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Graphic Novels

Resources for researching Graphic Novels


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Kate Steffens
Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028
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Websites about Graphic Novels

Fantagraphics is a publisher of graphic novels.

DC Comics is home to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, The Flash, Green Lantern, The Watchmen and many other classic comic book superheroes.

Must Read Manga and Graphic Novels from Penguin Random House

Newspaper Articles

Newspaper articles can be useful for locating reviews of exhibitions, artist interviews, and biographical information on artists.   You may need to use a variety of databases for complete coverage of newspaper articles. 


Special Database

Finding books

When searching the Library Catalog for books about graphic novels and their authors and illustrators, keep in mind that catalog records are very brief representations of information. 

For example, subject headings about graphic novels will look like:

  Graphic novels -- History and criticism.

  Comic books, strips, etc. -- History and criticism.

If you are looking for discussion about a particular author or illustrator, try searching the name as a subject heading, or combine the name in a keyword search with concepts terms such as "criticism" or "interpretation."

Books from the Catalog

Databases for Art and Design journals

These databases access the journal literature for Art and Design.