Redhead Fangirl

Friday, May 12

25 in 25

Thx to Bad Librarianship for this list of the 25 most important events in 25 years for comics. Libraries rockin' in at #5 on a list with:
  • Death as a marketing tool
  • Kevin Smith
  • Crossovers
  • #1 The Internet [which lets you read the Redhead Fangirl blog!]
5. Libraries -
Twenty five years ago, you would be lucky to see a few copies of comics kept mixed in with the magazines at a library. In the past ten years or so, though, libraries became more and more cognizant of the great utility of comic books in encouraging young adults and children to read. Nowadays, there are many libraries that have large collections of graphic novels, becoming a starting point for many a new comic fan's entry in the world of comics. It comes as no surprise that many stores have cross-promotions with libraries for Free Comic Book Day, as comic book stores and libraries are now side by side in the hunt to get kids to read comics, each for their own reasons, of course.

4 Comments:

At 8:12 PM, Blogger Rae said...

Yeah for librarians!!!

 
At 1:33 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Ah, libraries. Where it's Free Comic Book Day every day, kids!

 
At 7:24 AM, Blogger Cap'n Neurotic said...

Having worked in the library world for over 10 years now, it amazes me how quickly comic books have gained a foothold in the last several years. I can remember trying to request some TPBs through InterLibrary Loan a few years back and it was like pulling teeth; nowadays, the public library has a standing order for several different series, my library has just received a ton of Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman TPBS, and I can now indulge my masochistic need to read Chuck Austen books without spending a penny through the magics of ILL.

It's a good time to be a comic geek librarian.

 
At 11:15 AM, Blogger redlib said...

If it's a good time to be a comic geek librarian, then punch my ticket because I am all over that!

 

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