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Literature in English: Graphic Novels

Tips for Searching for Graphic Novels and Comics in our Collection

You will find graphic novels and comics (and books about them) scattered throughout our collection.  Some likely places include the circulating collection on the second floor of King in the P section, the folios (over-sized books) on the second floor of King, the Instructional Material Center on the ground floor of King, Special Collections, the Wertz Art and Architecture Library at Alumni Hall, and our branch campus libraries.  When you find a relevant book in our catalog, pay careful attention to the location.

The names for these kinds of works can vary greatly (graphic novels, comics, comix, sequential art, etc.).  You may need to try more than one term for what you are looking for.  One helpful subject heading is:

Comic books, strips, etc.

Two relevant call number ranges are:

PN6700-6790=Comic books, strips, etc.

NC1300-1766=Pictorial humor, caricature, etc.

Plus check out these tips for finding scholarly literature on graphic novels from Columbia University Libraries.

New Graphic Novels and Comics in the Collection

Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels


Special Collections and Museums

Reference Books about Graphic Novels and Comics

Booker, M. Keith. Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels. 2 volumes.  King Reference PN6707 .E49 2010

Gaumer, Patrick.  Dictionnaire Mondial de la Bande Dessinée.  King Reference  PN6707 .G39 1998

Horn, Maurice.  The World Encyclopedia of Comics. 7 volumes.  King Reference PN6710 .W6 1998

Kannenberg, Gene, Jr.  500 Essential Graphic Novels: The Ultimate Guide. King Reference PN6710 .K35 2008

Pawuk, Michael.  Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and MoreKing Reference  PN6710 .P38 2007

Pendergast, Tom, and Sara Pendergast.  U-X-L Graphic Novelists. King Reference NC1305 .P46 2007