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Comics and Graphic Novels

A guide to finding comic books, graphic novels and research materials about them in the Marquette Raynor Memorial Libraries.

Finding Scholarship on Comics

Since the early 1990s, articles on comics and graphic novels have been appearing in academic journals with increasing frequency.

Comic Databases

Books, Journals and Databases for Comic Scholarship


The following Library of Congress Subject Headings provide a plethora of academic books providing the history, analysis and criticism of comic books and graphic novels.


  • ImageTexT is a peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of comics and related media.


While there is no database exclusively devoted to indexing academic articles about comics and graphic novels, searching in the databases below will return articles published in academic journals centered on literary, visual, and cultural studies.