Comics Studies: Researching Comics

Thoughts on comics

"The format of the comic book presents a montage of both word and image, and the reader is thus required to exercise both visual and verbal interpretive skills. The regimens of art (eg. perspective, symmetry, brush stroke) and the regimens of literature (eg. grammar, plot, syntax) become superimposed upon each other. The reading of the comic book is an act of both aesthetic perception and intellectual pursuit."--Will Eisner

Comics Studies Resources


These are just a few of the comics-related books in the UNT Library. Please try the "Suggested Subject Headings" in the right-hand column to search for other comics studies materials in our library.


Databases and websites

  • Anime and Manga Research Circle--a group for scholars, students, or fans of anime and manga
  • Comic Book Database--an online user-created database of comics, graphic novels, manga, and other related materials.
  • Comic Book+: Offers downloadable digital, public domain copies of Golden and Silver Age comic books for reading or research.

  • Comichron: A Resource for Comics Resarch: sales chards, market shares, industry analysis

  • Comics Research Bibliography: This is an international bibliography of comic books, comic strips, animation, caricature, cartoons, bandes dessinees, and related topics.
  • Comics scholarship annotated bibliographies. primarily covers book-length works about comic books and comic strips, from "fannish" histories to academic monographs, providing detailed information and guidance on further research.
  • Digital Comic Museum--an online archive of public domain Golden Age comics
  • Don Markstein's Toonopedia: An online encyclopedia of cartoon and comic characters, including those in comic books, newspaper strips, magazine cartoons, and animated cartoons.

  • Grand Comics Database: The Grand Comics Database (GCD) a nonprofit, internet-based organization of international volunteers dedicated to building a database covering all printed comics throughout the world.
  • Graphic Novels & Comics Websites (compiled by Dr. Elizabeth Figa, UNT): a list of online resources compiled by Dr. Elizabeth Figa, University of North Texas, Information Sciences, for her Graphic Novels course. 
  • Neil Cohn's Visual Language Lab: Research on visual language, cognitive science, and linguistics.
  • Derick Badman, Comics studies: resources for scholarly research, College & Research Libraries News 70(10): 574-582.
  • Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, & Graphic Novels: Beginning primarily with the first underground comix from the 1960s to the works of modern sequential artists, this collection will contain more than 80,000 pages of comics and graphic novels, along with 25,000 pages of interviews, criticism, and journal articles that document the growth and evolution of this art form.


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