Greatness

The American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association has released its 2009 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, along with the Top Ten. The group recognized 53 titles total from 27 different publishers or imprints. The big winner was Viz, with 9 titles and 23 books recognized, though if you add up the entries from all of DC’s various imprints, it comes close with 9 titles and 14 books recognized. Viz dominated the Top Ten, with 3 titles earning recognition.

As usual, there’s a terrific breadth of material on display, from romance to biography to history mystery to super-heroes to slice-of-life to fantasy and so on. Here’s the breakdown of entries by publisher/imprint:

Viz: 9 titles, 23 books, 3 titles in the Top Ten

Marvel: 5 titles, 7 books

CMX: 3 titles, 6 books
Tokyopop: 3 titles, 4 books
Hill and Wang: 3 titles, 3 books
Image: 3 titles, 3 books

Go! Comi: 2 titles, 4 books, 1 title in the Top Ten
Vertical: 2 titles, 4 books
DC: 2 titles, 3 books
Yen Press: 2 titles, 3 books
Dark Horse Comics: 2 titles, 2 books, 1 title in the Top Ten
Vertigo: 2 titles, 2 books, 1 title in the Top Ten

DrMaster: 1 title, 2 books
Oni Press: 1 title, 2 books
Wildstorm: 1 title, 2 books
Cinco Puntos Press: 1 title, 1 book, 1 title in the Top Ten
First Second: 1 title, 1 book, 1 title in the Top Ten
Groundwood Books: 1 title, 1 book, 1 title in the Top Ten
Red Five Comics: 1 title, 1 book, 1 title in the Top Ten
Abstract Studio: 1 title, 1 book
Bloomsbury: 1 title, 1 book
Cellar Door: 1 title, 1 book
Graphix: 1 title, 1 book
Minx: 1 title, 1 book
Riverhead Trade: 1 title, 1 book
Slave Labor Graphics: 1 title, 1 book
Villard: 1 title, 1 book

7 Responses to Greatness

  1. Robin B. says:

    Thanks for breaking it down, David! I did exactly the same thing, once the votes were tallied, and I was pleased to see such a variety of publishers myself. Thanks for highlighting the list, as always!

  2. [...] The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced their 2009 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list as well as their top ten. Naturally, both lists feature quite a few manga. For those keeping score at home, David Welsh breaks it out by publisher. [...]

  3. mangaman says:

    YALSA also announced its equally important “Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers” list, which included a few manga — including “The Manga Cookbook,” published by my company, Japanime/Manga University.

    Congrats to all the publishers whose titles were selected!

  4. davidpwelsh says:

    Congratulations! I saw that Good Comics for Kids posted some of the other lists and their graphic novel entries as well. I should update the post.

  5. [...] Welsh breaks the list down by publisher, reacts and reacts [...]

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