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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For the younger set.

Graphic Novels - Beginning Readers (8 items)

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Graphic novels that appeal to girls and women.

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Graphic Novels - Award Winners (6 items)

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Graphic novels which have won notable awards.

Blog Posts

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Veterans Day Reads

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Haunting Horror and Chilling Comics for Halloween!

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What to Read While You Wait for New Episodes of Riverdale!

I don’t know about you guys but I was really into the Archie comics as a kid. It didn’t matter what order you read them in, the digests were really cheap and you could always count on Reggie to be a total jerk. I was pretty…

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Banned Books Week | National Comic Book Day and The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

You probably already know about Free Comic Book Day , celebrated annually on the first Saturday in May at your local comic book store and also at your local library – but do you know about National Comic Book Day ?  Each year…

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Have you ever read a graphic novel or a comic strip and thought, "I would love to make my own comic... but I don’t know how!" Well, good news! The Free Library has tremendous resources about how to create comics, and…

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Latinx Superheroes Take Flight!

I know what you are thinking about comics and superheroes – it's all just white dudes, right? Nope! Surely we’ve all seen Black Panther , right? And  Wonder Woman , I hope? I mean, we've always had an…

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Comic Books Go To College!

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In the summertime I love reading biographies and I always love reading graphic novels, so when my two loves coincide you better believe I’m extra excited! Luckily for me there have been quite a few graphic novel memoirs published…

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This Year's Eisner Award-Winning Comic Book Titles and Creators Are...

The 2018 Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards took place on July 20 in San Diego at the yearly Comic-Con. The awards, now in their 30th year, honor creative achievement in comic books from around the world. Basically, they are the…

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LGBTQIA+ Manga: Read with Pride!

Some of the most fun manga produced and imported in the past few years have featured LGBTQIA+ characters and storylines. Here are some of the most popular (and most checked out) titles available at the Free Library of…

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LGBTQ+ Comics: Read with Pride!

You know how they say that there is no one specific LGBTQ+ story? In the world of comics and graphic novels with LGBTQ+ characters and storylines, are "they" ever right! Its been a banner decade for mainstream comics to…

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Did you know that the United Nations has declared June 20 to be  World Refugee Day ? There are all kinds of reasons that someone might leave their country – new job opportunities, warfare in their home country, maybe even…

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Get Ready for ... Cartoonapalooza!

Now that the Free Library has wrapped up its annual Comic Con , we're proud to offer fans of serial art an additional chance to meet some of their favorite artists. The cartoonists of the National Cartoonists Society are gathering…

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Get Your Game On with These Video Game-influenced Graphic Novels!

Games? We love games! Board games , video games , card games , fantasy role playing games —we'll probably play hundreds of different games throughout our lifetime, but what about the people behind the creation of these…

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Whether you’ve been a fan for decades or are only now encountering them, manga —Japanese graphic novels—are an exciting comic form, incredibly varied in both artistic style and content. The Free Library has extensive…

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The Return of the Free Library of Comic Con!

The 4th annual Free Library of Comic Con will descend upon the Parkway Central Library on May 12, 2018! There’s so much going on at this year’s event that we don’t even know if we can fit all of our excitement into one…

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