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
Please join us on Wednesday, November 8, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., in Willis Library 130, for an “Into the Archieverse” Research Day! Read more
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.
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
Registration is now open for the 2023 Comics Studies Society Conference, “Comics on the Margins,” coming to UNT this summer (July 27-29, 2023) at the Gateway Center
We’re excited to share the news that the 2023 Comics Studies Society Annual Conference, “Comics on the Margins“, is coming to the University of North Texas, July 27-29, 2023! Read more
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
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
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
For our first Comics Studies Reading Group meeting this Fall, we’ll be reading Mariko Tamaki & Steve Pugh’s multiple Eisner Award-winning graphic novel, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (2019). For fans of Harley, Birds of Prey, or the recent Suicide Squad films, this book offers a unique take on the coming-of-age story and on a character that’s broken through a lot of barriers in her history.
The reading group is open to UNT faculty, students, staff, or community members who want to read and discuss comics, graphic novels, manga, anime, film, grapnic narrative, or comic art for the purposes of research, teaching, creating comics, or just enjoying as fans and collectors. We ask that all participants be respectful, thoughtful, and open to the ideas, feelings, and experiences of others in the group.
We’ll be meeting via Zoom on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 1 p.m. If you’re interested in joining us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom link.
Today is Earth Day, and in keeping with that theme we present this story about a team of six cartoon owl superheroes—the Whobuddies—whose job is to save the Earth from environmental disasters and encourage humans to become heroes themselves by conserving and protecting our precious natural resources.