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.

Graphic Novels

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Panels
    A celebration of comics, the people who make them, and the people who love them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Graphic Novels - Superheroes (65 items)

Biff! Bam! Pow!

Graphic Novels - Realistic stories for Teens (15 items)

Graphic novels that reflect real life.

Graphic Novels - Non-violent Stories for Tweens (6 items)

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)

Not sure where to start? How about with the most popular graphic novels?

Award Winning Graphic Novels (23 items)

Graphic novels which have won notable awards.

Blog Posts

Love is Love

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Teen Girls in Comics: The People I Wish I Would Have Been

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16 Great Graphic Novels from 2016

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Let's Hear It For the Ladies (in comics)!

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Graphic Novel Memoirs

I love a graphic novel—and even better I love a graphic novel memoir . There is something so much more intimate about reading the words AND pictures when someone shares her story. Or maybe I’m just a slower reader when it…

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A comic #FLPNoShameNovember

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Graphic Novels: Top 14 of 2014

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Have you seen the new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron ? It has all the standard features of a summer blockbuster: slow motion clips, people running and screaming, and lots of explosions. However, if you look a little closer,…

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Friday Five: Four Color Fear and Illustrated Horror

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Holy Celebration! It's Batman Day!

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Crazy Train

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Friday Five: A to Z X-Men

It's Memorial Day weekend once again, the official start of summer, and with it movie blockbuster season. Godzilla may have stomped and crushed the competition last week (pun intended!), but this weekend one of the more anticipated…

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Batman at 75

2014 marks the 75th anniversary of "The Dark Knight," "The Caped Crusader," "The World's Greatest Detective"--Batman! Feel free to sing along... Created by Bob Kane and Bil Finger in 1939, Batman…

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Friday Five: Hellboy

This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Hellboy and has been designated Hellboy Day across libraries, comic book shops, and bookstores around the world. Who or what is Hellboy, you ask? Only one of the most unique…

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Friday Five: Will Eisner

If you have ever read a Graphic Novel , you have Will Eisner to thank. The artist and writer popularized the term in 1978 with his critical and commercial success A Contract with God , defining the visual storytelling medium with his…

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13 Great Graphic Novels from 2013

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