Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are, simply defined, book-length comics. Sometimes they tell a single, continous narrative from first page to last; sometimes they are collections of shorter stories or individual comic strips. Comics are sequential visual art, emphasizing everything from drama, adventure, character development, striking visuals, politics, or romance over laugh-out-loud comedy.

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Links

  • Columbia University Libraries - Graphic Novel Page
    A university website with a compilation of weblinks, including awards, publishers, conventions, and blogs.
  • Comic Book Resources
    Comic book news updated daily.
  • Comics Timeline
    The history of comics in America.
  • Dark Horse Books
    Home of Buffy, Conan, Hellboy, Frank Miller, Star Wars, and more.
  • DC Comics
    Home to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, The Flash, Green Lantern, The Watchmen and many other classic comic book superheroes.
  • Drawn and Quarterly
    Candian publisher of independent and alternative graphic novels from artists like Lisa Hanawalt, Joe Sacco, Lynda Barry, Kate Beaton, and Tove Jansson.
  • Fantagraphics
    Publisher of alternative comix, classic comics, and graphic novels from creators like Peter Bagge, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Ellen Forney, and Chris Ware to name just a few.
  • Free Comic Book Day
    The official website of Free Comic Book Day, the first Saturday in May when comic book stores give away free comics to their customers.
  • Google Play
    Enjoy millions of the latest Android apps, games, music, movies, TV, books, magazines & more, including the Overdrive Media Console and Hoopla apps.
  • IDW
    Home of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Locke and Key, Star Trek, Transformers, G.I. Joe, and My Little Pony.
  • Image
    Image is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by seven of Marvel Comics’ best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to become the third largest comics publisher in the United States.
  • iTunes App Store
    Browse and download apps to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch from the App Store, including the Overdrive Media Console and Hoopla apps.
  • Kindle App Store
    Instant access to thousands of the most popular free and best-selling apps and games, including the Overdrive Media Console and Hoopla apps.
  • LGBTQ+ Representation In Libraries
    Panels discusses LGBTQ+ representation In libraries, specifically when it comes to graphic novels and comics.
  • Marvel Comics
    Home of Spider-Man, X-Men, The Avengers, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, and many other legendary comic book characters. Excelsior!
  • Newsarama
    Source for comic book news, reviews and all-things genre entertainment since 1998.
  • NOOK Store
    Your one-stop-shop for all things NOOK.
  • Panels
    A celebration of comics, the people who make them, and the people who love them.
  • Rumic World
    Rumiko Takahashi has been called "The Princess of Manga," and this site celebrates her life and works in both manga and anime. Includes news, history, series overviews, and character profiles from such popular works as Urusei Yatsura, Ranma 1/2, and InuYasha, among others.
  • The Beat
    News Blog of Comics Culture: Comic blog from Publisher Weekly, with extensive links.
  • The Internet Public Library's Guide to Graphic Novels
    Including the history of graphic novels, anime and manga, web comics, and more.
  • The Mary Sue
    Comic book and pop culture news site highlighting women in the geek world and providing a prominent place for their voices.
  • The Otaku
    Updated daily with news, fandom features, and a blog; free manga, art and wallpaper, an interactive art gallery for registered users, and loads of fun quizzes from favorite anime like, "What character are you?"
  • Tokyopop
    Lots of goodies from the leading manga magnet.
  • Top Shelf
    Publishes comics and graphic novels by authors and artists such as Alan Moore, Craig Thompson, Nate Powell, Alex Robinson, Jeff Lemire, and Matt Kindt.
  • Vertigo
    DC Comics imprint that publishes content for mature readers with horror and supernatural themes with titles like The Sandman, Hellblazer, Swamp Thing, V for Vendetta, and Preacher.
  • VIZ Media
    A treasure trove for manga fans.

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Graphic novels that reflect real life.

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Suitable for middle schoolers.

Graphic Novels - for Tweens (14 items)

For the younger set.

Graphic Novels - Beginning Readers (8 items)

A first experience with comic books.

Graphic Novels - Girl Power (10 items)

Graphic novels that appeal to girls and women.

Graphic Novels - Books to Screen (13 items)

From graphic novels into movies.

Graphic Novels - Bestsellers (10 items)

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Graphic Novels - Award Winners (6 items)

Find out more about the popular world of graphic novels.

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Graphic novels which have won notable awards.

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