Monday, June 12, 2017

Help us decide the top 10 Graphic Novels of 2016!

Please submit your vote for our SIG's list of the Top 10 Most Notable Graphic Novels of 2016. Our final list will be shared through the ARLIS/NA listserv, here on our site, and in our Facebook Group to help fellow (art) information professionals strengthen their own collections and for anyone interested! 

The poll should only take a few minutes and will not collect any personal identifying information. Please complete the poll by June 28 at 5:00PM EDT. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your help!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Graphic Novels SIG Meeting Presentations & Agenda for ARLIS/NA 2017 Conference

Please join us for the Graphic Novels Special Interest Group meeting at the 2017 ARLIS/NA conference in New Orleans! Our meeting will take place on Sunday, February 5 from 3:00 to 4:00 in the Newberry Room.*  

*Please note: the print schedule may list the incorrect time/room. 

Our tentative agenda:
·  Introductions
·  Discussion about the SIG's name
·  Proposal to create a Top 10 Comics of 2017 list
·  Open floor discussion
·  Presentation: Caitlin McGurk (Associate Curator and Assistant Professor at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum) will be presenting a recently published article in New Review of Academic Librarianship titled "Communicating the Value of Cartoon Art Across University Classrooms: Experiences From the Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum."
·  Presentation: Christopher Harter (Director of Library and Reference Services, Amistad Research Center, Tulane University) will be presenting about the collections at the Amistad Research Center and recent activities.
·  Questions and Discussion 

Add our meeting to your official ARLIS/NA schedule: 

And connect with us on Facebook:

 Thanks to Andrew Wang, Co-Coordinator of our ARLIS/NA Graphic Novels SIG for hosting our meeting in New Orleans!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Graphic Novels SIG Meeting Presentations & Agenda for ARLIS/NA + VRA 2016 Conference

Here is the information and agenda for our upcoming meeting at the ARLIS/NA + VRA 3rd Joint Conference in Seattle, WA. Hope to see you there!

Andrew Wang is now Co-coordinator of the Graphic Novels SIG. And if you haven’t seen our new Facebook Group page, please check it out and feel free to post to it!

When: Wednesday March 9, 2016, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Where: Baker Room The Seattle Westin 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101

  • Presentations:
Topic: User Needs for Art Library Comic Collections
Presenter: Andrew Wang, Student and Library Assistant, Indiana University
Duration: 15 minutes
Although comic collections have become more prevalent in academic libraries, little research has been conducted on the needs of their users in art libraries. This presentation will summarize a series of interviews conducted in 2015. The information provided by two studio professors from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and two members of the art history department from Indiana University will shed light on this specific user group's research needs and behavior. This will inform librarians to reassess and, hopefully, better utilize their own library's collections.

Topic: Graphic Novel/Comic Collections and the Opportunities They Present for Unique Collection Development, Collaboration, Outreach, and Events
Presenter: Tara Spies Smith, Research Instruction and Outreach Librarian and Subject Area Librarian for Art & Design Librarian, Anthropology, Communication Studies, and Journalism & Mass Communications, Alkek Library, Texas State University.
Duration: 15 minutes

Creating an isolated graphic novel collection can create opportunities for collaboration and outreach to faculty, students, and others. This presentation will cover how a graphic novel collection in a university library serving 37,979 students provides many opportunities for increased usage, promotion of the library, exhibits, and events.

  • Questions about presentations
  • Discussion of new Graphic Novels Facebook Group
  • Discussion of contacting publishers to attend our Exhibits Area
  • Other announcements
  • Questions

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Facebook Group for our ARLIS/NA Graphic Novels SIG!

We now have a Facebook Group for our ARLIS/NA Graphic Novels SIG!

It is a public group. I have already added members who are comics artists and graphic novelists so you can invite anyone who might be interested, they do not have to be in our group or a member of ARLIS/NA to share and discuss with us. This is to facilitate a broad discussion of the genre and open doors to event/presenter possibilities.

Please share any graphic novels & comics related news/art, library related or not, with the group.


Friday, March 6, 2015

ARLIS/NA 2015 Graphic Novels SIG Conference Meeting

Our meeting at the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas will be on March 21st from 11-12 in the Sundance 5 Room(Omni Fort Worth Hotel 1300 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102)

I tried  to find someone to come and talk to us about how to plan a comics festival, but alas, I did not find anyone. If you know of someone that would like to come to our meeting to talk about this topic this year or next, please let me know! This will definitely be an agenda item.

Please send any agenda items you have to me at

If you have any questions or would like to know about how to post to our blog, please let me know! It can be about anything graphic novel or comics related! And please feel free to introduce yourself on the listserv or the blog! Directions to sign up for the listserv are here.

Hope to see many of you in Fort Worth!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In case you missed this blog on GN acquisition/collection development/marketing . . .


Librarian How To: Graphic Novel Collection Development in Academia

Dear Internet,

As my tenure at MPOW gets closer to the end, I’m in the process of writing lots and lots of documentation for my successor1. One of my projects I’m most proud of, and hope will be continued, is my graphic novel collection (which will always be mine no matter what). Since I seem to be fielding lots of questions from people in all sorts of places about graphic novel collection development in academia, I usually point people to my project Graphicdemia since that has all of my resources. But there are a few questions I have not really answered such as WHAT I’m collecting and HOW I’m marketing the collection to my community.
This post should answer those question. (Warning: Some of the content is culled from stuff I’ve written in emails, comments, and documentation so it may sound a bit familiar.)
Collecting graphic novels at a community college is a weird niche. We’re not a research institution nor are we a public library, so our needs are different and are often left unaddressed. . . .


Read the complete post here.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Graphic Novelist T Edward Bak Presents New Book and Comics Workshop at Texas State, 4/14!

Graphic Novel Reading/Q&A/Book Signing
April 14, 2014, Monday
Reception & Refreshments - 2:45 pm, Reading - 3:00pm
The Wittliff Collections
Alkek Library, 7th floor
Contact: Tara Spies Smith 512-245-1636

Comics Workshop
April 14, 2014, Monday
5:30pm School of Art & Design, Joan Cole Mitte Building, Room 1124
Contact: Matt Rebholz 512-638-1632

ISLAND OF MEMORY, T Edward Bak’s first volume of WILD MAN—The Natural History of Georg Wilhelm Steller, examines the human condition within the natural order at the extremes of the unknown. Part natural history, part adventure yarn and part experimental narrative, this 72-page full-color fever dream is the artistic realization of Bak’s inquiry into the socio-ecological consequences of empire.

T Edward Bak's presentation will include a discussion of the natural history and works which inspire and inform the narrative of his graphic novel. Read more from the publisher, Floating World Comics

An informal Q&A and book signing with Bak will follow the reading. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of the University Bookstore.

T Edward Bak teaches and lectures on comics in the Pacific Northwest, where he studies Environmental Studies. He was the 2007 Center for Cartoon Studies Fellow and is the cartoonist of Service Industry, and WILD MAN: The Natural History of Georg Wilhelm Steller. His stories appear in The Graphic Canon, The Best American Comics, MOME, and Drawn & Quarterly Showcase. A native of Colorado, Bak resides primarily in Portland, Oregon, but often migrates throughout North America.