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Comics and Graphic Novels

This guide provides helpful information about comic books and graphic novels as subjects of academic research.

Lists & Awards

image of comic text bubble with the word pow!Comics and graphic novels have had lasting impacts on literature, art, film, humor, politics, and culture. 

In academic research, comics and graphic novels have been studied not only in the fields of literature, art, and cultural history, but also in fields such as education - as a gateway to reading for children, an accessible medium for learning a foreign language, and more. 

History & Research

Reading Lists & Databases

Children & Young Adult


Find Graphic Novels @ WCC

1. Click on the link below to browse the library's graphic novel collection virtually. You can jot down the book's call number to find it on the shelf or place a hold on the book and pick it up at the Check-Out Desk. 

2. Search for comic books and graphic novels in the library by using the Smart Search box below or on the library's homepage.

Use subject terms below or search for a specific author or title:

  • comic books
  • graphic novels
  • comics
  • cartoons

Smart Search

3. Browse general fiction* comics and graphic novels on the shelves in the Bailey Library under the Call Numbers PN6700 - PN 6790.  

*Comics and graphic novels are organized by subject and are not all shelved in the same location. Non-fiction graphic novels are shelved within the topic/subject area (philosophy, psychology, medical memoirs, etc.).

Selected Books about Graphic Novels @ WCC