It’s here! It’s here!

January 25, 2007

The final Great Graphic Novels for Teens list has been released by the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association, with eight non-fiction and 59 fiction selections. As YASLA puts it:

“The inaugural committee was dedicated to making a strong list that showcases a wide range of quality materials. The list includes everything from serious non-fiction to high fantasy, romantic manga to superhero parodies.”

Here’s a breakdown of how publishers did in terms of titles and books recognized:

Airship Entertainment: 1 title, 1 book.
AiT/PlanetLar: 1 title, 1 book.
Ballantine Books: 1 title, 1 book.
Café Digital: 1 title, 1 book.
Dark Horse: 2 titles, 2 books.
DC Comics (all imprints): 9 titles, 9 books.
Digital Manga Publishing: 1 title, 3 books.
Drawn and Quarterly: 2 titles, 2 books.
Evil Twin: 1 title, 1 book.
Fantagraphics: 2 titles, 2 books.
First Second: 4 titles, 4 books.
Go! Comi: 1 title, 1 book.
Graphix: 1 title, 1 book.
Harper Collins: 1 title, 1 book.
Ice Kunion: 1 title, 3 books.
Image: 3 titles, 3 books.
Henry Holt: 1 title, 1 book.
Hill and Wang: 1 title, 1 book.
Marvel: 7 titles, 10 books.
NBM: 2 titles, 2 books.
Oni Press: 2 titles, 2 books.
Seven Seas Entertainment: 1 title, 1 book.
Simon and Schuster: 1 title, 1 book.
Tokyopop: 4 titles, 4 books.
Viper Comics: 2 titles, 2 books.
Viz: 3 titles, 6 books.
Watson-Guptill: 1 title, 1 book.

So that’s Marvel with the largest number of books, and DC with the largest number of titles, but the committee certainly shared the wealth among publishers big and small, new and venerable. First Second and Tokyopop tied for third in number of titles with four each, though Viz surpassed both in number of books.

And yes, Identity Crisis did make the list, and made the cut for the Top Ten, so it shows what I know.

From the stacks

January 24, 2007

As Heidi MacDonald notes, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association has released its 2007 list of Best Books for Young Adults. Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese (First Second) made it all the way to the Top Ten, and there were other graphic novels on the larger list:


  • Eldred, Tim. Grease Monkey: A Tale of Growing Up in Orbit. 2006. illus. Tom Doherty/Tor, $27.95. (ISBN-10, 0-7653-1325-1; ISBN-13, 9780765313256).
  • Lat. Kampung Boy. 2006. illus. Roaring Brook/First Second, $16.95. (ISBN-10, 1-59643-121-0; ISBN-13, 9781596431218).
  • Murphy, Sean. Off Road. November 2005. illus. Oni Press, $11.95. (ISBN-10, 1-932644-30-0; ISBN-13, 9781932644300).
  • Stassen, Jean-Philippe. Deogratias, a Tale of Rwanda. 2006. illus. Roaring Brook/First Second, $16.95. (ISBN-10, 1-59643-103-2; ISBN-13, 9781596431034).
  • Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese. 2006. illus. Roaring Brook/First Second, $16.95. (ISBN-10, 1-59643-152-0; ISBN-13, 9780596431522).
  • Non-fiction:

  • Jacobson, Sid and Colon, Ernie. The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation. 2006. illus. Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Hill and Wang, $30. (ISBN-10, 0-8090-5738-7; ISBN-13, 9780809057382).
  • In other YALSA news, Robin Brenner has announced that the Great Graphic Novels for Teens list has been finalized.

    Missed it

    January 23, 2007

    There was another update on the materials selection policy development process at the Marshall Public Library in the Jan. 19 edition of the Democrat-News. The policy is apparently close to being completed, and the group will meet again on Thursday, Jan. 25.

    I am shockingly uninformed

    January 23, 2007

    I had no idea that it was National Pie Day. I didn’t even know that there was an American Pie Council.

    As a token observance of what should, in my opinion, be a national holiday, I point you towards Seanbaby’s Hostess Page, surely one of the most valuable comics resources on the web.

    I nag because I love

    January 23, 2007

    It’s a breezy trip through this week’s ComicList, with only two entries really catching my eye, but what entries they are.

    David Petersen’s surprise hit Mouse Guard (Archaia) concludes with its sixth issue. It’s been a lot of fun watching this beautifully drawn adventure story earn critical praise and go into multiple printings, because it absolutely deserves both. And I notice on the Archaia page that a hardcover collection is in the works, which should be gorgeous and make librarians very, very happy.

    Hiroki Endo has been wowing me with the complex science fiction of Eden: It’s an Endless World! (Dark Horse), so I’m really looking forward to his collection of shorter pieces, Tanpenshu. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book from people like Christopher Butcher, so even if I wasn’t already Endo-inclined, I would be giving it a serious look.

    Speaking of the Torontonian retailer, Chris does a much better job than I did of highlighting the licensed Japanese goodness on display in this year’s Angoulême short list, including this comment about Daisuke Igarashi’s Sorcières, which I can only second:

    “Absolutely beautiful, and I could totally see Dark Horse picking this up and fitting it seamlessly into their current slate of releases. YOU HEAR ME, CARL?”

    Dark Horse has been doing a great job of delivering manga that I really, really like (Eden, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Mail). Maybe I should start nagging them about launching a josei line.

    (Edited due to a spelling flame-out.)


    January 22, 2007

    While we all have to wait until tomorrow morning to find out which movies that I haven’t seen will be nominated for Oscars, you can see which comics GLAAD feels represent the most fair, accurate and inclusive depictions of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered individuals.

    Those comics apparently don’t include 12 Days, Off*Beat, or Shout Out Loud!

    Buck up, Tokyopop. Maybe someday you’ll be mainstream enough.

    Nice package

    January 22, 2007

    This week’s Flipped kind of follows the five stages of the death of nerd outrage. Denial! (“Oh, no, he didn’t!”) Anger! (“Says you!”) Bargaining! (“That does look kind of nice.”) Depression! (“I’m such a hypocrite.”) And acceptance. (Provided the price is right.)

    Humiliated grapes

    January 21, 2007

    I’m not generally an advocate of raisins in candy or other sweet treats. If they really are nature’s candy, then nature isn’t trying very hard, in my opinion.

    But dark-chocolate Raisinets may force me to soften my position. But am I warming up towards raisins, or am I just a sucker for anything with dark chocolate in it?

    From the wintry north

    January 19, 2007

    I’m usually at a loss to figure out how Amazon’s recommendation system works, because it seems like many of my purchases indicate I would enjoy books I wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole. An entertaining “Six Degrees of Separation” game could probably be developed to try and figure out how my purchase of, say, the ninth volume of Bleach leads Amazon to believe that I’d like the latest crappy thriller from James Patterson.

    The latest suggestion to wind up in my in-box actually sounds pretty promising. It was for Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and the Fan Arts, published by the University of Minnesota Press. There are only so many times you can re-read Schodt and Gravett (though I haven’t found the number yet), and more academic (or even quasi-academic) writing on the subject is always welcome.

    Between this and the exhibition catalog for the Shojo Manga! Girl Power! show that Dirk Deppey reviewed the other day, it looks like I’ve got a couple of interesting books about manga to add to the pile of actual manga waiting to be read.

    Tezuka on demand

    January 19, 2007

    There are so many intriguing things about this item at ComiPress that it’s hard to pick where to start.

  • I think on-line, user-compiled anthologies are a great idea. As Chloe noted at Shuchaku East, “Let’s be honest, when was the last time you picked up a copy of Bleach and thought that hey, Bleach was good , so I’ll probably like and subsequently buy the 23 other series in this label too!” Imagine if readers could build their own anthology out of Shonen Jump or Shojo Beat or Shonen Jump Advanced?
  • It’s interesting to see rival publishers collaborating on this kind of initiative, but maybe it’s just the power of Osamu Tezuka. (And by the way, I’d never seen Kodansha’s English site before. It seems to have been designed almost specifically for potential licensing entitites.)
  • It’s nice to see that, even almost 20 years after his death, Tezuka is still driving innovation in the manga industry. (It could be argued that the Netcomics site already essentially offers an on-demand, online anthology.)
  • I’d love to know more about how the serials are packaged and delivered — if there are any bells and whistles or supplementary content that come with the selected serials.
  • I hope this is just the first in a wave and that it becomes popular enough that a U.S. publisher picks up the idea. Somebody pick up the Magnificent ’49ers next! I swear I’ll try and learn Japanese if you do!