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On this page, you can learn about the
history and impact of graphic novels, discover resources for creating your own graphic novels, and get inspired by some of the genre's most celebrated authors and artists. If you're a teacher, check out this page's resources for leveraging the power and popularity of graphic novels in the classroom.
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Find Graphic Novels page to explore a selection of titles available in the MDC Libraries, plus ebooks you can enjoy right now!
A series of drawings that tell a story, especially in a newspaper or magazine. (
A story that is presented in comic strip format and published as a book.
A comic book or graphic novel originally developed in Japan, typically intended for adults, and characterized by highly stylized art.
(Adapted from Dictionary.com)
[A]n art and literary form that deals with the arrangement of pictures or images and words to narrate a story or dramatize an idea.
(Will Eisner, ) Comics and Sequential Art
BUT IT'S COMPLICATED...
CREATE YOUR OWN GRAPHIC NOVELS
Listed here are free (or partially free) tools for creating your own comics.
The Comic Book Greats: How To Create A Comic Book: with Todd McFarlane & Rob Liefeld VIDEO
Stan Lee: Advice for Comic Book Writers and Other Artists
HISTORY & CRITICISM
Comic Book Confidential
Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages
Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity, and Stereotypes
White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books
Behind the Panel | SyFy Wire [YouTube playlist]
Comic Book History | NerdSync [YouTube playlist]
AUTHORS & ARTISTS
The Comic Book Greats: WIll Eisner wIth Stan Lee VIDEO
Graphic Novelist Art Spiegelman VIDEO
How Stan Lee Wrote Comics VIDEO
The Mindscape of Alan Moore VIDEO
Robert Kirkman Interviews Frank Miller About His Career, From Batman to Hollywood VIDEO
Scott McCloud: The Visual Magic of Comics
Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won't VIDEO
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story VIDEO
Alan Moore: Comics As Performance, Fiction As Scalpel by
The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing Is a Way of Thinking by
God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post World War II Manga by
Visit this database
and enter "graphic novel" in the search box to find a collection of literary classics in graphic novel form.
Issues & Controversies
Specializing in controversial issues, this database includes:
This streaming video collection contains several
on graphic novels.
OverDrive Digital Media Library
Carano, K. T. & Clabough, J. (2016).
Gavigan, K. W. & Garrison, K. (2020).
Maples, J., Clanca, M., & Maloy, M. (2016).
Gene Yang: Why Comics Belong in the Classroom VIDEO
Illya Kowalchuk: How Comic Books Can Transform Student Learning
A website that explores the interaction between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare.
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