Monday, April 15, 2013

Introducing the new Graphic Novel Collection!

The graphic novel began its literary life in the 70s and 80s as an artistic underdog. In spite of landmark works by well-respected illustrators such as Will Eisner and Art Spiegelman -- and the support of literary icons like John Updike -- graphic novelists struggled to be taken seriously, to elevate their form beyond sensational superhero comics and fluffy fairy tales. Thankfully, we've come a long way in a very short time. These days, even superhero comics and fairy tales are taken seriously -- sometimes very seriously -- and graphic novels comprise one of the fastest-growing and most artistically engaging genres in the literary landscape.

Piedmont College Libraries is proud to announce the creation of a dedicated Graphic Novel Collection (to be shelved alongside our Current & Popular leisure reading section on the 3rd floor of the Arrendale Library). You'll find a wide variety of titles covering the entire scope of the graphic novel genre -- from The Avengers and The Walking Dead to award-winning memoirs by Harvey Pekar and Alison Bechdel. There are titles you've probably heard before -- The Watchmen, Sandman, Persepolis, American Splendor, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Ghost World, and The Invention of Hugo Cabret -- and some future classics you may not be familiar with, such as Saga, Asterios Polyp, Fables, My Friend Dahmer, and Y: The Last Man.

Graphic novels are available for two-week check-outs with up to two renewals. You may borrow a maximum of five at a time. To view the entire collection, click here.