This guide contains information about what graphic novels are, what graphic novels we have, and how those books have been received.
Last Updated: Jun 6, 2017
Merriam-Webster defines the graphic novel as "cartoon drawings that tell a story and are published as a book." This leaves the graphic novel medium (not genre) open to broad interpretation, and many critics and artists have done just that, either by scholarly works on the subject or by creation of their own graphic books. This page is dedicated to providing you with those sources, focusing specifically on the material our library already has.
These books, all found upstairs at 741.5, will help you understand graphic novels as a legitimate form of literature. Check around them, too, for more resources.
Call Number: 741.5 M12u
Publication Date: 1994
This comic book provides a detailed look at the history, meaning, and art of comics and cartooning.
This Book Contains Graphic Language
Call Number: 741.5 V61t
Publication Date: 2007
By demonstrating the ways in which comic books (and graphic novels) both reflect upon, and expand the boundaries of literature, Rocco Versaci demonstrates that comics have earned the right to be taken just as seriously as any other literary form.
Faster than a Speeding Bullet: The Rise of the Graphic Novel
Call Number: 741.5 W423f
Publication Date: 2004
Presents a history and an outlook on the genre of fiction known as, "Graphic novels", which began in the early 1950s and, according to the author, their popularity is growing rapidly.
Call Number: 741.53 C362g
Publication Date: 2011
Focusing on such acclaimed examples as "Maus," "Persepolis," and "Watchmen," these essays successfully highlight the ways that graphic novelists and literary cartoonists have incorporated history, experience, and autobiography into their work. The result is a collection that is both challenging and innovative.
Call Number: 741.53 W834r
Publication Date: 2007
This volume contains two sections: "Theory and history," an explanation of comics as a medium and an overview of its evolution, and "Reviews and commentary," a diverse examination of creators and works. The second section spans Will Eisner's pioneering efforts as well as the groundbreaking modern comics by the Hernandez brothers, Chris Ware and Alison Bechdel.