Growing up, I loved comics, but it wasn’t until I discovered the graphic novel Maus by Art Spieglman, that I saw my culture and family heritage as a Jewish American in the pages of a comic.
Each year the Young Adult Library Services Association, or YALSA, creates an annotated list of recommended graphic novels appropriate for teen readers. This list is created annually by a mix of both school and public librarians who have backgrounds in graphic novel collection development.
Happy New Year!
Halloween is just around the corner, are you getting excited? Halloween is a very popular holiday in Japan these days with people observing all the traditions of wearing costumes and handing out candy for the children’s trick or treating night.
Summer vacation is almost over, and it will soon be time to go back to school. Did you enjoy the Summer Reading Challenge? Did you complete it? For me, reading lots of fun books, and having lots of fun experiences, makes for a nice summer, don't you agree?
LGBTQ themes are not foreign to the manga universe, and in fact, have been around for decades. The most widely read genres of LGBTQ manga are “Boy’s Love” (BL) and “Girl’s Love” (GL). The Japanese express these words in floral terms: “Bara” (Roses) for BL, and “Yuri” (Lilies) for GL.
On March 9, we delved into some of the ways female-written and female-fronted comics are shaking up the comic book community.