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Comics & Graphic Novels


Comic Book Publishers
Links to the websites of comic book publishers.

Self-Publish a Comic Book
Information and resources for comic book self-publishers and those who wish to begin publishing their own comic books or graphic novels.

Ally Sloper: The First Comics Superstar?
19th century UK comics character Ally Sloper was the fictional superstar of his day. This paper explores his complex relationship with readers, and in particular the comics' use of interactive devices such as competitions.

Amazon.com: Comics & Graphic Novels Store
Amazon.com has created a Comics & Graphic Novels Store, where you'll find all the genre has to offer--from superheroes and comic-strip characters to comedy and drama.

Comic Shop Locator Service
Search for comic shops in the US and Canada by postal or zip code.

Comic Sites Alliance
Web directory of comic and animation sites.

Comic strips and constrained writing
This article expands the literary concept of "constrained writing" (i.e. of writing based on a set of preformed formal and semantic rules) to the field of comic strips and graphic novels.

Comics & Culture: A Step Towards Comic 'Absolution'?
Over the last few years, the comics' field has taken decisive steps towards increasing its status within culture at large. Theoretical research on the topic is on the rise and proves especially fruitful in a time when the 'pictorial turn' gains even more momentum with the expansion of new media.

Diamond Comic Distributors
The largest distributor of English language comic books.

Educational Comics Text-type, or Text-types in a Format?
Educational comics are sometimes classified as text-types. However, the standard definition of text-types normally refers to classes of texts such as cooking recipes which share certain conventionalised patterns. This is not true for educational comics which can accomodate a variety of patterns, resp. a variety of text-types, as analysis of several educational comics published in Germany will show.

Graphic Novel Review
A graphic novel review publication covering primarily independently published comics. From their guidelines : "GNR serves the discriminating graphic novel reader in the same way that The New York Times Book Review serves the discriminating general book reader."

Indy Magazine
An online guide to independent comics

Manga story-telling/showing
Formal characteristics that distinguish manga from non-Japanese comics production.

Mini-Comics.com
A site dedicated to the independent comic book pubishing community. Included is a database of small publishers, a chat room, message boards, and news.

No laughing matter
Once camp, kitsch and cartoonish, comic books have come of age. Indeed, argues David Thompson, they put the adolescent preoccupations of contemporary art to shame

Scoop!
Gemstone Publishing and Diamond International Galleries have joined forces to provide Scoop, a free e-newsletter devoted to comics and pop culture.

Talk About Comics Blog
A must-read blog for anyone interested in online and/or print comics from the folks that bring you Modern Tales webcomics.

The Publication and Formats of Comics, Graphic Novels, and Tankobon
"Despite divergent histories of comic art publishing in the United States, western Europe, and Japan, in recent decades there has been an apparent convergence of publication formats: the graphic novel in the United States, the album in western Europe, and the collections called tankobon or manga in Japan. Although these three formats are similar in appearance, each is the product of a unique history that affects demographics of readership, patterns of distribution and sale, and cultural meanings associated with the formats."

Waffle Blog
In which Reinder Dijkhuis, Adam Cuerden, Timm Brand, Geir Strm and Jeroen Jager talk about comics, music, politics and the impending apocalypse. We're reality-based except when we're shrill.