OYAN Graphic Rave 2016 winners!

Photograph of vintage illustration featuring classic comics characters with the text COMICS: READ ONE TODAY!
Every year, OYAN members choose their favorite graphic novels for teens of the year with an eye for balance across genre, format, protagonist identity, and content and with special consideration for smaller or independent as well as Pacific Northwest publishers. (For details, see the official selection process.)

The votes have been counted; here are this year’s winners!

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Graphic Rave 2014

Survey Monkey is ready to start taking your votes for the Graphic Rave 2014


Please refer to the attached spreadsheet for more information about each nominated title.  There is a choice for a “no” vote.  If you feel strongly that a nominated book does not deserve to be a part of the Graphic Rave, please vote no.  Please, please only use the “no” vote if you feel a certain book is very inappropriate for this list – not just something you don’t personally like.  I’ll subtract no votes from the yes votes to get a total.  If you like a title, vote yes!  Survey Monkey uses IP addresses to remember votes; you’ll be able to add votes as you keep reading nominated titles, as well as see how you’ve already voted (assuming you always vote from the same computer).

You can vote until July 21st (since I’m a little late getting this out).  Be prepared to discuss and debate the results at the Summer Membership meeting on July 25th.


Thanks for voting!

Traci Glass

Teen Services Librarian

We’re on a rave…a Graphic Rave!

Do you like comics? Superheroes? Manga? Graphic novels? So do we!

And, at OYAN, we’re thankful for artists and authors who create these beautiful, intense, humorous, heart-wrenching, action-packed, poetic, and otherwise awesome reads for us to enjoy. If you’re thankful, too, then print a copy of the brochure below to share with friends and teens who will, well… thank you for it!

Check out the OYAN picks for this year’s all-new Graphic Rave in an all-new PDF format – yay!

Happy Thanksgiving – and, as always, happy reading – from OYAN!

2012 OYAN Graphic Rave Brochure

Getting Graphic with Ruth Allen

Previously published on Multnomah County Library’s Embarrassment of Riches blog at http://blogs.multcolib.org/readers/

I must confess that I loathe manga. I think the characters’ huge eyes are disturbing, and I find most of the plots mystifying at best and insipid at worst. Even though I’ve had a number of people explain the appeal, I still don’t find them appealing. I’m sure the problem is with me since millions of other people seem to enjoy manga. I do, however, occasionally enjoy a good graphic novel and I’ve read three this past week that hit the spot.

I was recently in Amsterdam, and when I got back, I read A Family Secret, a graphic novel that is set in that city during World War II. The story is about two girls – one Dutch and the other a Jewish German who left Germany with her family to escape the Nazis. The Dutch family members represent a variety of Dutch people’s positions during the war: one brother joins the Resistance; another joins the army and fights in Russia with the Germans; the father is a policeman who finds no other choice than to keep doing his job even when the Nazis require him to do things his family would rather he didn’t; and the girl and mother are sickened by what’s happening in their city. The story was compelling and the twist at the end was satisfying. I’m looking forward to reading the companion book, The Search.

Oregon is the home of the most recent women’s Olympic gold medalist in fencing (2008), and so I decided to read a bit more about the sport when I saw Foiled by Jane Yolen on the shelf. Aliera is a loner at school who is awesome at fencing. She basically goes from high school to fencing lessons to home, and then does it all over the next day. She doesn’t need anyone, and the other students certainly don’t seem to need her. But then the new school year starts and a gorgeous new boy ends up being her lab partner. What to do?Her fencing instructor has always said she needs to protect her heart, but that’s now proving to be difficult. I thought this was going to be a straightforward romance, but it turned out to be something a little different.

Another sort of different story is Prime Baby by Gene Luen Yang. Many of us who have siblings have wondered at one time or another if our brothers and sisters might have come from outer space. When Thaddeus’s young sister begins making noises, all of which come out in prime numbers (eg. “ga ga ga” and “ga ga ga ga ga”), he thinks his sister might be an alien. Everybody thinks he’s crazy, but then something happens that surprises everyone BUT Thaddeus. I liked the sassy, snarky kid – he’s got brains, imagination and, in the end, heart.