Graphic Novels: More Than Stories

Next month’s Graphic Novel Symposium can’t come soon enough. As you probably know, we have a considerable collection of graphic novels, comic books and Manga in our library.  But did you realize the collections includes lots of nonfiction books that cover a wide range of academic subjects too?  These titles can serve as accessible entry points into complex concepts, and are good resources for deeper engagement with material.  Some students may appreciate the liveliness that graphics and artistry bring, while others may better grasp difficult theories through illustration.  With that in mind, here are some useful books to check out, grouped by subject:

PHILOSOPHY- For Beginners series

HISTORY- Still I rise, a graphic history of African Americans; Malcom X for beginners; Fax from Sarajevo: a story of survival; Palestine; Best of Enemies: A History of US and Middle East Relations; The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation; The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation

MATH & SCIENCE – Manga Guides to biochemistry, linear algebra, databases, statistics, molecular biology, relativity, physics and calculus;   Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species

LITERATURE- Edgar Allen Poe; Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles; Studs Terkel’s Working; The Graphic Canon, Volumes 1-3. Volume 1 starts with the Epic of Gilgamesh to Dangerous Liaisons.   Volume 2 starts with Kubla Khan and goes to The Picture of Dorian Gray.  Volume 3 contains The Heart of Darkness through Infinite Jest.

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