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Comics & Graphic Novels: Introduction

About this guide

Begin your scholarly research or casually learn more about your favorite comic book characters, series, and creators with our Comics & Graphic Novels research guide. This guide includes recommended books, academic databases, creator interviews, publisher listings and more! 

*Image from Action Comics #1, by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel

What is a comic book or graphic novel?

A comic book is a collection of sequential images and text, telling a story or several stories, while a graphic novel is a book composed of comic art and narration that typically tells a single story.

About Our Collection

You can find comic books and graphic novels within the HWC Library collection throughout the PN6700 - PN6790 call numbers.  

To browse our e-book collection for comic books or graphic novels, just visit, then click on the "Online" tab before entering a book title, keyword, or author of interest.  

Reference Summary

Encyclopedia Britannica entries for:

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