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Finding Graphic Novels at Lane Library

Lane Library has a collection of graphic novels and comic books. To find these in the GIL-Find catalog you can do a subject search for the following Library of Congress subject headings: 


Understanding Comics

Graphic Novels

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Types of Graphic Novels

The popularity of graphic novels is steadily rising. With a wide variety of subject matter, readers are more likely than ever to find a graphic novel that interests them.

According to Get Graphic the major types of graphic novels are:

  • Manga - Japanese style comics read from top to bottom and right to left in the traditional Japanese reading style
  • Superhero - Mainstream comic books like Batman and Superman expanded from brief episodic adventures to epic sagas
  • Personal Narratives - Autobiographical stories written from the author's personal experience
  • Non-Fiction - Written from the author's personal experience to touch upon a greater social issue

Source: "What is a graphic novel?" Get Graphic. 2007. Get Graphic. Web. 6 May 2015.

What are graphic novels?

Graphic novel, as defined by the Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Graphic Design and Designers, is the, "Term used to describe a form of visual narrative in which plot is conveyed through the creative integration of text and a sequence of illustrations. The genre is continually expanding and embraces fiction, short stories and non-fiction. Graphic novels are generally more mature in tone than traditional comics."

Source: "Graphic Novel." The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Graphic Design and Designers. London: Thames & Hudson, 2012. Credo Reference. Web. 6 May 2015.

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