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Comics and Graphic Novels: Finding Comics

Find out what the BPCL has in comics/graphic novels and how to find them!

Catalog Searches

These are basic searches for comics:

Searching the Catalogs for Books

To find books, you can search the three main catalogs:

  • BGSU Libraries Catalog -- contains books, magazines and journals, videos, music, electronic resources that are owned by BGSU. Almost all of them are located on campus, with some located at the Firelands campus library and the Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository (those can be requested).

  • OhioLINK Central Catalog -- contains books, videos, music, electronic resources from academic and some large public libraries in Ohio. Request online, delivery to Jerome Main Circulation desk in 2-3 business days.

  • WorldCat Catalog -- tens of thousands of academic, public, and special libraries internationally. Got some time, and can't find it in OhioLINK? You can request things not owned by BGSU or OhioLINK via interlibrary loan -- average delivery time is 17 days. It's best to get help from a reference librarian to make sure there's not a faster way to get what you need.

How to find comics


The BPCL has over 50,000 comics, all of which can be searched in the library catalog.  To find them, search by title, subject, or keyword (e.g. character).  Try the box to the left for basic subject searches in the catalog.  See below for other ideas and examples.  Feel free to try your own keywords or subjects.

Comics in the BPCL are usually cataloged like periodicals.  This means that individual authors and artists are not usually searchable, since the catalog record is for entire series'.

Searching by character - examples (try any character!)

Searching by artist/author - example (try any artist!)

Reference books on comics

See below for a selected list of books on comics.