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LGBTQ Studies

Resources for those interested in LGBTQ Studies

Information on Comic Studies

Comic Studies Library Guide

Comics studies is a field of academic research focused on comics and sequential art, including comic books, comic strips, cartoons, graphic novels, animation, digital media, and film.

If you have questions about finding comics or graphic novels for your research, please contact John Martin (he/him/his), the UNT Libraries Director of Scholarly Communication. 

Watch No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics to learn more!

This film tells the story of five pioneering LGBTQ cartoonists- Alison Bechdel, Jennifer Camper, Howard Cruse, Rupert Kinnard, and Mary Wings- who depicted everything from the AIDS crisis, coming out, same-sex marriage, and themes of race, gender, and disability. The film explores how these artists resisted censorship and displayed tremendous courage and conviction in providing an uncensored window into queer lives from the 1970s onward, beginning at a time in which there was no other genuine queer storytelling in popular culture.

Prism Comics is the leading non-profit, all-volunteer organization supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual and LGBTQIA-friendly comic books, comics professionals, readers and educators.

Queer Comics

The following are a selection of comics, graphic novels, manga, and webcomics that feature LGBTQ+ characters or themes.

queer comics at the university libraries

Queer comics start to appear in the 1970's, when the intersection of queer theory and comics begins, and can be used as primary source material, giving a snapshot of social issues at the time of publication. Additionally, because academia (where peer reviewed articles would generally come from) is still predominately white and cisgender, comics and graphic novels can be an avenue for publication for many historically marginalized populations that otherwise would not have a voice. In particular, "webcomics have become a lively space for trans and queer artists... to tell their stories."

Special thanks goes to library student assistant, Ryan McLendon (he, him, his), for contributing to this page.

The following is a comprehensive list of the LGBTQ comics published after 2000 in the UNT Libraries holdings:

The following is a comprehensive list of the LGBTQ graphic novels in the UNT Libraries holdings:

The following is a comprehensive list of the LGBTQ graphic memoirs/non-fiction in the UNT Libraries holdings:

The following are a selection of the LGBTQ manga in the UNT Libraries holdings. To find more, use the Advanced Search in the Libraries Catalog with the keyword of your choosing (lesbian/gay/transgender), enter "graphic novel" for the Genre and Japanese for the Language. 

The following is a comprehensive list of the LGBTQ comics in the UNT Libraries holdings published before 2000, with one exception, for space reasons. Visit the Libraries catalog for more comics published by Alison Bechdel!

The following are a selection of free webcomics selected by the librarian:

Comic Studies Database

Type your search term, transgender, in the text box (circled in red below), then click the red search button to the right. You can also use the search box on the top right of the page. Additionally, try browsing the Subjects list for topics of interest. 

underground and independent comics

If you mouse over the See details link below the image of the item, detailed information will appear about the resource including transcript links that will allow you to skip to where your search terms show up.

underground and independent comics

Comic Studies Web Databases

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