In the last few years of appearances, I've been fortunate enough to meet and speak with many wonderful librarians, and they all understand the true power of Graphic Novels -- they can get teenagers to read!
I encourage librarians to shop at their local comics stores as often as possible. On the right you will also see a list of comic stores that carry Vögelein, but if you don't see one near you, you can always call the Comic Shop Locator Service at 1-888-COMIC-BOOK (266-4226).The Vögelein books are available from the following retailers:
If you wish to order directly from me, you can do so by sending $12 (special price for libraries only, includes a $3.50 shipping charge) to my PayPal account at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by sending a $12 check or money order to:Fiery Studios
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Note: Please be aware that I only check the PO Box about once every two weeks. If you need to contact me quickly or need an order shipped in a hurry, please contact me online. I cannot guarantee a swift response to mail sent to the PO Box.
Here are some of the very kind things that some popular Library-oriented publications had to say about my first graphic novel, Vögelein: Clockwork Faerie: Booklist, November 1st, 2003
"Gr. 5-up... This modern fable is a rare treasure that weaves fanciful imagination into themes of individuality, diversity, and independence. The art is beautifully shaded black and white, and it carries the narrative impeccably, bringing across both the emotions of the characters and the depth of their world. Great for middle readers who like graphic novels or for younger children to share with an adult."
Booklist also named Vögelein: Clockwork Faerie to its 2003 Top Ten Graphic Novels for Youth.
"This is a touching story, somber and reflective, and Irwin's exquisite, realistic black-and-white paintings fit the book's air of memory and strangeness very well. Recommended for teen and adult fans of prose fantasies in modern settings at all libraries."
"When I settled down to read Jane Irwin's Vögelein, I suspected I was in for a treat, and boy was I right. Vögelein, the title character, is a true heroine: independent, strong-willed, but also at times naive, uncertain, and afraid without being any less strong... The artwork is all grayscale, and the somber quality of the solid and fluid art perfectly fits the tale. This volume acts more as an introduction to Vögelein and her world, and I can only beg for more!"
"Irwin creates an original tale that harks back to good old-fashioned storytelling. Teens who grew up with fairy tales and fantasy will enjoy it ... It's suitable for middle and high school libraries, with some fascinating bits of history and watch making along with the gentle fantasy, and lots of snippets from great poetry of the past."
You can also go here to read the full reviews.
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To help librarians create a collection of excellent graphic novels that includes independently published books such as the one I created, I've spoken with Kalamazoo YA Librarian Kevin King. Kevin was kind enough to lend me these handouts -- the very same ones he uses when giving his presentation at Library conferences.