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Comics, Graphic Novels & Sequential Arts: Searching for Comics

This guide provides information on how to search Copley Library's growing comic book, graphic novel and other sequential arts (e.g. Manga), collection highlights, how to read sequential arts, citation tips, critical studies in comics/graphic novels, and m

Finding Comics & Graphic Novels

Searching Online

When searching for specific comics or comics studies, we recommend conducting keyword, author, or title searches. Beginning your search on the advanced search page of the Copley Library online catalog will allow you to filter your search by specific fields. For general browsing of comics and comics studies categories, the below subject headings may be of use. You also can filter your search by subject heading in the advanced search options.

By Format

  • Comic strips

  • Comics

  • Manga (Comic books, strips, etc.)

  • Webcomics

  • Newspapers--Sections, columns, etc.--Comics

  • Graphic Novels

By Genre

  • Detective and mystery comic books, strips, etc

  • Documentary comic books, strips, etc

  • Erotic comic books, strips, etc

  • Superhero comic books, strips, etc

  • Superheroes -- United States

  • Underground comic books, strips, etc

  • Webcomics

  • Western comic books, strips, etc

  • Autobiographical comics

  • Graphic medicine (Comics)

By Country of Origin/Setting of Narrative

  • "Country"--Comic books, strips, etc

By Character

  • "Fictitious character"-- Comic books, strips, etc

Comics Studies (Topical)

  • Moral and ethical aspects comic books, strips, etc

  • Social issue comic books, strips, etc

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

  • Genderqueer comics

  • Visual perception--Comic books, strips, etc. Knowledge,

  • Theory of--Comic books, strips, etc. Imagery (Psychology)

  • Comic books, strips, etc., in education

  • Comic books, strips, etc--Study and teaching.

  • Visual perception--Comic books, strips, etc.

  • Knowledge, Theory of--Comic books, strips, etc.

  • Imagery (Psychology)--Comic books, strips, etc.

  • Communication--Methodology--Comic books, strips, etc.

  • Female friendship--Comic books, strips, etc.

  • Politics and culture--Egypt--Comic books, strips, etc.

  • Culture conflict--Comic books, strips, etc.

Reference Books on Comics & Graphic Novels

Film & Media