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Graphic Novel Pathfinder
Welcome to the exciting world of comics and graphic novels. The following pathfinder is a guide to the graphic novels that we recommend as well as useful resources containing information regarding the philosophy, history, technique, and criticism of comic literature. We encourage you to explore what your local public library has to offer. Please note that the term “graphic novel” was originally intended to comprise those works written specifically as one self-contained story. Collections of monthly comics in book format are known in the comic industry as trade paperbacks or TPBs. For the purposes of this library we have opted to use “graphic novel” as a general term for both.
by Katsuhiro Otomo (6 vols.). Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2000-.
American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar
by Harvey Pekar. New York: Ballantine Books, 2003.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
by Frank Miller. New York: DC Comics, 1986.
by Osamu Tezuka (8 vols.). New York: Vertical. 2003-.
A Contract with God, and Other Tenement Stories
by Will Eisner. Princeton, WS: Kitchen Sink Press, 1986.
by Daniel Clowes. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books, 1998.
by Art Spiegelman (2 vols.). New York: Pantheon Books, 1986-.
by Marjane Satrapi (2 vols.). New York: Pantheon Books, 2003-.
by Neil Gaiman and Various Artists (10 vols.). New York: DC Comics/Vertigo, 1995-.
by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. New York: DC Comics, 1987.
Other Notable Authors, Artists, and Titles to Explore
Fantastic Four, Captain America
Kingdom Come, Marvels
The Invisibles, Arkham Asylum
G. Hernandez, J. Hernandez:
Love and Rockets
Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo:
Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde
Collections and Anthologies
The Best American Comics
(Series) by Chris Ware (Ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006-.
Drawn & Quarterly.
Montreal: Drawn & Quarterly, 2000-.
Books About Graphic Novels and Comics
The 101 Best Graphic Novels
by Stephen Weiner, New York: NBM, 2001.
The Comics: Before 1945
by Brian Walker. New York: H.N. Abrams, 2004.
The Comics: Since 1945
by Brian Walker. New York: H.N. Abrams, 2002.
The DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe
by Phil Jiminez. New York: DK Pub., 2004.
Manga: The Complete Guide
by Jason Thompson. New York: Ballantine Books, 2007.
Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics
by Les Daniels. New York: H.N. Abrams, 1991.
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
by Scott McCloud. New York: Paradox Press, 1993.
Technique and Theory
Comics & Sequential Art
by Will Eisner. Tamarac, FL: Poorhouse Press, 2006.
How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way
by Stan Lee and John Buscema. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978.
How to Draw Manga
(Series). Tokyo: Graphic-sha Publishing, 1999-.
Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
by Scott McCloud. New York: HarperPerennial, 2006.
Journals and Magazines
Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books, 1977-.
Wizard: The Comics Magazine
. Congers, NY: Gareb Shamus Enterprises, 1991-.
DC Comics (Includes Vertigo, Wildstorm and CMX Manga):
Dark Horse Comics:
Other Web Sites
Comic Book Resources: Daily comic book news, previews, reviews, commentary and message boards.
Comics.com: Excellent archive of daily newspaper comic strips.
Keenspot: Exclusive content from the emerging world of web comics.
Comics Research Bibliography: Searchable bibliography with nearly 24,000 entries.
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