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52 Library Card Uses

Check out your favorite graphic novel:  Number 7 in a series of uses for your library card.

It’s an interesting place, the world of graphic novels. They have been created about war, young love, vampires, ennui, the Holocaust, life behind the veil, and many more subjects. You can even find a graphic novel of The Book of Genesis.

There’s a multitude of original titles to explore, like The Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw, The Big Skinny: How I changed my fattitude: a memoir by Carol Lay, and The Borden Tragedy: A memoir of the infamous double murder at Fall River, Mass., 1892 by Rick Geary. You’ll find numerous adaptations, including a version of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, one of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and another of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

The supply of titles for the teen or young adult market has library shelves sagging from the weight of Japanese manga translated for American readers. It’s more difficult to find adult graphic novels because they are spread among the shelves. The best way to find a graphic novel you’ll enjoy is to browse the catalog.

If you do a General Keyword search for graphic novels the result will include manga and other graphic novels for a variety of ages, more than 4,000 titles in all.

If you are searching for a graphic novel for adults, this may be too many to search through. So click on “Advanced” in the red bar. At the Advanced screen, use the dropdown Search menu to search by Subject Keyword graphic novels, and NOT, then General Keyword manga. Click on the target audiences Adult Fiction and Adult Nonfiction, then click the arrow button to search and you will reduce the total to a more manageable list of 640.

The graphic styles are as varied as the content, from stripped down line art to photo-realism. The cover art tells you what to expect.

Graphic novels, they’re worth checking out.