Find Graphic Novel Resources
Selected Reference Resources
- 500 Essential Graphic Novels: the ultimate guide
- World encyclopedia of comics
- World encyclopedia of cartoons
- U-X-L graphic novelists: an Online Reference Book for biographies of cartoonists, and annotates lists of cartoons, graphic novels, and comic strips (also available in print at the Art Library)
- Comic book encyclopedia:the ultimate guide to characters, graphic novels, writers, and artists in the comic book universe (Green Library HASRC (Lane Room))
Sample SearchWorks Subject searches related to Graphic Novels
- Graphic Novels
- Comic books, strips, etc.
- Comic books, strips, etc. History and criticism
- Comic books, strips, etc. Periodicals
- Underground Comic Books Strips etc
- Stanford Manga Collection
- American Wit and Humor, Pictorial
- Genre Collection: Comic books, comic strips, graphic novels] (These are primary source comics - some in microfilm) which are only accessible in the Special Collections room, and must be paged in advance)
- An interesting title not catalogued as Graphic Novel: How to commit suicide in South Africa
Graphic Novel and Comic Book Collections at Stanford
- MLA International Bibliography: This bibliographic tool indexes books, dissertations, journals and essay collections on modern literature, language, and linguistics. The MLA refers to subject terms as “descriptors,” and the descriptor for graphic novels is comic book. Search also by individual writer or artist name.
- Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature(ABELL): This bibliographic database indexes books, book reviews, dissertations, journals, and essay collections on English and American literature. ABELL’s subject term for graphic novels is comic books. Search also by individual writer or artist name.
- Art Full Text (with Art Retrospective added, coverage: 1929-onward with abstracts and some full-text): This database indexes journals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins. Art Full Text uses the subject term graphic novels, but not widely. Users will have better success searching under individual writers’ or artists’ names as a subject term.
Selected Websites and Electronic Resources
- Shake Girl, The Graphic Novel: Shake Girl is a massive collaborative effort between fifteen students and two instructors over the course of one quarter (Winter 2008). These students comprise the first edition of the Stanford Graphic Novel Project -- a group dedicated to achieving this monumental task on an annual basis.
The Stanford Graphic Novel Project independently published several hundred copies of Shake Girl that we are using to create awareness about the issues of violence against women, and more specifically, the phenomenon of acid attacks in Cambodia.
- The Official R Crumb Site: this is a commercial site run by the Crumb Family, but it does have some good images, and a personally written biography of one of the founders and most prominent members of the underground comix movement. Stanford has many of his original "comix" and other underground comics in Special Collections and in Green and Art Stacks (see Searchworks Subject: Underground comic books, strips, etc.
- Comics Get Serious: This book review site on the latest graphic novels is arranged by title and subject. Each review includes genres, audience, and lengthy synopses and evaluations. Graphic novels, "like picture books, are print materials in which pictures and narrative are joined in one interdependent format…and are discrete or stand-alone literary works, in contrast with comic strips."
- The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: anon-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community.
- The Grand Comicbook Database Project (GCD) is a volunteer project with the stated goal to document and index all comic books for the free use of scholars, historians, researchers, and fans of all types. Search by title to get Cover art and table of contents for more than 4,578 Publishers/imprints; 31,983 Series; 405,792 books (123,436 indexed); 693,195 Story objects; 2,207,365 credits; 195,944 covers
- Comic Books and Graphic Novels: Digital Resources for an Evolving Form of Art and Literature: Annotated links to online resources on comic books and graphic novels, which "are becoming two of the most pervasive and influential media forms of popular culture. ... Scholarship and research surrounding comic books and graphic novels are growing." The guide is from 2005, so a few links are broken, but most listings are still current. From librarian Leslie Bussert, for the Association of College and Research Libraries of the American Library Association (ALA).