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Graphic Novels: About Graphic Novels

Use this guide as a starting point for information on Graphic Novels. Included are finding aids for graphic novels in the juvenile & regular collection as well as reference, database, and internet resources.

About Graphic Novels

There are many definitions of graphic novels available and arguments have been be made for calling them comic books, art forms, genre, format, and illustrative storytelling forms. Below are a few definitions from IRC reference books:

  • "The term 'graphic novel signifies a movement rather than a form'" (p.6)
    Gravett, P. (2005x). Graphic novels: Stories to change your lfe, NY: HarperCollins.
  • Graphic novels may also include "a collection of comic strips about a common set of characters; a colleciton of comic book-length stories (that is, thirty-two-page-stories) brought together in a longer narrative; and single sustained storytilling effort." (p.xv)
    Pendergast, S. & Pendergast, T. (2007). U-X-L graphic novelists. (S. Hermsen, Ed.). Detroit: U-X-L/Thompson Gale.
  • Graphic Novel is a term originated by Will Eisner to describe his book to a publisher. "Eisner's term was meant to distinguish serious works told in the comic book format from collections of humorous comic strips." (p.1)
    Crawford, P.C. (2003). Graphic novels 101 : selecting and using graphic novels to promote literacy for children and young adults : a resouce guide for school librarians and educators. Salt Lake City, UT: Hi Willow Research & Publication.

Finding Graphic Novels in the Library

Ashland University Library & OhioLINK Catalogs

Looking for a specific title?  Interested in particular topic?  Search the catalog.

Ashland University Library Catalog
A Keyword catalog search will return juvenile graphic novels, AU circulating graphic novels, AU circulating books about graphic novels, and reference books on the topic of graphic novels. 


OhioLINK Catalog

Not finding what you need in our library's Graphic Novel collection? Search for holdings in the OhioLINK catalog using the same beginning search strategy.


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