Graphic Novels, Cartoons & Comics


Use this guide as a pathfinder to graphic novels, cartoons, and comics.  It also contains resources for criticism and analysis of this field.  It includes references to animated television shows and films that are adapted from print. The guide is currently stronger in coverage of nonfiction graphic novels.


  • Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum
    Research collection of American printed cartoons at Ohio State University.  Includes a Cartoon Image Database and Digital Exhibits.
  • Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index
    Find numerous political cartoons by current topics or major events. Cartoons can be sent as e-mails or licensed for use through this site.
  • Digital Comic Museum
    Contains downloadable public domain golden age comics
  • Editorial Cartoons
    Browse editorial cartoons by subject: Arts, Entertainment &the Media; Business, Labor &the Economy; Crime & Terrorism; Education; Environment; Families and Family Life; Human & Civil Rights; International Affairs; Judiciary; Medicine & Health Care; Minorities & Race Relations; Politics & Political Reform; Religion; Science and Technology; Sports; Wars, Weaponry & Military Forces; & Women
  • Jerry Beck's Cartoon Research Library
    Animation historian Beck's site containing his blog Cartoon Brew and Animated Movie Guide (also a book available through ebrary to I.C. users).
  • Lambiek Comiclopedia
    Illustrated compendium of over 10,000 comic artists from around the world. Search for artists, books, strips or comic characters.


Criticism and analysis can be found indexes for history, literature, and communication.

JOURNAL COLLECTIONS (full-text of key journals in major fields of study)
  • JSTOR   Note: it is much easier to search Project Muse; Project Muse indexes JSTOR content
  • Project Muse
    Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 600+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.


Articles on Authors

Books by Subject

Related Guides


  • Center for Cartoon Studies
    The CSC, "is dedicated to providing the highest quality of education to students interested in creating visual stories."  It operates under the charter of the The National Association of Comics Art Educators.
  • Comic-Con
    Premiere convention for the comic arts.
  • Popular Culture Association - American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
    Founded in 1971, and partnered with the ACA in 1979, the PCA/ACA is an organization that supports the study of popular and American culture. Journals produced include the Journal of Popular Culture and the Journal of American Culture.

Local Resources & Distributors

Local bookstores in Ithaca sell Graphic Novels and comics:Distributors:

Websites & News

Comic-Con Int'l

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Definitions from the Encyclopædia Britannica.  The first paragraph of the entry on "Graphic Novel" is excerpted.
  • Comic strip  (includes Manga)
  • Cartoon & Caricature (includes comic satire and political cartoon; provides a worldwide history)
  • Graphic Novel "The term graphic novel is contentious. From the 1970s, as the field of comic studies was first emerging as an academic discipline, scholars and others have attempted to define the word comics and to generate a critical terminology appropriate to support that definition. The debate over so-called graphic novels touches upon this complex situation. For many, the word comics denotes a periodical for children, published on a weekly or monthly basis, sold at newsstands or in speciality comic book stores, often with pages devoted to advertising and, when intended for younger readers, competitions and puzzles. In contrast, graphic novel is usually taken to mean a long comic narrative for a mature audience, published in hardback or paperback and sold in bookstores, with serious literary themes and sophisticated artwork." --graphic novel. (2011). In Encyclopædia Britannica.

Nonfiction: Selected Books

To search for comic books, go to the Advanced Search and search Comic Books as a phrase, keyword anywhere.

Fiction: Selected books

Films: Nonfiction

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Feature Films

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