Comics and Graphic Novels

The comics and graphic novels collection strives to be representative of all facets of comics and graphic narratives.

We have an interest in collecting works that are:

  • primarily the product of an individual creator
  • by, for, or about populations that are historically underrepresented in the comics art form
  • highly regarded in the field, highly reviewed, or winners of major industry awards
  • of historical significance
  • by local or Michigan creators
  • minicomics
  • secondary materials, such as academic studies, reference works, serial publications, historical works, and biographies of cartoonists

Experts at the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library curate the collection to meet the teaching and research needs of U-M faculty, students, and staff. The collection serves researchers on many levels including literary, cultural, artistic, and political.

Important related collections 

The undergraduate collection and the children’s literature curriculum collection also contain selected comics and graphic novels.

Research guide

Online collection

Materials in the collection

Related links


David S Carter

Video Game Archivist, Comics Librarian, Reference Services Co-coordinator


Fe Susan T Go

Librarian for Southeast Asia, Australia,New Zealand and the Pacific Islands


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