GNCRT X REFORMA Collaboration Core List


Our Collaboration

Following the successful collaboration between the Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable (GNCRT) and the Black Caucus American Library Association (BCALA), the GNCRT and REFORMA are pleased to announce their new Collaboration Core Comics Reading List project. The planned final annotated list will feature high-quality graphic novels that showcase Spanish-speaking and Latino stories and creators. GNCRT and REFORMA hope that this core list will continue to grow and will serve as an important resource that advocates for the development of library comics collections that meet the needs of Spanish-speaking and Latino populations.

Specifically, the list will recognize the best published graphic novels for all ages and in a range of genres with diverse characters and stories,. The goal of the list is to increase awareness of the validity of the rich and diverse format of graphic novels and to specifically showcase Latino stories, characters, and creators. The list will act as an aid to librarians and library workers in the development and promotion of these graphic novels and will serve as an aid for readers’ advisory.

Nominations are now closed for the GNCRT x REFORMA Collaboration Core List.

Look out this summer for the official announcement of the final list!


REFORM in collaboration with the ALA's Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table present Portrayal of Latinos in Comic Books. Tuesday, May 21. 2024 2pm ET / 1pm CT 12 pm MT / 11am PT images of panelists in comic layout. Itzel, Ashely Robin Franklin, Jesus Cossio, Edgardo Mirando-Rodriguez, Frederick Luis Aldama

Portrayal of Latinos in Comic Books

REFORMA and ALA’s GNCRT presents a 1.5 hour webinar exploring a myriad of topics highlighting the portrayal of Latinos in comic books. These include the rich mixed ethnic and cultural backgrounds of characters in comic books, stereotypes in Latino portrayals, and publishing and translation issues. Additionally, panelists will share highlights of work between REFORMA and the GNCRT to publish a joint booklist!

The event will be moderated by Dan Johnson, Youth Librarian at the Salem Public Library.


Recording coming soon!

The Committee

To compile the list, GNCRT and REFORMA are forming a joint committee, composed of fourteen members from both GNCRT and REFORMA.

The Collaboration Core List Committee is supported in creating this landmark list by Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama as their liaison to the GNCRT Board.


  • Christina Vortia (Co-Chair)
  • Molly Anderson
  • Fiorella Casella
  • Dot Castro (Admin Assistant)
  • Teresa McGinley
  • Jo Nickerson-Harper
  • Rosanne North-Jack


  • Maria Vega (Co-Chair)
  • Jessica Agudelo
  • Rosa Diaz
  • Yesica Hurd
  • Dan Johnson
  • Tina Lerno
  • Katherine Martinez-Santos