updated second edition

Graphic Novels have been getting tremendous attention as the fastest growing segment of book publishing. At 300% in the last 3 years it presents quite a counterpoint to an industry otherwise in the doldrums. It seems every publisher now wants in.

The production level has multiplied tremendously with over 2000 titles a year. But what=s really worth picking up?

Now we can get a handle on that with this updated edition of this very successful guide of the best graphic novels, of all stripes, >mainstream= (in comics that still means superhero) to >independent=, that are presently available (and we emphasize this last point as choice was definitely made between books that can be bought, eschewing those out of print, so this is not a best list of all time).

Over 50% of the listings are entirely new from the last one with a great deal more manga included. Dropped are related books except for a good guide for more reading on the subject: books about comics and graphic novels. Also dropped are comic strip collections.

Stephen Weiner is director of a Massachusetts library and a specialist in bringing graphic novels to public libraries. This guide is, in fact, a revision of a previous version by him brought out years ago by Kitchen Sink Press with the more narrow scope AThe 100 Best Graphic Novels for Public Libraries.@ From that, we still retain the eloquent introduction by Neil Gaiman. Indeed libraries have been showing true leadership in recognizing the power of this medium to bring kids back to books.

6x9, 80pp., hardbound: $15.95, ISBN 1-56163-443-3; paper: $9.95, ISBN 1-56163-444-1