For the TDRL Graphic Novel Collection, an item is considered a graphic novel if it follows the sequential art format throughout the majority of the book. Sequential art is considered a series of sequential images used together for graphic storytelling; stand alone images with dialog in speech bubbles are not considered sequential art.
Graphic novels are included in the TDRL collection for educational reasons and include titles aligned with P-12 curriculum as well as popular and classic titles. Titles not appropriate for P-12 classrooms are included in the collection in order to accurately represent the art form and provide library users the opportunity to thoroughly understand the history and trends of the format as well as its potential impact on P-12 classrooms.
All graphic novels are shelved in the graphic novel section regardless of genre. The collection includes:
- General fiction and non-fiction
- Memoirs and biographies
- Adaptations of classical literature or folklore/mythology
- Examples of sub-formats such as manga
- Controversial and challenged titles
- Popular titles across all age categories (children, teens, and mature audiences).
- Historically relevant titles to the genre