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  1. I know I’m super late to this, but don’t expect librarians to solve your problems. Comics and graphic novels are a mess in OCLC/WordCat because librarians don’t have a consensus on how to catalog them. (And I’m talking about bound TPBs (which have ISBNs!) not floppies.) In particular, the different ways that different volumes from the same series are cataloged makes it hard to get the exact volume you want. Sometimes it takes three tries before I get the particular volume I want since the person pulling it off the shelf just sees, e.g., “Astro City” and misses the subtitle or volume number and grabs the first “Astro City” book they see.

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