Digital Graphic Content

Comics Plus® for Public & Academic Libraries

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Brodart is partnering with LibraryPass to bring digital graphic content to libraries — through Comics Plus®. Now you can cater to your graphic-loving patrons by offering a unique tool for accessing a vast range of digital titles, spanning comics, graphic novels, and manga.

Why is this important to libraries?

  • Digital comics are uniquely valuable in supporting literacy & ESL programs
  • Libraries can offer high-demand digital content to their patrons - anytime, anywhere

 

The Comics Plus platform delivers tens of thousands of digital comics, graphic novels and manga to library patrons. Titles are accessible using a smartphone, tablet, or web browser, and downloadable to multiple devices. There is never a wait to read, and never any holds to manage. All titles are available for unlimited access and simultaneous use.

Benefits of Comics Plus:

  • Dramatically expand and diversify your collection
  • Offer unlimited simultaneous access for patrons
  • Increase circulation - online tools let you track and quantify results!

 

Comics Plus is an unlimited simultaneous 24/7 usage platform. Every title is ALWAYS available for offline reading, with unlimited, simultaneous checkout to maximize circulation through book clubs, reading programs, Makerspace activities, and other initiatives. Best of all, patrons need not be physically present at the library to enjoy the content.

There are thousands of titles available, spanning a wide range of ages and genres, with new and backlist titles added every month. Plus, LibraryPass offers a variety of resources to help you maximize engagement and circulation, including monthly webinars, publisher spotlights, curated recommendations, and marketing materials.

Click here for a list of participating publishers.

Age-appropriate Content: 

  • Children (Ages 5-14)
    • Readers: Beginning and early readers in elementary school; active readers in upper elementary and middle school; reluctant and remedial readers of all ages.
    • Formats: Easy readers and picture books to regular comic books, manga, and comic strips.
    • Key Titles: Archie Comics; Avatar: The Last Airbender; Big Nate; Bone; Disney Descendants; Disney Fairies; Geronimo Stilton; Mail Order Ninja; Peanuts; Phoebe and Her Unicorn; March (Books One — Three); They Called Us Enemy
    • Key Publishers: Archie Comics, Andrews McMeel, Capstone, Cartoon Books, Classics Illustrated, Immedium, Lerner, Manga Classics, Papercutz, Rosen, Saddleback Educational
  • Full Access
    • Readers: From early readers through adults
    • Formats: All
    • Key Titles — Memoir & Nonfiction: Everything Is Beautiful, and I’m Not Afraid; Gender Queer; Lighter Than My Shadow; March (Books One — Three); Moebius Library (Parts 1 – 3); Swallow Me Whole; They Called Us Enemy; To Afghanistan and Back
    • Key Titles — Fiction: Astro Boy; Avatar: The Last Airbender; Big Nate; Blade of the Immortal; Bone; Heavy Metal; Hellboy; Invisible Kingdom; Locke & Key; Mail Order Ninja; Peanuts; Snow, Glass, Apples; Stranger Things; The Boys
    • Key Publishers: Archie Comics, Andrews McMeel, BOOM! Studios, Capstone, Cartoon Books, Classics Illustrated, Dark Horse, Dynamite, Fanbase Press, IDW, Immedium, Lerner, Manga Classics, NBM, Tokyopop, Valiant, Zuiker Press


    Click here for detailed descriptions of Comics Plus Age Ratings. 

How Can Comics Plus Help Literacy Programs? 

  • Graphic novels allow students to read above their independent reading level so they can engage with more challenging text
  • Reading graphic novels builds comprehension and critical thinking skills
  • Graphic novels get reluctant readers excited about reading by providing a fun format
  • Adult literacy students also benefit from the inviting, easy-to-engage format
  • For ESL students, the artwork helps clarify and reinforce the meaning behind the text, allowing them to grasp content more quickly
  • Spanish-language graphic titles serve the same function for those learning to speak Spanish

How Does Comics Plus Work? 

The User Experience
Comics Plus users can access the platform from either a website or downloadable app. The interface is easy to use and can be opened on almost any electronic device. Users browse by age range, genre, publisher, or title—or they can use the search box to look up specific titles.
Comics Plus organizes titles with "drawers" — which highlight selections by subjects, series, age ranges or even recent releases — to make finding the perfect read that much easier.

Since Comics Plus is an unlimited simultaneous 24/7 usage platform, patrons are free to read their favorite graphic content wherever and whenever they want. Best of all, since the content is downloadable, patrons don't even need to be online to enjoy reading their favorite titles and series. Titles can be downloaded onto a device (when using the Comics Plus app) or stored in the Cloud (app or web) and kept in "shelves" for easy access during the entire checkout period.

 


The Library Subscriber Experience: Managing Comics Plus
Each library gets a dedicated platform for its users, with a variety of authentication options available. While Comics Plus is easy to find online and in app stores, your patrons need an active library card to access any content.

Libraries also have the power to customize their own Comics Plus collection. Using the Products section of the User Admin Portal, Comics Plus account administrators can search and filter their entire collection to weed individual titles as they see fit. The result is a bespoke service that each individual library offers to its own patrons.

 

System Features & Requirements

 

Getting Started

Are you ready to take the next step?

 

  • Pricing — Affordable tiered pricing makes Comics Plus a smart value for libraries. Contact Brodart for details.
  • Request a Demo — Click here to request a free, no obligation Comics Plus Demo Account.
  • Further Reading — Click here for a comprehensive list of additional information.
  • Resources — Click here for teaching guides, promotional posters, and more from LibraryPass.
  • Posters & Bookmarks — Click here for customizable and standard designs for printable posters and bookmarks from Brodart.

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