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Welcome to the Dudley Knox Library Guide for Graphic Novels.

Navigate this guide using the tabs above to explore the many resources available to students and faculty on graphic novels.

This guide will show you how to use library's BOSUN catalog to locate these works in our collection, and where to find further resources for graphic novels.

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What are Graphic Novels?

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Graphic novels, comic books, cartoons, sequential art, and visual storytelling - are among the terms used for this expanding genre.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines Graphic Novels as

A novel whose narrative is related through a combination of text and art, often in comic-strip form.

In general graphic novels are considered by some to be a more sophisticated format of comics, tackling difficult topics with content for serious audiences. The term, along with comics is under constant debate and is far from standardized. Therefore, it is best to keep an open mind when researching this topic and be inclusive with your definitions 

ie: graphic novels, comic books, comics, graphic journalism


graphic novel. (2007). In The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language.


About the Collection

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The Dudley Knox Library collection of graphic novels serves as an exploration of relevant topics studied at NPS as well as current events that impact our community.

From visual works of non-fiction to personal accounts to fantastical science fiction, one can use these materials as a springboard into related topics in our collections of scholarly materials.



Content Notice

Some of the following titles may contain mature content and themes and are intended for an adult audience.

image by Andi Bird (graphic used with artist permission)



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