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Graphic Novels

The ACSS Library Learning Commons has over 500 Graphic Novels for you to enjoy! By far, the graphic novel section is our most popular genre. You can find the graphic novels section to the left of the commons and all graphic novels have a light blue GX spine label.




What's the difference between Graphic Novels and Comics?

Graphic novels use text and illustrations to tell a story. Instead of relying on just text, graphic novels use panels, frames, and speech/thought bubbles in a sequential way to create the story. A graphic novel has a beginning, a middle, and an end and offers the type of resolution to the story that we would expect from a typical novel. Some graphic novels are in serial format; the story continues on throughout many volumes (think The Walking Dead). This makes graphic novels more substantial than comic books.

Some landmark graphic novels can be found in our library. Landmark graphic novels are considered to be of literary importance:

  1. Maus by Art Spiegelman (GX SPI)

  2. Watchmen by Alan Moore (GX MOO)

  3. Ghost World by Daniel Clowes (GX CLO)

Sometimes used interchangeably with the term 'comics,' graphic novels and comic books are not the same.

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