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: 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,
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

Monday, July 1, 2019

New ARLIS/NA 2018 Notable Graphic Novels Review!

The editors are excited to announce the publication of the first official issue of the Notable Graphic Novels Review on the ARLIS/NA website at

This annual publication will typically review 10 titles, but this year we have 11 due to a tie in voting. The 2018 edition includes reviews of: 

Algeria is Beautiful Like America, written by Olivia Burton, illustrated by Mahi Grand, translated by Edward Gauvin, editing, localization, and layout by Mike Kennedy
Berlin, by Jason Lutes
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, by Pénélope Bagieu
My Brother's Husband, Volume 2, by Gengoroh Tagame, translated by Anne Ishii 
On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden  
Passing for Human: A Graphic Memoir, by Liana Finck 
The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang 
Sabrina, by Nick Drnaso 
Why Art?, by Elanor Davis 
Woman World, by Aminder Dhaliwal, color by Nikolas Ilic 
Your Black Friend and Other Strangers, by Ben Passmore

There is also an Appendix that includes all the other eligible nominations submitted by ARLIS/NA

We appreciate everyone who nominated, voted, and reviewed these titles! Want to get involved? Start reading some graphic novels that are released this year and be on the look out for a call for nominations in early 2020.

Olivia Piepmeier
Tara Spies Smith
Andrew Wang
Notable Graphic Novels Review editors