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


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

Note: See a recent blog post about "Researching Comics at UNT Libraries" for more tips on using our resources.

View a list of research databases available through the UNT Libraries under the "Comics Studies" subject heading.

  • Within each database, try starting with the "Advanced Search" option, if available.
  • Start with broad subject terms like "comic books," "graphic novels," "cartoons," or "comic strips" to get a sense of the range of articles available on your topic. You can also try some of the subject headings listed in the right hand columng of this page.
  • Use the filters (usually on the left hand side of the search page) to narrow your results by date, subject, language, or other search parameters
  • Select any articles that seem to be relevant and view their records. Check their lists of Subject terms to identify other words or phrases that might be useful to use in your own searches, and add some of those to your original search query for even more relevant results

You can also try some of these free online databases to locate more resources.

  • 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
  • The Internet Archive: a free online collection of digitized comics and graphic novels.
  • 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.


Other Comics Studies Resources

Citing & Writing

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