What are Graphic Novels?
A comic book is the traditional periodical form most people are familiar with. A comic book can stand on its own or be a part of a series. A series is also sometimes called a “title,” which refers to the entire series, not a single, discrete unit.
Sometimes, multiple issues of a series are collected into one volume. It can be hardcover or softcover. Softcover editions are often called “trade paperbacks,” or just “trades,” regardless of size. A hardcover or a softcover can also be called a “graphic novel.”
When a story is published in the hardcover or softcover format first (that is, without periodical serialization), it is referred to as a graphic novel and only a graphic novel.
Why Use Graphic Novels?
“The presence of comics in a junior high school library resulted in a dramatic 82% increase in library traffic and a 30% increase in circulation of non-comic books.”
– Dorrell & Carroll
School Library Journal
Graphic novels & comic books…
Are time-honoured North American literary art forms that can:
- Broaden & strengthen library collections.
- Attract new readers and students of all ages and skill levels.
- Help educators reach one of the most challenging student demographics: young adult males.
Are especially good for attracting reluctant readers because:
- They are powerful motivational tools that can capture and maintain the reader’s interest.
- Their illustrations provide contextual clues to the written text, making them ideal for remedial reading programs.
- They can give reluctant readers the non-threatening practice and experience needed to inspire confidence and progress to more challenging texts.
Can make dynamic and relevant curricular connections to help educators teach:
- Complex social issues, such as sexual abuse (The Tale of One Bad Rat).
- Historical and current events (Pulitzer Prize-winner Maus is set during the Holocaust, while Fax from Sarajevo is set against the contemporary Balkan conflict).
- Folklore and mythology (Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde).
- Popular culture (JLA Archives reflects life in the 1940s, as The Complete Color MAD reflects the 1950s).
Big B Comics can help you take advantage of all these benefits with the widest possible range of titles that will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, offered at competitive prices and delivered in a timely manner.