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IMAGE COMICS
LIBRARY RESOURCES 
NEWSLETTER



Welcome

 

Image Comics is happy to introduce the very first in our series of bi-monthly Library Resources Newsletters. We hope that with each issue, we can provide support to libraries by offering new and exciting ways to utilize our books. 
 
Every two months, we will deliver:

  • The latest news and reviews
  • New series spotlights (outlining larger themes, ideas for programming, further reading)
  • An expanded programming feature, with event formats rotating every issue
  • A classic, yet timely, backlist series spotlight
  • Useful tools like our latest Edelweiss lists, our most recent book catalog, and information on how you can contact us for information, review copies, ordering and support. 
Going forward we will also take some time to focus on individual libraries and their programming successes! Send us one to two paragraphs about events you have organized,  include photographs and tales of using graphic novels in your library, and we’ll select one branch to feature in every newsletter!


As the publisher of so many diverse and dynamic series by the biggest names in comics we're even more excited about what's to come and look forward to working closely with you and your libraries.

Thanks and enjoy - and please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues!

Chloe Ramos-Peterson
Library Market Sales Representative
chloeramos@imagecomics.com
 

News

AWARDS
Bitch Planet Wins First Ever Virginia Library Association Diversity Award
http://www.comicsbeat.com/bitch-planet-and-march-win-first-virginia-library-association-diversity-award/

Descender, The Fade Out, Paper Girls, and Southern Bastards Lead 2016 Eisner Award Winners
https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/07/image-comics-drawn-quarterly-lead-2016-eisner-awar.html


REVIEWS
Oddly Normal Book 3 by Otis Frampton - School Library Journal, Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews
http://www.slj.com/2016/07/reviews/books/graphic-novels-xpress-reviews-august-2016/
Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan - School Library Journal, Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews
http://www.slj.com/2016/08/reviews/books/graphic-novels-xpress-reviews-september-2016/
Ringside by Joy Keatinge - Library Journal

Series Spotlight


 

FURTHER READING -
IMAGE COMICS

FURTHER READING - 
FICTION
  • Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time by Yasutaka Tsutsui
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

PAPER GIRLS

AUTHOR: Brian K. Vaughan     
ARTIST: Cliff Chiang
AGE RANGE: Teen Plus to Adult

COLLECTED AS: Paper Girls TP Vol 01 (Collects Issues 1-5)
ISBN: 9781632156747 
DIAMOND CODE: JAN160645 

SUMMARY: In the early hours after Halloween on 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and supernatural mysteries collide in this series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.
Among teens and adults, it's impossible to ignore the surge of interest in all things 80s. This Eisner Award winning title is particularly hot with fans of 'Stranger Things.' 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/sep/08/paper-girls-what-to-read-while-waiting-for-more-stranger-things

DISCUSSION POINTS:
  • Adolescence
  • Americana - 1980s
  • Coming of Age
  • Hallowe'en
  • Identity
  • Metamorphosis
  • Mystery
  • Science Fiction
  • Self-Determination
  • Technology
  • Time Travel
PROGRAMMING POTENTIAL:
  • Create your own newspaper, focusing on your branch's community!
  • Take advantage of the Hallowe'en and time-travel aspects of the story and host a costume party. What would Hallowe'en look like in different time periods, in the 1980s, in the FAR FUTURE!
  • Have local paper delivery people share their craziest stories with a discussion group!

Programming Pavilion

RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES
  • Table (2)
  • Items to be used as awards (3)
  • Stick-on paper badges
  • Hallowe'en-themed food and drink optional
SETTING SUGGESTIONS
  • Table for judges
  • Table for food and drink
  • Seating area to the side
  • Platform or area of focus for displaying costumes
HALLOWE'EN COSTUME CONTEST

AGE RANGE: Toddler to Adult
ATTENDANCE: Varies according to space, 20-30
TIME FRAME: Single event, one to two hours

SUMMARY: Invite your patrons to come mingle, enjoy food and drink, and take part in a contest to win books and/or prizes! Provide attendees in costume with a numbered badge. Have a box for silent voting. This program has relatively little setup beyond prodiving space, snacks, and seating if desired. It also serves to provide a safe community space for Hallowe'en festivities, especially useful for communities who may not have access to neighborhoods with Trick-or-Treating or other traditional celebratory activities. Costumed attendees and onlookers get a chance to meet their neighbors, gawk at fantastic outfits, and win prizes to be given out at the end of the program. Contact Image to request promotional materials for use as prizes.

BONUS: Take photographs of event and of contest winners and draft a one-sheet "newspaper" with a brief write-up to post in your branch or email to attendees.

 

Classics Corner


 

FURTHER READING - 
IMAGE COMICS

FURTHER READING - 
FICTION
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diáz
  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
I KILL GIANTS
 
AUTHOR: Joe Kelly   
ARTIST: JM Ken Niimura
AGE RANGE: Teen to Adult

COLLECTED AS: I Kill Giants Fifth Anniversary Edition TP (Collects Issues 1-7)
ISBN: 9781607069850
DIAMOND CODE: MAR140541

SUMMARY: Barbara is an angry elementary-school girl who is known as a freak and claims to be a killer of giants. She faces bullies and storms with no fear, but cannot face what she hides from at home.
This multiple award winning title has retained a consistent level of popularity since its initial publication in 2008. It is a wonderful read for youth and adults, and a powerful teaching tool, as well. In addition, it is currently being adapted for the big screen by Treehouse Pictures, to star Zoe Saldana and Madison Wolfe.
http://variety.com/2015/film/news/zoe-saldana-madison-wolfe-i-kill-giants-1201591274/
 
DISCUSSION POINTS:
  • Adolescence
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Coming of Age
  • Escapism
  • Family Drama
  • Fantasy
  • Friendship
  • Grief
  • Heroism
  • Identity
PROGRAMMING POTENTIAL:
  • Drawing session, have your patrons paint or sketch their "giant(s)" and present them with a brief description to the group.
  • Invite cancer survivors to speak on their coping mechanisms and family/social support systems
  • Design your weapons! Inspired by the Kovaleski War Hammer which Barbara uses in the book, invite your patrons to design their own secret weapons and talk about how they use their inner strengths to defeat the giants of everyday!

Contacts and Ordering Information

2016 BOOK CATALOG




EDELWEISS LISTS
 
FOR LIBRARY INQUIRIES*, CONTACT

LIBRARY MARKET SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Chloe Ramos-Peterson
Phone: 510.548.8094 x221
Email: chloeramos@imagecomics.com

DIRECTOR OF PUBLISHING PLANNING & BOOK TRADE SALES
Jeff Boison
Email: jeffboison@imagecomics.com

*General information, promotional materials, digital review copy requests, and Programming Pavilion submissions.


TO PLACE AN ORDER, CONTACT

DIAMOND BOOK DISTRIBUTORS
US: 10150 York Road, Suite 300
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
Phone: 443.318.8001 x8526
Fax: 410.683.7084
Email:
dbdreorders@diamondcomics.com

DIAMOND BOOK DISTRIBUTORS US:
LIBRARY ORDER SUPPORT
Allan Greenberg
Email: 
gallan@diamondbookdistributors.com

UK: Canalside, Warrington Road, Manor Park
Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1SN
Phone: 01928.531.760
Fax: 01928.531.785
Email: gphil@diamondbookdistributors.com

Also available from Baker & Taylor, Bookazine, Ingram, Lake-Cook Distributors, and other wholesalers


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Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.