Operation: Superheroes and Japanese Art Exhibit

by Adriana Flores Heard

Length of Program

50 minutes

Program Description

Invite representatives from a local comic book store or regular bookstore, or invite a local cartoonist to the library to present a program on popular comics. Possible topics are: developing a comic book character, developing a story line, or drawing inventively. Ask teen artists to bring a drawing and host an art exhibit in the teen section of the library, or hold a contest based on the topic of the program.


  • Schedule the time and date and invite a presenter at least two-three months in advance.
  • Create a bibliography of comic books and comic book series at your library.
  • If your library does not have a comic book collection, create a “Wish List” and let teens suggest titles.
  • Recruit teens to create a display to advertise program.

Comic Book Wish List

If I could buy the top ten best comic books for the library, they would be:

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If your city does not have a comic bookstore or a bookstore, invite teens to bring their favorite comics to share and talk about with others. Begin the program with the comic book trivia contest, “Behind the Mask?” at the end of the program.

Books to Display

  • Batman: The Ultimate Guide To The Dark Knight by Scott Beatty.
  • Creating The X-Men: How Comic Books Come To Life by James Buckley, Jr.
  • Dragon Ball Z. Vol. 1. Story and Art by Akira Toriyama.
  • How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way by Stan Lee & John Buscema.
  • Sailor Moon 2 by Naoko Takeuchi.
  • Spider-Man Volume 1 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
  • Star Wars. Episode II, Attack Of The Clones based on the story by George Lucas; written by R.A. Salvatore.
  • The Superman Madman Hullabaloo! Story and art by Mike Allred.

Books to Booktalk

  • Manga Mania: How To Draw Japanese Comic by Christopher Hart.
  • Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud.

Web Sites

BBC’s The Science Behind Superheroes Game: Are You a Superhero?

Comic Books for Young Adults: A Guide for Librarians

DC Comics

The Librarian’s Guide to Anime and Manga

Marvel Comics

Video Recordings

  • The Castle of Cagliostro. (109 minutes )
  • Princess Mononoke. (133 minutes)
  • Spiderman. (121 minutes)
  • Superman. (151 minutes)


  • Wizard.
  • Wizard Anime Invasion.

Professional Resource

The 101 Best Graphic Novels by Stephen Weiner.



Texas Reading Club 2003 Programming Manual / Mission Possible Spy Book!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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