I find writing summaries rather difficult, because I feel that I either add in too much information or not enough. In my paper are plenty of websites listed of where to locate the various types of resources. If anybody would like a copy I will attach the sources to this blog.
For this paper I wanted to provide information for reader advisors who are not particularly familiar with graphic novels. The first part of the paper is defining basic graphic novel term including what a graphic novel is: "graphic novel is a term gaining acceptance that is used to describe bound narratives that tell a story through sequential art with or without text." (Butler Library, 2017). In the paper are brief descriptions of basic graphic novel terms, such as comic book, trade paperback/trade hardcover, omnibus, one-shot, manga, and hentai.
Graphic novels are not a separate genre but a format; in the same way that a novel in printed form is the same item in digital form. There are many types of graphic novels. The illustrative medium lends itself very well to any genre. If there is a genre in fiction and some in non-fiction then there is a graphic novel counterpart.
The next section of the paper discusses the six appeal elements found in books: pacing, characterization, story line, frame/setting, tone/mood, and language/style. These are essential when digging deeper to fine tune what the reader wants.
Graphic novel readers could be interested in a specific comic book series, character, writer and/or illustrator. With graphic novels different writers and illustrators can interpret the same characters very differently. The different ways of interpretation can drastically alter the six appeal elements from book to book.
The last sections contains advise for getting reader advisory information for graphic novels from online/ print sources, publishers, fellow librarians/library employees, patrons, and comic book stores/comic cons. A very good way for a reader advisor to learn about graphic novels is to read some in a variety of genres.
The bottom line is to treat reader advisory for graphic novels the same as you would for other novels. Take the time to find out what kind of genre, sub-genre, and which characteristics in the six elements of book appeal that the patron is looking for. The exception is to include the art work as being equally important as the story.
Butler Library. (2017). Research guides: Graphic novels. Columbia University Libraries. Retrieved from http://library.columbia.edu/subject-guides/graphic_novels.html