The secret life of comics: Socializing and seriality

Carol L. Tilley, Sara Bahnmaier

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Dr. Carol Tilley delivered a vision session to the 32nd annual meeting of NASIG in Indianapolis, Indiana, on the history of comics readership and libraries, particularly in the United States during the mid-20th century, and the relevance of comics to libraries in the present. It raised awareness for the audience about progress that has been made on comics collecting and programming, as well as the need for librarians to continue and heighten their enthusiasm for this work. It also reminded us that comics tell stories and communicate ideas. They are part of our cultural heritage and they have been for decades. In questions and answers, the audience discussed both the challenges and the rewards of acquiring and organizing comics at their own institutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-64
Number of pages11
JournalSerials Librarian
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - May 31 2018


  • Censorship
  • Comics
  • Comics librarianship
  • History of comics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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