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Comics & Graphic Novels



Comics and graphic novels are more than just popular entertainment. They are also a form of visual storytelling that has been used to address a wide range of social, political, and cultural issues.  

This guide is designed to help you explore the exciting and diverse world of comics and graphic novels, as well as provide resources for scholarly research on this important medium.

In this guide you will find:

  • Reference sources
  • Databases
  • Journals 
  • Scholarly articles 
  • Books

Ranging from the history of the medium to its representation of gender, race, and identity. 

If you have any questions or suggestions for additional resources, visit our More Resources page to reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable library staff. Happy reading!

Content Warning

Comics have a long history of problematic representation and treatment of minorities.

For example, early comic books in the US were notorious for their use of racist caricatures and offensive stereotypes of African Americans, Asians, Native Americans, and other marginalized groups.

It is important to recognize the problematic history of comics and to actively work towards more inclusive and diverse representation in the industry.

Content Warning: Some materials contain information about and/or are examples of the historically poor treatment and representation of minorities in comics. They may contain references to: offensive language, stereotypes, and discriminatory practices that readers may find distressing or offensive.

This may include examples of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and other forms of discrimination. Reader discretion is advised.

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This LibGuide was created by Ryn Grotelueschen for their School of Information Capstone Project, Spring 2023.

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