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Lane Library's collection of graphic novels and comics

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: 

The subject heading search will also retrieve books about comics and graphic novels.

If you want to go straight to the graphic novels, you can type "comics" or "graphic novels" into the search box and use the drop down menu to search by Tag. If you are interested in Manga (Japanese style comics) type "manga" into the GIL-Find search box and search by Tag.
 

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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