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Graphic Novels

This guide will help you locate comics and graphic novels in the library collection, as well as provide links to criticism (journal articles, books, book chapters, and reference works).

Searching Tips

Due to the wide variety of terminology used by creators, readers, and cataloguers, it would be wise to try a number of keywords in your seaches for results.

  • graphic novels
  • cartoonists
  • cartoon
  • comics
  • comic books
  • comic strips
  • manga
  • bandes dessinees, bande dessine
  • anime

Related terms: interviews, criticism, interpretation, authorship

Books in the Library Catalogue

Here is the result of a broad search for books relating to graphic novels held at our library.

For specific, known titles, search by "Title begins with" field within the library's catalogue (Books & media).

Graphic Novels -- History and Criticism

For a more focused set of book results of scholarly work related to graphic novels, see the list of titles falling under the following subject heading:

Best Article Databases for Graphic Novels

Journals about Graphic Novels

Here is a list of journals available in the library catalogue. These are good for browsing for articles and for serendipitous discoveries.

To find articles on a specific topics, use a journal database (as above) to retrieve results of published academic articles.


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