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Core graphic novels list released for traditional booksellers

GraphicNovelReporter.com, a leading website for graphic-novel and manga news and reviews, has released a “Core Graphic Novels List” for adults – the first of four lists the website has planned to guide booksellers who would like to stock these titles, but are in need of some reliable information on what to stock to reach this continually growing audience.

“Since we started conceptualizing this site – and even more frequently since it launched in December 2008 – traditional booksellers have asked for guidance on what to buy for their stores,” said company president Carol Fitzgerald. “We see a keen interest from retailers in carrying more graphic novels in stores, but they are overwhelmed by the number of titles out there. Given the depth and breadth of our content, we saw an opportunity to provide these honed lists.”

These edited choices are divided into separate categories to help accommodate particular bookstores’ needs, based on both content and size: beginning with 10 books for those with very small spaces to allot to graphic works, followed by 25 and 100 more selections for those with more room. A nonfiction list is also included.

In the weeks ahead, the website will debut lists for Teen and Kids categories, two of the biggest categories in comics, as well as manga lists again broken out by demographic.

“This is by no means an exhaustive list, nor is it a best-of list. It’s a solid, core list for booksellers who want to branch out into comics selling and build a base,” added John Hogan, Editorial Director of GraphicNovelReporter. “Once they jump in, whether it’s with 10, 25, or 100 or more titles, they’ll quickly learn how strong this category can be for them and also will learn what is interesting to their customers.”

CLICK HERE to view Graphic Novels: A Core List for Booksellers (Adult Fiction and Nonfiction).

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