Foreword/100 Graphic Novels For Public Libraries


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Introduction, circa 1996, by Neil Gaiman to 100 Graphic Novels For Public Libraries (later revised and renamed as 101 Graphic Novels For Public Libraries) by Stephen Weiner. Neil begins with reminiscing about the library he visited as a boy, a place with many odd corners, and lamenting its replacement with a modern building without interesting nooks and crannies. It includes an abridged version of Neil's anecdote about how he read through the children's section, moving into the adult section. Finally, he discusses the popularity of graphic novels in the 1990s, referencing how Hammersmith Library in London had integrated graphic novels onto their shelves and into their events as an example of how libraries should embrace the medium.

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