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Graphic Novels and Comics: About Graphic Novels

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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 collection of resources for leveraging the power and popularity of graphic novels in the classroom.

Ready to read some great graphic novels? Head over to the Find Graphic Novels page to explore a selection of titles available in the MDC Libraries, plus ebooks you can enjoy right now!


  • Comic Book
    A magazine relating one or more narrative episodes through a sequence of panels featuring art and text, often constituting a single issue in a series. (Adapted from the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language)
  • Comic Strip
    A series of drawings that tell a story, especially in a newspaper or magazine. (Collins Dictionary)
  • Graphic Novel
    A story that is presented in comic strip format and published as a book. (Merriam-Webster)
  • Manga
    A comic book or graphic novel originally developed in Japan, typically intended for adults, and characterized by highly stylized art. (Adapted from
  • Sequential Art
    [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)

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