Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Cancelled/Postponed, T. Edward Bak event at Alkek Library


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

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.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Graphic Novel Collections

Yesterday an exlibris listserv member posted this query ....

"are there any special collections of graphic novels?  Are any of them online for bibliographical data? "

Do we at GNSIG have a list of graphic novel collections with links?

A UPenn librarian responded with ..." searchable in our OPAC as "Steven Rothman Collection of Comics, Cartoons, and Graphic Novels"; our entire comics/graphic novels special collection is searchable (imaginatively enough) as "Comics Collection."  

I followed up on the Penn library catalog in a slightly different way, with a general search for the keyword "graphic novel" as a phrase and got 227 results, not all of which are in their Rothman collection, Comics Collection, or Special Collections:

Which made me wonder if there are graphic novels that are not identified as such in cataloging. I would have expected there to be more than 227.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

You Can Do a Graphic Novel

You Can Do a Graphic Novel by Barbara Slate is a resource used by creators from advanced professionals (Stan Lee endorsed it) to high school students.  It goes from creating characters to plotlines to layout, and includes creative tips that apply to any endeavor. Barbara will be at the Burlington Book Festival September 21 (Vermont) giving a multimedia presentation titled “My Life in Comics,” and moderating a panel of top shelf artist/writers called The Novel Graphic: A Summit. September 22 she will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival doing a You Can Do a Comic Book workshop with kids. Book signing at both venues.

 [full disclosure--Barbara is my domestic partner]

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Listserv is active!

The ARLIS/NA Graphic Novels Special Interest Group now has a listserv for behind the scenes communication! Please see the Listserv page for directions on how to subscribe. For information on how to become a member of the Graphic Novels SIG please see our About page.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Welcome to the new ARLIS/NA Graphic Novels Special Interest Group blog and site! Learn more about who we are and why we exist on our About page and our Members & Contact page. Looking forward to sharing exciting news and info about graphic novels, comics, zines, ours and others' collections!