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Comics and Graphic Novels Research Guide: Welcome


University Library Comics & Graphic Novels Collection

The University Library now houses a growing number of comic books and graphic novels. The collection includes a wide range of comics, graphic novels, manga as well as scholarship on comics studies. Examples include comics related to superheroes, comic strips, non-fiction & memoirs, science fiction, horror, young adults, and more. The library also has a special collection of Latinx comics which contains over 80 comics and graphic novels by and about Hispanic/Latinx authors and artists and/or feature Hispanic/Latinx characters. Learn more about Latinx comics and superheroes as well as more about the library's Latinx comics collection and you can browse the Latinx Comic collection onlineThe Latinx comics special collection is generously sponsored by a grant from the President’s Commission on Equity and Inclusive Excellence.

The Comics & Graphic Novels collection is located on the first floor of the library. Browse the featured titles below or search the library catalog to find more!  Use the terms  "Comic books", "Graphic Novels", or manga in the library catalog to help limit your results.  You can then further limit your search by author, format, date of publication, etc. using the options in the left sidebar.

Free Comic Book Day- May 4th!

Free comic book day May 4thCelebrate Free Comic Book Day @ the University Library! Each year on the first Saturday of May, the comics industry comes together to encourage curious, first-time comic book readers and seasoned comic book fans by providing free comics at local comic shops and libraries.

Stop by the information desk on the first floor of the library starting Sat. May 4th to pick up a free comic book while supplies last! Grab a free coffee and check out our Comic and Graphic Novel collection while you are there! You can check out comics and graphic novels from the library with your University ID. 


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Featured Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga

It's Lonely at the Centre of the Earth
Jujutsu Kaisen
Ducks:Two Years in the Oil Sands
Mighty Marvel Masterworks: the Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 - the Green Goliath
Black Widow by Kelly Thompson Vol. 1: the Ties That Bind
Witch Hat Atelier 1
Sailor Moon 1
DUNE: the Graphic Novel, Book 1
The Complete Persepolis
One-Punch Man, Vol. 1
American Born Chinese
A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories
Ghost World
Chainsaw Man, Vol. 1
Nat Turner
The Death of Captain Marvel
Trese Vol 1
El Deafo
Dragon Hoops
The Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus - Volume 2
The Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 1
Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 1
Marvel 1602
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Saga of the Swamp Thing
Batman: Year One

Featured Hispanic/Latinx Comic Books & Graphic Novels

El Peso Hero
Burning Down the House : Latin American Comics in the 21st Century
Blue Beetle: Jaime Reyes Book One
Blancaflor, the Hero with Secret Powers: a Folktale from Latin America
Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics
Lowriders to the Center of the Earth
La Perdida
America Vol. 1
Isla to Island
Under the Cottonwood Tree
Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1
Redrawing the Nation
Maggie the Mechanic
JALISCO, Latina Superhero
The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America
Juliet Takes a Breath: the Graphic Novel

Featured Scholarly Books About Comics

Sí, Se Puede
The Power of Comics: History, Form, and Culture
Understanding Comics: The invisible art
Black Comics:Politics of Race and Representation
Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels
The Origins of Comics
Breaking the Frames
American Comics
Alan Moore: A Critical Guide
Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948
Superman: The Persistence of an American Icon
The Cambridge Companion to the Graphic Novel
Comic Book Women: Characters, Creators, and Culture in the Golden Age
All New, All Different?  A History of Race and the American Superhero

Suggest a Title for Purchase

Looking for titles that we don't have? Help us grow our collection by letting us know and we'll look into buying it! Or, ask us to borrow it from another library through our interlibrary loan program.  

Let Us Know What You Think About the Collection

Tell the library what you think about the new comic book and graphic novel collection!

Comics Pedagogy

Databases and Journals with Comics Studies Coverage

Comics Communities & Web Resources

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