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Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga: More Resources

A guide to sources for graphic novel research at College of Coastal Georgia.

General Research Databases

Research Key Terms

Here are a few of the many prominent creators of graphic novels:
  • Alison Bechdel
  • Alan Moore
  • Art Spiegelman
  • Daniel Clowes
  • Joe Sacco
  • Marijane Satrapi
  • Osamu Tezuka
  • Will Eisner
  • Chris Ware

American Graphic Novel Publishers

Many graphic novels in the United States are collected editions of materials first released as comic books.  Here are a list of major comic book publishers.

DC Comics    
Home of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman as well as the Wildstorm and Vertigo Imprints

Marvel Comics     
Home of Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Iron Man

Dark Horse Comics     
Home of Hellboy and Usagi Yojimbo

Image Comics     
Home of Spawn,
Witchblade, Savage Dragon, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

American Manga Publishers

All manga graphic novels in the United States are imports of material that is originally produced and published in Japan.  Here are a list of major companies that bring import, translate, and release manga in the United States.

Del Rey Manga    
 Del Rey is an imprint of the major book publisher Random House.

CMX Comics     
This manga publishing imprint is owned and operated by DC Comics.

After Viz, one of the major publishers of manga in the
United States. Tokyopop was the company that revolutionized the way manga was released in translation, being the first company to publish books in the original right-to-left format rather than flipping the art so that the books could be read from left-to-right.

VIZ, Inc.    
Owned by major Japanese Manga publishers Shogakukan and Shueisha, Viz is one of the oldest publishers of manga in the
United States. Viz Manga tends to be action oriented such as Dragon Ball Z and One Piece. Viz also publishes American versions of Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat manga magazines.

Yen Press    
Yen Press is a newcomer to the manga publication scene in the
United States. They release original work and Korean Manhwa in addition to Japanese manga.

Awards Graphic Novels / Manga