This just in

January 26, 2007

And the Marshall Democrat-News provides an update on last night’s final meeting of the library’s materials selection policy development committee. The group approved the new policy unanimously, and the draft will be brought before the library board Feb. 7 for discussion and possible approval.

Other YALSA winners

January 26, 2007

Let’s just retroactively declare it “Comics in Libraries Week” at Precocious Curmudgeon, shall we?

I followed Kat Kan’s pointers to see what other graphic novels had been recognized on other lists developed by the Young Adult Library Services Association. (I stretched the definition to include books about graphic novels and some featuring contributions from graphic novelists. All of the descriptive text below is YALSA’s.)

2007 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers:


Halls, Kelly Milner and Spears, Rick and others. Tales from the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures that May or May Not Exist. 2006. illus. Darby Creek Publishing, $18.95. (ISBN-10, 1-58196-049-2; ISBN-13, 9781581960495).

Hart, Christopher. Manga Mania: Chibi and Furry Characters: How to Draw the Adorable Mini-Characters and Cool Cat Girls of Japanese Comics. 2006. illus. Watson-Guptill, $19.95. (ISBN-10, 0-8230-2977-8; ISBN-13, 9780823029778).


Araki, Hirohiko. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures, Vol. 1. Tr. by Alexis Kirsch. 2005. illus. Viz, $7.99. (ISBN-10, 1-59116-754-X; ISBN-13, 9781591167549).

Chayamachi, Suguro. Devil May Cry 3: Volume One: Code One: Dante. Tr. by Ray Yoshimoto. 2005. illus. Tokyopop, $9.99. (ISBN-10, 1-59816-031-1; ISBN-13, 9781598160314).

Giffen, Keith and Roman, Benjamin. I Luv Halloween Series. 2005-2006. illus. Tokyopop, $9.99 ea.

Gruner, Jessica and Parker, Buzz. Emily the Strange: The Lost Issue. 2005. illus. Dark Horse, $7.95. (ISBN-10, 1-59307-429-8; ISBN-13, 9781593074296). [Also made the Top Ten list.]

Marunas, Nathanial and Craddock, Erik. Manga Claus: The Blade of Kringle. 2006. illus. Penguin/Razorbill, $12.99. (ISBN-10, 1-59514-134-0; ISBN-13, 9781595141347).

2007 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults:

Get Creative:

Barry, Lynda. One Hundred Demons. 2005. Sasquatch Books, $17.95. (1-57061-459-8). When you’ve got hundreds of demons, art can help you defeat them.

Hart, Christopher. Manga Mania: How to Draw Japanese Comics. 2001. Watson-Guptill, $19.95. (0-8230-3035-0). Learn ways to create your own manga.

O’Neil, Dennis. The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics. 2001. Watson-Guptill, $19.95. (0-8230-1027-9). Comic books are more than pretty pictures; learn how to make them fly.

Talbot, Bryan. The Tale of One Bad Rat. 1995. Dark Horse Comics, $14.95. (1-56971-077-5). A girl and her rat escape abuse.

Yazawa, Ai. Paradise Kiss, Vol. 1. 2002. Tokyopop, $9.99. (1-931514-60-7). Book smart Yukari finds her life turned upside-down when she agrees to model for fashion school students.

I’m Not Making This Up:

Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis, Vol. 1: the Story of a Childhood. 2004. Pantheon Books, $11.95. (0-375-71457-X). Words and drawings tell the story of growing up during the Islamic revolution.

Religion: Relationship with the Divine:

Tezuka, Osamu. Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu. 2006. Vertical, Inc., $14.95. (1-932234-56-X). The first in an 8-volume graphic novelization of the life of Siddhartha, the prince who became Buddha.

What’s so Funny?:

Azuma, Kiyohiko. Yotsuba&!: Volume 1. 2005. A. D. Vision, Inc., $9.99 (1-4139-0317-7). Yotsuba is one strange girl!

Groening, Matt. Simpsons Comics Barn Burner. 2005. HarperCollins, $14.95. (0-06-074818-4). D’oh!

Smith, Jeff. Out From Boneville. 2005. Graphix, $9.99. (0-439-70640-8). Here a Bone, there a Bone.

If I missed anything in my scans through the lists, please leave a comment and I’ll update the post.


January 26, 2007

The real Sin City seems to be borrowing the look of the fictional Sin City to recruit police officers.

(Thanks to Anthony “Hoss” Easton for pointing it out to me. And for being better informed about pastry-based celebrations than I am.)

More from Marshall

January 26, 2007

The Marshall Democrat-News provided a more extensive summary of the most recent meeting of the library committee tasked to develop a materials selection policy after a citizen complained about the presence of Craig Thompson’s Blankets and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home on the shelves.

Here are some highlights:

On the possibility of labeling graphic novels for content:

“At the committee’s last meeting on Thursday, Jan. 11, the committee decided not to assign a prejudicial label [for graphic novels] or segregate them by a prejudicial system.”

On materials selection in general:

“Materials will be chosen by reviews, public demand, budget factors, recognition on a best-sellers list, and many other aspects of available information.”

On a formal process for reconsidering material that’s been challenged by a library patron:

“The agreement apparently reached by the committee allows a patron to fill out and submit a request for reconsideration of materials. The next step is for the director to review the criteria for why it was chosen and should or should not remain in the library. The director may ask staff or outside resources, such as another library, for additional information on the material or materials in question. When a request is filed, the director will inform the board president immediately and the president will inform the rest of the board.”

Another meeting of the library committee was held last night, so more concrete conclusions will apparently be forthcoming.