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Graphic Novels/Comics: Home

This is the main portal to databases and other library sources for graphic novels/comics research at Van Wylen Library, Hope College.

New Titles in the Library

New graphic novels and books concerning graphic novels and comics are listed on the Graphic Novels Collection site.

The Comics Journal

Graphic Novel Suggestions

Do you have a graphic novel suggestion for the library?  If yes, contact Jeremy Barney or use the Suggest a Purchase Form.


Graphic novels and comic books, much like other forms of fiction and nonfiction, are an important area of creative expression, education, instruction, and entertainment, and they continue to have a significant impact on our (popular)culture.  This influence is especially noticeable in the continued popularity of annual comic book and pop culture conventions, such as Comic Con International in San Diego and the local Grand Rapids Comic Con, and in the increased number of film and television adaptations of comic books and graphic novels that have appeared since the film release of Marvel Studios' Iron Man in 2008.  Although tales of superheroes currently dominate the cinemas and television screens, the content of graphic novels and comic books reach far beyond these types of stories to cover such topics as historical events, biographies, memoirs, society and culture, politics, economics, family, relationships, religion, gender and sexuality, art and music, and college life.

Use this LibGuide to:

  • Discover new and significant graphic novel/comic titles available at the Van Wylen Library
  • Learn how to find other titles in the library or at other libraries
  • Identify and obtain reference works and critical studies on graphic novels/comics
  • Determine where to search for scholarly articles on the medium
  • Follow links to other websites, including local/regional events, publishers, and comic book news and reviews 


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Jeremy Barney
Jeremy Barney
Metadata & Digital Cataloging Librarian
Van Wylen Library
Hope College