To be completely redundant, I mean that I want my specialty as a librarian to be the world of comics. I want my co-workers, fellow librarians and patrons to know that they can come to me with any question about any aspect of comics and get a good answer or a good reference. I want to be an advocate for comics and comics readers in the library and beyond.
But before I can do all of that, I have a few items to tackle (in no particular order):
- Making sense of the various names we use for the medium -- comics, graphic novel, etc.
- Getting familiar with its history
- Establishing a working definition
- Exploring how comics relates to other media, especially film, prose and visual art
- Understanding, to the degree possible, the experience of first-time comics readers
- Having a sense of how comics are different and alike around the world and across genres
- Learning the history of comics' treatment in libraries
- Getting to know the world of comics today: its readers, creators, publishers, critics and so on
- Compiling a bibliography of works to help me (and others?) along this path