The Carolina Journal looks at the rise of comic books and graphic novels in North Carolina Public libraries and schools. Some say they are useful materials while others, including Independence media specialist Jeff Jones, say he doesn’t see a difference.

However, the genre’s penetration into the schools is mixed. Jeff Jones, the media center specialist at Charlotte’s Independence High School, said there are “50 or 60 books” in the graphic novel collection. “The same people check out a lot of them, but not a lot of different people,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s just for free reading [and] entertainment.”