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Teaching and Researching Comics and Graphic Novels

Introduction to the Comic Art Collection in Special Collections and resources for research on comics and graphic novels at MU Libraries.

Comic Collection Overview

Zap ComixThe Comic Art Collection has particular strength in underground comic books, graphic novels, and classic comic strips and cartoons. Special Collections also has the papers and original artwork of five American cartoonists with ties to Mizzou.

Overall, the collection contains 1000 pieces of original art, 100+ syndicate proofs, over 30 cubic feet of manuscript materials, hundreds of clippings, and over 4,000 catalogued comic books, journals, and monographs. 

The Comic Collection is a closed stacks collection (meaning that users need to request materials to be delivered to the reading room). However, you can browse the entire Comic Collection in the MERLIN catalog.

Digital Comics

Comics on Microfilm

Other Columbia Resources