Comics Are Great! 60 – Getting Your Comics into Libraries with Erin Helmrich
Topics: Find new audiences through libraries, publishing, and self-promotion
Many of us agree that web publishing is a terrific way to build an audience for your comic, graphic novel, or comic strip. It’s an easy, low-risk way for audiences to try before they buy. And the same is true for getting your books into libraries! But how does one do it? Do you just walk in and toss your book across the information desk? And even once your book is in the library’s collection, how can you take steps to let the library’s patrons know that it’s there?
We’re joined by Erin Helmrich, Teen Librarian and Comics Selector for the Ann Arbor District Library, who drops a ton of great advice for cartoonists who hope to get their work into library collections.
And as usual, we close with some great comics recommendations!
Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting them!):
- The Printz Awards
- Teen Boat!
- MARC Records
- Clare, Michigan
- The Eisner Awards
- Joe Foo
- The Walking Dead
- Archie comics
- Are You My Mother?
- AADL’s Hot Graphic Novel List
- Kids Read Comics
- The AADL Summer Game
Comics and Book Recommendations:
- Archie Americana Series
- Chew Volume 1: Tasters Choice
- Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb
- Stuck in the Middle: 17 Comics from an Unpleasant Age
- PC Weenies