MDC’s Learning Resources Department Wins Prestigious Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant for Libraries

Miami, November 9, 2022 – Miami Dade College‘s (MDC) Educational Resources Department received a national honor 2022 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant for Libraries, which provides support to libraries wishing to expand their existing graphic novel services and programs.

This grant will help fund “Mirror, Mirror: Seeing Us in Graphic Novels,” a project developed by Erick Dominicis, Victor Calderin, Teresa Cusidor, Isabel Duque, Dennis Edelen, Adrian Legaspi, Christina Machado-Dillon, Jenny Saxton and the MDC Graphic Novel Groupa collection of faculty, administrators, and college-wide staff dedicated to promoting graphic literature and its use for interdisciplinary education, social awareness, and personal enrichment.

“Mirror, Mirror: Seeing Ourselves in Graphic Novels” focuses on the idea that discussing and creating sequential art focused on body image can help the College’s diverse student population deal with racism, sexism , ableism and other societal pressures. The project includes plans for a series of events that encourage students to share their own stories in graphic novel form during the Spring 2023 term.

The prize includes $2,000 to purchase graphic novels for MDC Libraries, $1,000 to support a series of graphic novel-themed events, and $1,000 for a representative from MDC Learning Resources to attend. the grand reception at the American Library Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. Additionally, MDC Libraries will receive approximately 175 books valued at $3,000, including a selection by and about Will Eisner, and a collection of titles winners of this year’s Will Eisner Awards at Comic-Con International.

Sponsored by the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation and administered by the Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table of the American Library Association, the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries encourages public awareness of the rise and importance of graphic literature, sequential art and comics as a literary medium. Will Eisner (1917-2005) is considered one of the most influential creators of comic books and graphic novels and is best known for his comic book series The mind.

For more information on the Graphic Novel Groupthe Graphic Novel Book Club or the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Scholarship for Libraries, please contact MDC Kendall Campus Faculty Librarian Jenny Saxton at 305-237-2075, or [email protected]

About the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation

The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation encourages innovation and creativity in graphic literature, sequential art, and comics. It encourages others to continue and build on the legacy of Will Eisner, who pioneered the development of visual storytelling and comic book language. Will Eisner is best known for being the creator of The Spirit comic book, for developing comic books for education and training, and for writing the first modern graphic novel. For more information about Will Eisner, visit www.willeisner.com.

About the Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable

The American Library Association’s Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable is dedicated to supporting library staff in all aspects of engagement with graphic novels and comics, including collection development, programming and advocacy. For more information, connect with GNCRT on Facebook: ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table; Twitter: @libcomix; Instagram: @libcomix; or the GNCRT ALA Connect page.

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