This guide is here to help you find the best resources for your Library's comics & graphic novel section as well as providing suggestions for works based on the types of books, films, and other media enjoyed by those who have never approached a comic book before or aren't sure where to look next. This is to help the people who see comics as something to be dismissed as a medium as worthy of reading as prose. The medium of comics is a wonderfully diverse place, you just have to know where to look.
Do be aware that this guide is meant to help an adult audience and while there are suggestions that can be for all-ages, such as the all-ages tab, not all are.
A note on terminology: While many libraries utilize the term graphic novel as a catch all for any comic that has a binding and fits on a shelf, I'm limiting it to anything who's first publication is as a whole book, even if that is book one in a series. Exceptions to this are if I'm referencing something, such as an article, that treats the term "graphic novel" as a catch all.
Before you begin your search to bulk up, create, or display your Comics collections, it's important to have an idea of the medium itself and to know that Comics are more than just superheroes and funny animals, that it is a medium unto itself. The best place to start is with the perennial classic Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud. This book, written in the form of a comic, defines what a comic is, talks about the history of the medium, and discusses the intricacies of how they operate. It may get a little heady for the average patron but for those curious enough to take the dive, it is an easily accessible discussion that can deepen anyone's appreciation for the art of comics.
For the purposes of this guide, I'd recommenced reading the first two chapters, as they can be very useful in trying to convince those who might be reticent to try comics or dismissive of them as well as for helping, say, lead a book group.
[Cover image of Will Eisner: Comics and Sequential Art] retrieved November 27, 2018 from http://www.willeisner.com/library/comics-and-sequential-art.html.
Inspiration for the layout comes from Jared Brown's LibGuide on Graphic Novels. https://lisdemo.libguides.com/c.php?g=456470&p=3155321.