Monday, July 23, 2007

P.O.W.E.R. In Comics Back To School Book Drive

If you have not already joined P.O.W.E.R. in Comics, you should do so now.

another action idea here:

A comic book/graphic novel drive.

Collecting comics & graphic novels from: local comic retailers and book stores (can even ask them to participate and collect comics from customers) and ourselves.

Donate these comics and graphic novels to either local schools or local libraries - or somewhere else if someone has another idea. I know my community has a Literacy Council -- a group that helps teach people to read - an an organization like that would also be a good target for these, as comics are often less threatening to people who can't read than regular books are.

Since it is also convention season, people could even ask publishers there if they have any overstock they'd like to donate to the cause.

We'd start soon and go through August, donating the books after Labor Day (September 4th and later).

Please share what you think of this idea and weather or not you would participate.

(bumped up)


Elayne said...

I've tried donating comics (particularly to libraries), and have found most places around here won't take them because they can't be sure the content is all-ages suitable.

Lisa said...

This is part of the problem! Libraries need to be educated that they are NOT just for kids. If you do donate, just let them know which are appropriate for which. Our local library was initially misunderstanding that comics were not just for kids, as many seem to do. Even those purchasing graphic novels for the library sometimes put them all in the children's section. Part of getting libraries to understand the popularity of graphic novels and the need to stock them is having them understand that they are not just all for kids and how to know which are for kids and which are for adults. As well as explaining to them that adults DO and WILL check out comics and graphic novels. In some libraries graphic novels in the adult section are the most requested and most often checked out books there.