Welcome to the Burke Library Comics and Graphic Novels LibGuide.
According to Jessica Abel, comics is a “medium for expression information and/or artistic ideas that is defined by images used in a sequence…” From newspapers, magazines, and trade issues to editorial cartoons, graphic novels and web comics, this wonderful medium of storytelling through pictures is also referred to as a graphic narrative. A precursor can be found in the picture story albums of the 19th-century Swiss writer Rodolphe Töpffer, who also wrote novels. Today writers, artists, cartoonists, historians, and scholars from a wide range of fields and expertise use graphic narratives to explore new ideas, offer satirical commentary, entertain, and document history.
This guide highlights the graphic novels and comics research resources Burke Library owns, our extensive collection of this genre, and provides links to online resources for comics and graphic novel news, reviews, and research.
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