The MDC Graphic Novel Group was recently awarded the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries for our project, Mirror, Mirror: Seeing Ourselves in Graphic Novels.
The project is based on the idea that discussing and creating sequential art with a focus on body image may help our diverse community of students cope with racism, sexism, ableism, and other societal pressures.
This page contains reading lists of graphic novels that explore issues associated with body image and identity, plus resources to aid faculty who may wish to use graphic literature to approach these issues in the classroom.
In January, 2023, the Graphic Novel Group began hosting the following series of grant-funded events:
Graphic novels represent a unique and inclusive art and literary form that has become increasingly popular – speaking to a wide range of experiences, identities, and interests. They can promote literacy, foster aesthetic appreciation, and help readers gain a deeper understanding of historical, cultural, and ethical perspectives. The GNG’s goal is to raise awareness of the educational value of graphic novels and graphic nonfiction, and to support the use of these materials across the curriculum.
Disability | Eating Disorders
Gender & Sexuality
Race & Ethnicity | Superheroes
History & Criticism
To locate additional books, use the library catalog search box below or contact an MDC librarian.
Are you an MDC faculty member who has used, or plans to use, graphic novels or graphic non-fiction for pedagogical purposes? Please share your ideas and experiences by completing this brief survey.
The Graphic Novel Group (GNG) promotes appreciation of graphic novels, graphic non-fiction, comics, and related art and literary forms, and supports the use of these materials for interdisciplinary teaching, social awareness, and personal enrichment. The Group engages students and other members of the MDC community in co-curricular events (such as guest lectures, facilitated discussions, creative workshops, etc.), and makes recommendations for the MDC Libraries’ print and online collections of graphic novels and graphic non-fiction. Sponsored by the MDC Learning Resources Department, the GNG is a College-wide group of faculty, administrators, and staff. For more information, contact Jenny Saxton. To receive notifications about the Graphic Novel Group's events, sign up for our email list.