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!

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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