About this blog

This blog is written and maintained by Peter Thornell, Reference Librarian and Graphic Novel buyer for the Hingham Public Library.  The intent of the blog is both to recommend certain titles, authors and artists, as well as bring attention to the variety of books in our collection.  I hope to provide one new entry each week, though I will add new posts as time or interest demands.  I hope you take advantage of HPL’s Graphic Novel collection, and everything else our library has to offer.

A point of definition:  the entire section is referred to as the “Graphic Novel” section, though most of the titles we own fall more under the category of Trade Collections.  Technically, a Graphic Novel is a work created as one piece – like Pride of Baghdad or Blankets.  A trade collection is the gathering of several monthly comic issues into one bound collection, like Batman: Hush or Ultimate Spider-Man v.1, usually creating a complete story arc within that volume.  The vast majority of the books we own are trade collections, but Graphic Novel is a much easier term to use and is more widely recognized, so I opted for that term, though I’m aware it’s not technically correct.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brendan Purves
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 11:06:46

    Hi Peter, Ai InSite, an online trend magazine, is doing a story on graphic novels, and I was wondering if you would be available for an interview on the subject. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

    Brendan Purves


    Jun 23, 2011 @ 09:18:12

    A brave endeavour Peter which I wholeheartedly support. I read your piece on ‘American Born Chinese’ which echoes so many of my own feelings. I have been in the industry for over 30 years and still find pleasure in a well written, well illustrated slice-of-life comic book. So much so I published a few myself! Public libraries are the perfect place for such literature to my thinking and I’d be pleased to hear from you about any mutual help we could offer each other.
    Kind Regards from the UK.


  3. Chris Kohout
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 18:53:36

    Do you cover works in progress as well?

    Live Rounds is an action graphic novel being created through a Kickstarter campaign: http://kck.st/qQVbh4

    When a team of bounty hunters is hired to find a young corporate thief, they soon discover their target is innocent, and their boss is a charming but ruthless drug lord who wants the kid dead. Refusing to hand him over, the team are now on the run from their own employer.

    Any coverage you could provide would be much appreciated!



  4. Bruce Brown
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 21:20:31

    My name is Bruce Brown and I am the author of Howard Lovecraft & The
    Frozen Kingdom. It is an all ages book to introduce children to the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
    The first book was featured in the Chicago Tribune and Rue Morgue magazine.
    The next installment in the series is coming out Howard Lovecraft & The
    Undersea Kingdom.
    I would like to request a review of my book. I am sure your readership
    has many Lovecraft fans that would be interested in this very unique book.

    I look forward to hearing from you.



  5. Aquatic Gypsy Studio
    May 23, 2014 @ 16:06:41


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