About this Project

This project “SEEniors: Visual representations of older age in illustrated materials” is funded through the American Library Association’s Carnegie-Whitney Grant. This openly accessible reading guide compiles illustrated materials (including picture books, graphic novels, and comic books) that depict older adults and older age. With this reading guide, our goal is that it will serve as a tool to help librarians develop collections and activities that will serve to question and challenge the stereotypical and often ageist narratives that surrounds aging and older age.

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides an award that is based on a special fund first established by Andrew Carnegie in 1902, “the income of which is to be applied to the preparation and publication of such reading lists, indexes and other bibliographical and library aids as will be especially useful in the circulating libraries of this country.” The Carnegie Fund was subsequently enhanced by a merger with a fund established by James Lyman Whitney in 1910. The Publishing Committee, a standing committee of the American Library Association, administers the grant.

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries.

Link: http://www.ala.org/aboutala/offices/publishing/sundry/alapubawrds/carnegiewhitney

Visual summary from our 2019 Graphic Medicine presentation by @Johnmiers
Visual summary from our 2019 Graphic Medicine presentation by @Johnmiers

We would like to thank the positive and constructive feedback that we received at our presentations. Also, we would like to acknowledge the publishers that responded to our calls for titles to review for inclusion in this project. In particular, we would like to recognize the active interest and support of Nazeli Kyuregyan-Baron, Editorial and Marketing Representative at Europe Comics and Jacq Cohen, Executive Director of Marketing & Publicity, Fantagraphics.
Other publishers that responded to our call and/or facilitated titles for review are: Conundrum Press, Drawn & Quarterly, Humanoids, Koyama Press, Lion Forge, Scholastic, and SelfMadeHero.

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