Hello! I’m Crystal Chen, and I’m serving my second year as the Coordinator for the 2022 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Blogging Team. In my daily life, I work as a Young Adult Librarian out of a Bronx branch of The New York Public Library. I live in Brooklyn with one cat and lots of cacti.
The 2022 Great Graphic Novels team is gearing up to create another outstanding list of comics for teen readers ages 12 to 18 (check out our 2021 list!). We want our list to reflect the rich diversity of the teen experience and engage readers from all backgrounds, and we’re looking for books with strong writing and seamlessly integrated artwork that conveys clear visual flow and meaning. For Great Graphic Novels, we consider teen titles (and adult titles with strong teen appeal) that are published between September 1, 2020, through December 31, 2021. If you wish to recommend a comic for committee consideration, please fill out this field nomination form (note that neither publishers nor authors may nominate their own titles).
Great Graphic Novels team members work together to discover, nominate, and second books; review field nominations; write blog posts and annotations; log internal ratings and reviews; and attend monthly to biweekly virtual discussion meetings. Consistent participation is encouraged and members are required to read nominated titles before casting a vote. Final decisions are made in December, including naming a top ten list. Great Graphic Novels generally reviews 100-200 titles per year and considers books in a series as well as standalone titles.
The #GGNT2022 team is made up of 14 YALSA members from different types of library settings and backgrounds all over the country. They are:
- Becky Proie, PA
- Cyndi Hamann, IL
- Dakota Hall, IN
- Denise Farley, GA
- Kacy Helwick, LA
- Kathleen Barker, MI
- Kelley Blue, ME
- Kiera Vargas, KY
- Mitzi Mack, FL
- Rachel Johannigmeier, MO
- Shaira Rock, IL
- Traci Glass, NE
- Dana Hutchins, Admin Assistant, TX
We look forward to getting started this year and reading some new and fantastic comics. If you have any questions, please feel free to email email@example.com.
—Crystal Chen (she/her)
2022 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Coordinator