Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Conversation with cartoonist Sacha Mardou @ Graphic Novels SIG meeting - May 4th


Please join us for the  ARLIS/at the virtual ARLIS/NA 49th Annual Conference on May 4th from 2PM – 3PM EDT (1PM CDT).

See the email on the ARLIS/NA or Graphic Novels listserv for the zoom link to the meeting.

We are excited to announce St. Louis-based cartoonist Sacha Mardou as our special guest for the 2021 SIG meeting! Co-coordinators Caitlin McGurk and Tara Smith will interview Sacha Mardou for part of the SIG’s meeting.

Other items on the agenda will be a call for an additional co-coordinator for the SIG, the Notable Graphic Novels Review update, and any other agenda items members would like to discuss.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Tara Smith, Graphic Novels SIG creator and co-coordinator

Caitlin McGurk, Graphic Novels SIG co-coordinator


Sunday, January 31, 2021

New Notable Graphic Novels Review!


 Dear colleagues,

The latest edition of the Notable Graphic Novels Review is available to read here: https://arlisna.org/publications/notable-graphic-novels-review. This edition includes reviews for 12 titles that were published in 2019 (reviews were written in 2020), plus an appendix of nominations. Thank you all for your patience as we figured out how to adjust our process this last year. And special thanks to our reviewers for volunteering their time: Claire Payne, Courtney Baron, Lora Farrell, Jasper Lastoria, Vaughan Hennen, Jennifer Martinez Wormser, Stephanie Kays, Missy Brown, Katy Parker, Lauren Scanlon, Dai Newman, and Rebekah Scoggins.

More information on the Notable Graphic Novels Review: The primary objective of this list is to acknowledge and celebrate the craft of sequential art from the last year by tapping into the experience and love of this medium from ARLIS/NA members. As a result, this annual publication can assist (art) library workers in improving their own institutional collections of graphic novels by providing summaries, critical evaluations, and informed recommendations.

Wishing you all well!
Tara Spies Smith, ts20@txstate.edu
Notable Graphic Novels Review Co-editors

Friday, February 28, 2020

Graphic Novels SIG meeting 2020 with special guest Sacha Mardou

The ARLIS/NA Graphic Novels SIG is excited to announce St. Louis-based cartoonist Sacha Mardou as our special guest presenter for the 2020 SIG meeting this April!

All are welcome to join us at the conference on Thursday, April 23 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm. Mardou will have books available to purchase after the meeting.

Monday, August 19, 2019

New Co-Coordinators for the Graphic Novels SIG

Hello Graphic Novels SIG:

I am pleased to announce that the new co-coordinators for the Graphic Novels Special Interest Group (SIG) are Caitlin McGurk from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at The Ohio State University Libraries and Joan Jocson-Singh from Lehman College, CUNY. Please welcome them both as the new Graphic Novels SIGs co-coordinators. I am looking forward to working with Caitlin and Joan in planning our upcoming annual meeting in St. Louis.

Please let us know if you have any questions.



Caitlin McGurk

Tara Spies Smith

Joan Jocson-Singh