ALIA Graphic April 2021 Roundup and Book Club Announcement

by | Apr 30, 2021 | graphic novel club, monthly roundup | 0 comments

Do you want to
provide the best Readers’ Advisory around comics that you can?

Do you get nervous about what graphic
novels your library should be purchasing?

Do you want to read these materials yourself,
but don’t know where to start?

Luckily for you, ALIA Graphic Novels
and Comics is starting a book club especially for librarians! 

Each month, we will have a theme to
help with professional development in libraries and we have put a lot of
thought into how these themes can grow both a love of comics and further best
practice around their use in libraries. 

Our first meeting will be all about
introducing new readers to comics and so we will be looking at some good
starters: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven
Scott, and Harmony Becker; Ms Marvel volume 1: No Normal, by G Willow
Wilson and Adrian Alphona; and Alone by Christophe Chabouté. These
choices represent a mix of the different genres that comics and graphic novels
can cover and are all great gateways for reading and worth having in library

of the things we’ll be discussing include how (and when) to include comics in
recommendations, preconceptions people may have about the medium and how they
can overcome them, and what qualities make a comic an ideal introduction to the

This book club will be open to librarians from across Australia (and beyond) and as such will be held online. Our first meeting is planned for Sunday July 25th at 3:00pm AEST and we hope to make it a monthly event. Please send an email to to let us know if you’re interested. We look forward to chatting with you about all things graphic novels, comic books, and libraryland!

The April Roundup is also available as a podcast, with Iurgi and James discussing the latest news, their favourite new release graphic novels and discussing the upcoming book club. The episode also includes an interview with Daniel Wee, a specialist collections librarian at Monash University. He’s the custodian of old rare books and that includes one of the largest collections of comics in Australia. You can listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts and if you like what we’re doing, hit the subscribe button and leave a review.


Collections & PD

Media & Resources

New Releases

  • Junior and YA

    • Dear Super-Villains – Michael Northrop, Gustavo Duarte (DC Kids)

    • Hound Heroes #1: Beware The Claw – Todd Goldman (Scholastic)

    • The Last Kids on Earth: Thrilling Tales From the Treehouse – Max Brallier and various artists (Viking Books for Young Readers)

    • A Shot in the Arm: Big Ideas That Changed the World – Don Brown (Abrams)

General Adult

  • Black Widow Vol. 1: The Ties That Bind – Kelly Thompson, Elena Casagrande (Marvel Comics)

  • Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles – Fermin Solis (SelfMadeHero)

  • Hellblazer: Rise and Fall – Tom Taylor, Darick Robertson (DC Comics)

  • Sirens of the Norse Sea: The Waters of Skagerrak – Françoise Ruscak, Gihef, Philippe Briones & Marco Dominic (Humanoids)

  • Still Alive – Safdar Ahmed (Twelve Panel Press) – could also be YA

  • Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn  – Anthony Burch (Boom! Studios)

  • Sleeping Beauties Vol 1 – Stephen King, Owen King, Rio Youers, Alison Sampson (IDW)

  • Suicide Squad: Bad Blood – Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo (DC Comics)


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