Ypsilanti District Library

Ypsilanti, Michigan


Ypsilanti District Library's project "Graphic Novels in Healthcare: An Opportunity for Growth" will expand their medical graphic novel collection in conjunction with a program to help medical patients with treatment and recovery. Using graphic novels in this capacity is a relatively new field of study popularized by the UK group Graphic Medicine. A guest speaker will be brought in to meet with health care providers about how to use the books in their practices. Submitted by Jill Morey, Director.

Awards Won

Title Year
Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries - Growth Grant

The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant will provide support to a library that would like to expand its existing graphic novel services and programs. This grant will encourage public awareness on the rise and importance of graphic literature, sequential art, and comics as a literary medium. The objective of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries is to facilitate library-generated programs and services that will promote graphic novels to library patrons and to the local community.

Will Eisner (1917-2005) was an acclaimed American comics writer, artist, teacher, and entrepreneur. He is considered one of the most important contributors to the development of sequential art (a term he coined) and is known for the cartooning studio he founded; for his highly influential comic series, The Spirit; for his use of comics as an instructional medium; for his leading role in establishing the graphic novel as a form of literature with his 1978 groundbreaking graphic novel, A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories; for his 20 years of teaching at the School of Visual Arts, leading to his three textbooks. In a career that spanned nearly seven decades—from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics—Will Eisner was truly the “Father of the Graphic Novel.”

2014 - Recipient(s)