Comics, graphic novels, sequential art, manga…these are all words for narrative told through both pictures and words. Once considered a throwaway item for kids, graphic novels now win major literary awards.
More attention from scholars means more attention from LIBRARIES.
Comics @ VCU Library
Check out Secret Powers in Style Magazine about the Comic Arts collection @VCU’s Cabell Library.
- Official repository for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
- Rare titles from Mad Magazine, Little Orphan Annie and X-Men
- MAUS (which we own) mandatory reading for incoming VCU freshmen in 2009
- Digitized version of Preventive Maintenance Monthly (drawn as training manuals for US Army by Will Eisner)
Read more about the collection on VCU’s site.
Graphic Novels @ JTCC Library
JTCC has a small collection of graphic novels. Try these:
- Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido. Film-noir tale with anthropomorphic animals. Mature themes.
- The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Memoir of girl growing up in revolutionary-era Iran.
- MAUS by Art Spiegelman. WWII memoir. The Nazis are cats, the Jews are mice. Won the Pulitzer Prize.
- Stitches by David Small. Finalist for the National Book Award. Painful memoir of illustrator Small’s harrowing childhood.
- Watchmen by Alan Moore. Superhero tale; early classic in the genre.
- Vietnamerica by GB Tran. Artist/author discovers his family history.
Help us build the book collection! You can do that by
- Checking out the books we have (and reading them)
- Telling us what titles are YOU want to read