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The annual Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN) Graphic Rave is a list of the best graphic novels, manga, comics, and graphic memoir with young adult appeal published in the previous year, as nominated and chosen by library workers across Oregon who provide services for middle and high school-aged youth.

Goals:

  • To provide libraries across Oregon with a vibrant, reliable, high quality list of recommended graphic novel and manga purchases for readers of middle and high school age (generally 6th-12th grade)
  • To include a variety of genres (fantasy, science fiction, realistic fiction, historical fiction, nonfiction, mystery, etc.)
  • To represent a diverse mix of authors and stories, reflecting a mix of cultural, sexual, gender, socioeconomic identities and experiences.
  • To include at least three manga titles each year
  • To include at least one nonfiction title
  • To include at least two superhero titles
  • To include at least three titles with connections to the Pacific Northwest (publisher/author/illustrator/setting)

Eligible books:

Must be published between March 1 of the previous year and April 30 of the current year. (*Note: This overlap allows books published later in the cycle to be considered for the following cycle, in the event they were missed because nominators were not yet aware of them.)

  • Books that fall into the eligible window but included in a prior Rave list will not be considered again.
  • A maximum of two graphic novels by an author or illustrator may be included on a single Graphic Rave list. In the event that more than two books by the same author are nominated, only the two highest vote-getters will be included.

Timeline:

  • April-May - Call for nominations to OYAN members and others interested through the OYAN and OASL list-servs, Libs-OR list-serv, OYAN blog, OYAN Facebook page, and the Oregon Library Association Hotline
  • June-July - Voting on nominated titles by the OYAN membership through an invitation to current members on Memberclicks
  • July - Bring the results of the voting to the Summer OYAN Membership meeting for discussion/refining as needed
  • August-September - Second round of voting (if needed) to finalize list
  • October - Share color and b/w versions the final list through the OYAN website, blog, social media, list-serves, and OLA Hotline

Maintained by the OYAN Web Editor

Last updated: 6/21/21

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