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Graphic Novels: Home

Information about graphic novels and comics held at the UWM Libraries, how to search for them and links to various graphic novel resources.

What are Graphic Novels?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a graphic novel is "a full-length (esp. science fiction or fantasy) story published as a book in comic-strip format." But the term is always up for interpretation. They can also be referred to as sequential art, comics, photo-novels, graphics, paperback comic novels or whatever one wants to use.

There's more to graphic novels than superheroes fighting their enemies. Graphic novels cover a wide variety of topics and genres- non-fiction, fiction, history, biography, mystery, science fiction, sociology, education and more.

Need Help?

To get help with your research, you can contact a librarian by calling the Ask a Librarian desk at (414) 229-4659 or by coming into the library during regular hours.

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For help 24/7, you can email or chat with a librarian.  To set-up an appointment with your class librarian, submit a Research Consultation request.

Recommendations & Suggestions

Have a suggestion of a good title to add to the graphic novel collection? You can submit a Purchase Recommendation on the Libraries website.

Graphic Novels New Arrivals

Upon their arrival, graphic novels will be shelved in the Graphic Novels New Arrivals section of the Browsing Collection (West Wing, lower level). After a period of time they may be shelved in the General Stacks throughout the library.graphic novels new arrivals in Browsing Collection

Ask a Librarian

Beth Kucera
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries
2311 East Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211