Like comics and graphic novels? Check out the database, Underground and Independent Comics!

Underground & Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic NovelsUnderground and Independent Comics is the first-ever scholarly online collection for researchers and students of adult comic books and graphic novels. Beginning with the works that inspired the first underground comix from the 1960s and encompassing modern sequential artists such as Dan Clowes and Los Bros. Hernandez, this resource shows the evolution and development of an art form.  This collection documents the entire spectrum of underground and independent North American and European comics and graphic novels and will contain 75,000 pages of original material from the 1950s to today along with more than 25,000 pages of interviews, commentary, theory, and criticism from journals, books, and magazines, including The Comics Journal.

Also included in this collection is The Seduction of the Innocent by Dr. Frederick Wertham—the book that led to one of the largest censorship programs in US history—and the complete transcripts of the senate subcommittee hearings that birthed the Comics Code Authority and, inadvertently, the underground comix movement.

This database offers a variety of ways to access full text content of entire comic books, graphic novels, and secondary literature. You can browse by Characters, Genres, People, Publisher, Series and Titles, Subjects or The Comics Journal. You can also conduct a search by a number of different categories including title, artist gender, material type, color, editor, character, character gender, character species, and more.

The library also has a print collection of manga, comic books, and graphic novels, housed on the main floor right beforegraphic novels the DMZ. This collection, organized by series title, is easy to browse and is fully circulating.

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Art Librarian at Purchase College Library

Posted on February 15, 2013, in arts corner, databases, Resources. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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