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Shelves of graphic novels on the 3rd floor of UNT's Willis Library


For those doing research at the UNT Libraries, there are several ways to access all of our Comics Studies materials.  Some of these, like our electronic databases, ebooks, and e-journals, are restricted to UNT students, faculty, and staff.  Others, like our physical collections, digital libraries, and online guides, can be used by anyone. And you can always consult with one of our subject specialist librarians to help with all your research questions. Read more

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The character Echo, a deaf Indigenous woman, throws a kick with her prosthetic leg at an attacking thug inside the arcade of a bowling alley.

Review by Jennifer Gómez Menjívar

The Echo (2024) series was released on January 9, 2024, on Disney+ and Hulu, setting a major streaming record despite the show’s TV-MA rating. Featuring established characters like the Kingpin and Daredevil only briefly, the series instead focuses on the titular character and takes viewers to her homeland.

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Sticker that says "The Comics Studies Society"


At the end of July 2023, UNT hosted the annual Comics Studies Society Conference at the UNT Gateway Center. The conference included over 150 registered attendees, online and in-person, plus over a dozen artists, publishers, and libraries represented in the Artist’s Alley, which was open to the public. The conference was organized and hosted by UNT’s own Dr. Jo Davis-McElligatt from the Department of English and Dr. John Edward Martin from the UNT Libraries along with the CSS Conference Planning Committee.

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As of this Summer 2023, “Comics Studies” is now an official subject area in the UNT Libraries Public Services division, and John Martin has been designated as the subject librarian for comics studies. In addition to providing research, reference, and instructional support for patrons and courses at UNT, subject librarians help with collection development, resource creation, programming, and outreach related to their areas.  Read more

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Cover of Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki & Steve Pugh. Show's Harley in skater-punk gear leaping in the air with a baseball bat.

Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh’s graphic novel Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (2019) reintroduces the DC comics antiheroine Harley Quinn as a teenage girl who arrives in Gotham after a childhood full of poverty, familial strife, and an already long rap sheet. As she begins to find her place in the world and discover more about who she wants to be, Harley learns valuable lessons about fighting for what’s right amidst profound structural injustice. Read more

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Please join the UNT Libraries for a Digital Scholarship & Comics Studies Event:

Panels & Pixels: A Virtual Comics Exhibition

Are you a comics fan, collector, or artist?  We’d love to see some of your art or your collection and hear about why comics are an important part of your work, your classes, your hobbies, or just your general interests!  

This event aims to highlight both the popularity and relevance of comics and comic art in an academic setting, as well as envisioning the university and its campus as a creative space for artists, writers, and readers of comics.  We also want to show how digital tools and technologies can be used to create communities of shared interest and study both inside and outside of the university. Read more

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Adam Matthew Cartoon and comic Sources

Among the many useful electronic databases and digital archival collections at the UNT Libraries are our Adam Matthew databases, some of which were only recently acquired. These databases are accessible online to UNT faculty, staff and students, using your EUID and password, or from a computer station inside the library. They provide access to thousands of historic documents and primary resources for scholarship and teaching. Among these resources are images from newspapers, serial publications, pamphlets, broadsides, and other documents that often include historic cartoons, comic strips, and even some early comic books related to the subjects covered by these databases, including African American history, gender & identity, children’s literature, Victorian literature, and more. Read more