Libraries! They’re in every town in the United States — and many of them have comics and graphic novels in them.
How did that state of affairs come to pass? And how do librarians support graphic novels, both with buying them and adding them to their collections, and with promoting them to their patrons?
In this episode of Graphic Novel TK, we talk with Robin Brenner, Teen Librarian at the Public Library of Brookline — and one of the first librarians to begin advocating for comics in libraries in the US — about the ins and outs of comics librarianship.
Graphic Novel TK is a podcast about the process of making graphic novels — aimed at authors, artists, and people who are interested in the behind-the-scenes of the publishing business. It’s hosted by Alison Wilgus and Gina Gagliano.
Alison Wilgus is a writer, editor and cartoonist; her comics have been published by Tor, First Second, Dark Horse, DC, Del Rey and Nickelodeon Magazine. You can find her online @aliwilgus.
Gina Gagliano is the Publishing Director of Random House Graphic, Random House’s dedicated imprint for comics for kids and teens, and has worked with organizations like the Brooklyn Book Festival, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and the Toronto Comics Art Festival to coordinate programming and media. You can find her online @_GinaGagliano.