[The following post was written by UB librarian Mike Lavin.]
The Graphic Novels Collection is located in Lockwood Library’s entrance lobby. Graphic novels use the conventions of comic book art to tell an extended story, combining a series of drawn or painted pictures with dialogue and captions. Check the Catalog for specific titles, or enter a “keyword” search – graphic novels – to get a complete list of over 500 available titles.
Modern comic books are generally associated with superheroes, such as Batman or Spider-Man. Superheroes are represented abundantly in the graphic novel arena, but there are all types of non-superhero stories as well, representing every category of popular fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, and more). Graphic novels come in varying shapes and sizes and all types of artistic and storytelling styles. They have become an extremely popular medium for readers of all ages, as evident in the top-grossing movies based on graphic novels in recent years, including “Ghost World,” “American Splendor,” “A History of Violence,” “Road to Perdition,” and “V for Vendetta.”
Some examples of popular graphic novels in UB’s collection include: Persepolis, the true account of a girl growing up in revolutionary Iran; Kings in Disguise, a critically acclaimed story of a young boy traveling cross-country during the depths of America’s Great Depression; the sword-yielding violence of Conan: The Frost Giant’s Daughter; 30 Days of Night, a gripping tale of vampires attacking an isolated town north of the Arctic Circle; and X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills, a tragic story of prejudice set in a world of superheroes. Want to find out more about Graphic Novels? Visit the Buffalo & Erie County Libraries’ GET GRAPHIC website.