Cover of MAUS

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

Comments, please!

Written by Suzanne

Suzanne has loved books from an early age, and remembers reading her 24 volume World Book Encyclopedia set when she ran out of novels. Now that she works in a library, she will never run out of reading material again! Suzanne is a recent MLS graduate who loves working with students and technology.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Justin Mark Williams

    Maus is a great graphic novel, I would highly recommend it to anyone. It really does a great job of showing just what Spiegelman’s father went through.

    The use of animals to portray the different ‘factions’ is so smart.

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