Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table

Libraries are invited to apply for the 2023 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

CHICAGO — The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) of ALA and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are pleased to accept applications for the 2023 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries. These grants recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature and awards funds and resources for graphic novel collection development and programming.

2022 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries awarded to Evergreen Park Public Library, Miami-Dade College Libraries, and RCS Community Library

The American Library Association’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are pleased to announce the 2022 recipients of Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries. These grants, funded by the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation, are administered by ALA's Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT).

GNCRT seeks information about censorship of comics in schools and libraries

In February 2022 the Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) launched a new committee focused on preparing for and addressing bans, challenges, and other forms of censorship of comics in libraries. This committee’s focus on comics complements ALA’s broader work on challenges in the Office of Intellectual Freedom and the new Unite Against Book Bans initiative.

Core’s guide to zines in library collections

CHICAGO — Their homegrown and esoteric aesthetic make zines important cultural and historical objects. Including them in library collections is a perfect way to amplify underrepresented voices. But the road from acquisition to cataloging these underground, self-published, and often fragile items can be difficult.

Libraries are invited to apply for the 2022 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

CHICAGO  —  The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) of ALA and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are pleased to announce the opening of the 2022 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries grant cycle. These grants recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature and awards funds and resources for graphic novel collection development and programming and are open to libraries and institutions across North America.

Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table Announces 2020 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List Titles

ALA’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is thrilled to announce the 2020 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List. The best Graphic Novels for Adults reading list highlights the best graphic novels for adults published in late 2019 and throughout 2020 and it aims increase awareness of the graphic novel medium, raise voices of diverse comics creators, and aid library staff in the development of graphic novel collections.

Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table Announces New Best Graphic Novels for Children Reading List - Nominations Open January 2021

ALA’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is pleased to announce the new Best Graphic Novels for Children Reading List. The inaugural year of the reading list will seek to highlight the best graphic novels for children ages 5-11 published in late 2020 and throughout 2021, increase awareness of the graphic novel medium, raise voices of diverse comics creators, and aid library staff in the development of graphic novel collections. The first list will be announced in January 2022.

Libraries are invited to apply for the 2021 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

CHICAGO  —  The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) of ALA and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are pleased to announce the opening of the 2021 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries grant cycle. These grants recognizes libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature and awards funds and resources for graphic novel collection development and programming.

GNCRT, IFRT, and Image Comics team-up to celebrate Banned Books Week with webinar series

ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table and the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table are celebrating Banned Books Week with Image Comics by producing a week-long webinar series featuring creators and librarians in conversation on topics centered around censorship and intellectual freedom. Libraries around the country are invited to welcome their staff and patrons for these exciting conversations during Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, which runs from September 27 – October 3.

BCALA and the ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table collaborate on new Black Lives Matter Comics Reading List

Comic books have always been political. They are both a reflection and a barometer of our times. From the first appearance of Captain America in March 1941 punching the face of Hitler, to recent titles like I am Alfonso Jones and MARCH - titles tackling police brutality and the life story of Congressman John Lewis - comic books have been and continue to be vitally important avenues to visually tell our stories, to share our histories, and to show experiences and multiple perspectives while engaging both sides of our brain.