LIS Class Reading List - Special Topics in Librarianship: The Graphic Novel

This month is getting pretty busy!  With just about three weeks of the semester left and my lack of posting last month, I thought I'd have to take a break from blogging.  However, I just realized that I actually have some old reviews I haven't posted and material from my LIS classes from last semester I could blog about.  So if you guys are interested, I'll post from time to time about some of my required reading lists for my Library & Information Science classes. 

*Note - I don't necessarily recommend every title listed, this is meant to be a sample of reading lists from my LIS classes. As always, please do your own research before reading or purchasing titles for yourself or before giving them to your children.*

Special Topics in Librarianship: The Graphic Novel:

"... explore Graphic Novels and Comics in libraries for all ages with an emphasis on children and young adult titles. We will study collection development, programming, the history of graphics, censorship, and booktalking. A particular focus will be on Asian and Asian American titles including web comics and online comic resources ... This course is intended for librarians who plan to provide or already are providing library services in either a public or school library; teachers; and anyone else who is interested in graphic novels for any age." (Syllabus excerpt) 
Required Reading List:

Weeks 1 & 2 (Introduction and General Comics History):
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud

Week 3 (History of Asian American Comics and Graphics):
Any Usagi Yojimbo comic book by Stan Sakai
Usagi Yojimbo: Duel at Kitanoji (Book 17) Review

Week 4 (Hawaii Comics and Graphics):
Any comic book by Jon Murakami

Week 5 (Elementary Age Graphics):
Smile by Reina Telgemeier
Any Little Lit book edited by Art Spiegelman
Little Lit: Folklore and Fairy Tale Funnies Review

Week 6 (Non-Fiction Graphics):
March, Vol. 1 by John Robert Lewis & Andrew Aydin.  Illustrated by Nate Powell.
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

Week 7 (DC and Marvel):
Your choice, one of each featuring Batman and Spider-Man:

Batman comic book
Batgirl: Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection Review
Batman: Li'l Gotham: Vol. 1 Review
Spider-Man comic book
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol.1 Review
Spider-Man: Blue

Week 8 (Collection Development):
None (midterm due)
Booktalk Assignment - "3 Graphic Novels Princess Leia Would Read"

Week 9 (Webcomics):
Your choice, any webcomic

Week 10 (Manga):
Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 by Hajime Isayama
Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 Review

Week 11 (Middle School Graphics):
Boxers by Gene Luen Yang
Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Ichiro by Ryan Inzama

Week 12 (Intellectual Freedom & Censorship):
Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan. Illustrated by Fiona Staples

Week 13 (Outreach & Programming):
None

Week 14 (High School Graphics):
Night Fisher by Kikuo R. Johnson
Night Fisher Review

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen. Illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks

Week 15 (Graphics for Adults):
A Bride's Story, Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori
A Bride's Story, Vol. 1 Review
Stargazing Dog by Takashi Murakami
Stargazing Dog Review

What are your favorite comic books or graphic novels?  Have you ever read any of the ones listed?
LIS Class Reading List - Special Topics in Librarianship: The Graphic Novel LIS Class Reading List - Special Topics in Librarianship: The Graphic Novel Reviewed by The Artist Librarian on 4/14/2015 11:02:00 PM Rating: 5

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