hope Larson stuff, the Minx books, Popgun Anthology, some 2000 A.D., Metal Hurlant, some stuff by Soleil or Humanoids Publishing, etc. just to round out your collection.

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  • cwapfobrainscwapfobrains Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    The Surrogates might be a good one to pick up, since there is a movie coming out soon.

    And a second on the Fables, great series with pretty much universal appeal.

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  • deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Scott Pilgrim

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  • ZybulZybul Registered User
    edited June 2009
    Here's a quick 20 "American Comics" and 5 "Manga" titles you might want to look into (Some of these are repeats, but I'm including them in the links because of their significance and me wanting to re-emphasize them):

    1.) Conan Volume 1: The Frost Giant's Daughter And Other Stories
    2.) Conan Vol. 2: The God in the Bowl and Other Stories
    3.) Conan Vol. 3: The Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories
    4.) Conan Vol. 4: The Hall of the Dead and Other Stories
    5.) Frank Miller's 300 (HC)
    6.) Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
    7.) Batman: The Long Halloween
    8.) Spiderman: Blue
    9.) Daredevil: Yellow
    10.) Hulk: Grey
    11.) Danger Girl
    12.) Invincible
    13.) Hellboy
    14.) Watchmen
    15.) The Ultimates Omnibus
    16.) PVP: Awesomology
    17.) Penny Arcade
    18.) WANTED
    19.) Kingdom Come
    20.) Maus

    Manga and/or translated works:
    1.) Lucha Libre
    2.) Grey
    3.) Ghost in the Shell
    4.) Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight
    5.) Vampire Hunter D (The Novels)

    ... Technically the D books are novels, but they feature Yoshitaka Amano's art throughout. And honestly, 1 and 3 are significant as they were "translated" to the original D and D Bloodlust movies. And although not comics, I think George R.R. Martin's Wildcard series would be another "gateway" for kids to get interested in reading and the public to get interested in comics. I purposefully shied away from "mainstream" comics because most of them are either tied to years of continuity or inconsistent in their quality.

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  • SuicaLoveSuicaLove Registered User
    edited June 2009
    What no mention of The Sandman? That is the one comic book series I will not loan to friends... the books are just too precious to me. And I echo all the calls for Fables. I'm totally in love with that too.

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  • bigwillchbigwillch Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    I think for a library it'd be great to get some Concrete comics in there. They are a great example of very sophisticated story telling and characterization in comics, despite the premise (about a guy who gets put in a concrete body by aliens) making you expect a typical superhero story.

    There is a huge amount of research and attention to detail put into all the Concrete books, and the stories are very touching. It's a good title to try and convince people who look down their noses at the comic medium to take it more seriously.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concrete_(comics)


    Also, how about getting Understanding Comics by Scott Mcloud in there. I discovered that book in a library and it blew my mind. Another good one for showing people the depth that comics can have.

    Oh, and you should get the Flaming Carrot books as well. Because they are the greatest comics ever made.

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  • SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Maus

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  • Robos A Go GoRobos A Go Go Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Yeah, don't forget the Marvel Adventures books along with the Mary Jane digests and Spider-Man <3's Mary Jane.

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  • ZybulZybul Registered User
    edited June 2009
    bigwillch wrote: »
    Also, how about getting Understanding Comics by Scott Mcloud in there. I discovered that book in a library and it blew my mind. Another good one for showing people the depth that comics can have.

    Seconded.

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Wanted is a fucking awful book.
    I don't know how things work at your library, but some of these books have a lot of "mature" content, gore and titties and whatnot, so make sure you don't lose your job.

    I was really impressed with Robotika. I think it is currently out of print, but Devil's Due is supposedly reprinting it some time.

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  • ZybulZybul Registered User
    edited June 2009
    This does bring up a very good point... because Graphic Novels are, well, graphic, you're going to have some issues with stocking Robert E. Howard's Conan books as opposed to the graphic novels of the relaunched Dark Horse series. Seriously, Conan leaves geysers of blood behind at times and many times the ladies are scantily clad - while this is surely in the vein of portraying a pulpy dark fantasy world, it's something that you wouldn't necessarily put in the hands of every kid (just like the original books). The difference is now someone can pick it up, see a picture (less effort then reading) and be offended.

    So it begs the question - does your library treat the comic books as a kids section, a teen section, or differently? Books like Conan, Maus, and even Pride of Baghdad, are definitely not "regular old comic books" - they deal with some sensitive topics and gruesome images.

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Yeah, if you are going to buy this much stuff, I hope your library has a policy on age-appropriate material. If not, some parent will freak the hell out at something (nasty cross-hatched boning in League, for example) and you will probably lose your job and there will be a parents' group up in arms rallying against your library.

    Hellboy is really good stuff. Again, pretty dark and bleak, not really a good idea for an all-ages section, but really really great. Hellboy and the related titles actually get tons better with every year too, so there is that.

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  • MarMar Registered User
    edited June 2009
    I think that any comic collection that does not include The Sandman by Neil Gaiman is seriously lacking. Just make sure about age limits, because that has sex, drugs, and violence. I would also look into Marvel's Essential collections. They take the original releases of such classics as spiderman, xmen, etc. and place them in a large book. Also, a must have is Neil Gaiman's 1602. It has to be one of the most intresting turn on classic marvel characters I've seen and on the plus side it's safer for the kiddies.

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  • MunchMunch Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Yeah, if you are going to buy this much stuff, I hope your library has a policy on age-appropriate material. If not, some parent will freak the hell out at something (nasty cross-hatched boning in League, for example) and you will probably lose your job and there will be a parents' group up in arms rallying against your library.

    Hellboy is really good stuff. Again, pretty dark and bleak, not really a good idea for an all-ages section, but really really great. Hellboy and the related titles actually get tons better with every year too, so there is that.

    At the place where I work, we have adult, young adult, and juvenile comic sections. It's a pretty cool setup actually.

    Still, every day I come in and find out that some parent hasn't lost their shit because they caught their kid reading Empowered, LoEG, some schoolgirl fetish manga, Identity Crisis, or a ton of other comics featuring nudity and violence, I'm kind of surprised. But then, I'd probably just counter by pointing out the enormous section of art books featuring nudity, or all the romance and "gangsta love" books that have graphic descriptions of sex.

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    edited June 2009
    The local library seems to have a few comics. I haven't spent much time there lately.

    Aqua Leung is a really cool book that is probably fine for 10+.
    The two Amazon reviews are terrible. I wish I could find my copy to write a proper review. Too many comix in too small of an apartment.

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  • BrentonRyanBrentonRyan Registered User
    edited June 2009
    Munch had a pretty good list up there. Don't forget some Eisner, at least the Contract With God trilogy and the best of The Spirit, and his book on making comis, too. I'm trying to remember what else we had at the library I worked at...honestly, maybe it was just my town, but most of the stuff that wasn't manga was largely ignored. I was probably the only person to check out some of the random European books we had. The French authors did OK though for some reason, so get some Joann Sfar, like the Rabbi's Cat 1 & 2, maybe look up Lewis Trondheim.

    Make sure you get the ones that have achieved some sort of decoration in the industry or in the press. Some of them have already been mentioned: Maus, Persepolis, Jimmy Corrigan (ANYTHING by Chris Ware), Sandman, of course all the Alan Moore stuff, Craig Thompson's Blankets, Hellboy, some Harvey Pekar...I could go on. Ooh, anything that P. Craig Russell has done, like his adaptations of operas and mythology.

    Also look into some of the classic stuff from early in the days of comics, like Krazy Kat and Little Nemo, and the archives of later syndicated greats like the Peanuts books, Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side, etc. Also maybe some of the more well-known underground comics of the 70s and 80s like R. Crumb and Lynda Barry.

    Random stuff...the new adaptations of Stephen King's Dark Tower series seemed to be rather popular, as did that entire "Graphic Classics" series that had various folks illustrating the works of Poe, Lovecraft, Wells, Wilde, and others. People already mentioned stuff like Sinfest and PA, you could also get the PvP books, and maybe even Sam Brown's explodingdog books. Get all the Warren Ellis you can possibly find. Ooh, the Flight anthologies! MUST haves! Oh and Bone, lots of kids loved that and so did I. We had a lot of Hellblazer too. The Cerebus collections did well. Grab a few Doug TenNapel books, too. Also, start grabbing all sorts of Star Wars books from Dark Horse, the kids will go apeshit over that.

    As far as worrying about content, make sure your superiors are aware that graphic novels are a medium and not an age-specific genre; they can and do contain ANYTHING. Basically say whatever you need to say so that if any parent objects to her kid reading some Sin City it's up to the manager or executive director to explain themselves, and not you defending yourself to your manager or exexutive director. If the library you work at is any descent sort of library, and your executive director has even half a brain, it'll defend itself to the death: libraries are neutral archives of information, they DO NOT take a moral stance on what they offer (i.e. pander to anyone) unless provoked by law (child pornography, etc.). When I was given control of our graphic novel collection, I expressed my own hesitations concerning this, but then generally got the picture; it's the job of the parent to police what their kids read and my executive wasn't gonna take crap from anyone saying otherwise. If your library doesn't have this sort of backbone, then they should stop calling themselves a public library.

    Now, once that's taken care of, you can maybe even do something yourself to educate the library-going public, depending on what sort of control you have. I had always had in mind to create a poster/display in my section detailing the history of the comic art form and explaining the fact that comics are a medium and not a genre, and that they can contain any genre - mystery, SF, romance, fantasy, biography, history, drama, etc. I ended up leaving before I got a chance to do it, but something like that would be a great way to get people who don't normally pay attention to comics to start paying attention by saying that there's something for everyone. Then readership and circulation will go up, and you'll get a bigger budget for the collection next year. :D

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  • ManonvonSuperockManonvonSuperock Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    The local library seems to have a few comics. I haven't spent much time there lately.

    Aqua Leung is a really cool book that is probably fine for 10+.
    The two Amazon reviews are terrible. I wish I could find my copy to write a proper review. Too many comix in too small of an apartment.

    shit those previews look good.

    the art looks like rice boy a little a bit, but the content looks more entertaining.

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  • CorporateLogoCorporateLogo The toilet knows how I feelRegistered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Oh and Bone, lots of kids loved that and so did I. We had a lot of Hellblazer too. The Cerebus collections did well.

    While Bone is indeed awesome, I would probably avoid Cerebus, especially everything after issue #185.

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  • Robos A Go GoRobos A Go Go Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Oh and Bone, lots of kids loved that and so did I. We had a lot of Hellblazer too. The Cerebus collections did well.

    While Bone is indeed awesome, I would probably avoid Cerebus, especially everything after issue #185.

    Hey, kids gotta learn how crazy and evil women are sometime, right?

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