Superheroes have become a multi-billion dollar industry, with four of the top ten theatrically released films in both 2017 and 2016 being based on comic book properties. Considering that superhero characters started to appear in comics in 1938, though, it can be difficult to know where to start when developing your collections.

In this interactive and informative webinar, a long-time superhero comic fan will teach you how to stop looking at superhero comics as a single genre but instead as multiple genres, allowing you to match materials with your customers.

Topics covered and discussed will include:
The major comic book publishers and “universes”
How to select and recommend titles for all ages
Diversity in superhero comics, especially for YA audiences
Purchasing for single or multiple branches
Digital resources and vendors
Movies and other tie-in media for your collections
Marketing and promotion


Original broadcast April 19, 2018 

Brian Real ~ Biography

Brian Real is a public services librarian for the Calvert Library, a public library system in rural southern Maryland. He holds a Master of Library Science (2011) and PhD in Information Studies (2015) from the University of Maryland, where he currently teaches graduate courses in public libraries and reference services.

Brian served as the lead author of the report Rural Libraries in the United States: Recent Strides, Future Possibilities, and Meeting Community Needs, which was published by the American Library Association in summer 2017. He also edited the volume Rural and Small Public Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities for the Advances in Librarianship book series, which was published in November 2017.