Comics have become a cultural medium with more and more followers over the last few years. Which is why Barcelona Libraries are offering users at all libraries an extensive collection of comics for children, teenagers and adults. The collection features all the main comics, and boasts a variety of styles, trends, geographical origins, etc.
You'll find all sorts: romantic, costume drama, adventure, science fiction, police, horror, comedy, social protest and criticism, and biographies. The comic collection is supplemented with books on comic techniques and magazines.
Several of the city's libraries are offering comic-related activities to publicise them and encourage people to read them, by making library users aware of them: meetings with authors and specialists from the world of comics, presentations of new developments in comics, exhibitions, workshops, comic-reading clubs and anime- and manga-reading clubs.
The Ignasi Iglésias - Can Fabra Library specialises in comics. It currently houses the most important collection of comics in all the city's libraries. And It continues to update its collection, periodically incorporating the latest comics to appear in the publishing market. It also has a very important historical collection, with representative works in several formats (albums, fanzines, comic-books and magazines). And it includes a collection donated by FICOMIC, the organisers of the Barcelona International Comics Fair.
Other libraries with specialist comic collections include the:
The library has a special collection dedicated to the Bruguera Publishing House, to remind people of it and the importance of its works. The collection includes comics that give rise to feelings of nostalgia among many library users for a bygone era, associated as they are with their childhood and teenage memories.
The library has a special collection of Mortadelo and Filemón comics, based on the characters created by the illustrator Francisco Ibáñez, a resident of the Verneda neighbourhood.
This collection, created in collaboration with the Goethe Institut of Barcelona, is unique in the city and is articulated around the German-speaking countries: Germany, Austria and Switzerland.