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Comics & Graphic Novels

Basic Search Suggestions

Search Terms

Some basic search terms to try:

  • Graphic Novels
  • Comic Books
  • Comics
  • Narrative Art
  • Film Adaptations
  • Cartoons
  • Cartoonists

Boolean Operators

As you search the catalog, databases, or online resources, try using Boolean Operators to broaden or limit your search

AND: search for both keywords

  • Ex. Comic Books AND Fantasy

OR: search for either keyword

  • Ex. Comic Books OR Comic Strips OR Graphic Novels

NOT: exclude a keyword

  • Ex. Graphic Novels NOT horror

IMPORTANT! You must use caps when searching in the catalog with these operators!

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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