PopeyePeanutsThe Family CircusThe FarSideZippy the PinheadDoonesburyBloom CountyGet FuzzyGarfieldFor Better, For Worse
The FlashThe Flash: RebirthX-MenAstonishing X-MenBuffy
LaikaThe PhotographerMarblesRelishPride & Prejudice
Amelia Rules!BabymouseBig NateChip 'N' DaleTiny TitansAstronaut AcademyBoneMagic PickleOwly
American Born ChineseAnya's GhostBattling BoyCursed Pirate GirlEssex CountyMind MGMTSaga
CowaFullMetal AlchemistExit Wounds
Cyanide & HappinessHark A Vagrant!PhD ComicsxkcdQuestionable ContentEighth Grade
This is the "What's a Comic?" page of the "Comics for All Ages" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

Comics for All Ages   Tags: comics, graphic novels  

Last Updated: Nov 5, 2015 URL: http://libguides.davenportlibrary.com/comicsforallages Print Guide RSS Updates

What's a Comic? Print Page

What's a Comic?

Familiarity with graphic novels is not a must in order to read and understand any of the comics listed within this website. If you want to read more about what a graphic novel is and the many different formats that they come in, check out the books and websites listed on this page. Still have questions? Send me an email!

Check out the books and websites on this page to learn more about the differences between comic styles and formats.

Helpful Websites

  • Reading With Pictures
    This website was founded in 2009 by cartoonist Josh Elder as a way to show just how the use of comics in education is ultimately beneficial for both students and teachers. This nonprofit has done multiple research efforts on just how comics can be used to promote literacy and how this format is necessary and should not be overlooked. There are multiple tools and resources, as well as published physical volumes about comics, available for educators, parents, publishers, and advocates that can be used to both help children understand comics and to help adults realize the importance of comics.
  • Andrews McMeel Publishing Teacher Guides
    If you’re looking for guides about certain comics and graphic novels, look no further than AMP’s website of teacher guides and activities. These are available online for download right from this site, making teaching and understanding certain issues easier. AMP offers a guide to teaching with comics and illustrated novels, as well as guides to multiple Big Nate volumes, Foxtrot, Beginning Pearls, Lio, Mighty Alice, Snoopy, Desmond Pucket, and Charlie Brown. The overall guide to teaching comics and illustrated novels provides definitions of certain terms used frequently (ie. comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, and illustrated novels). Extra physical resources and online resources are also listed at teh end of this guide.

Decoding Comics

Cover Art
Understanding Comics - Scott McCloud
ISBN: 006097625X
Publication Date: 1994-04-27

Cover Art
Reading with Pictures - Josh Elder (Editor)
ISBN: 9781449458782
Publication Date: 2014-08-05

Subject Guide

Profile Image
Stephanie Arbet
Contact Info
Reference Librarian
Davenport Public Library
321 Main Street
Davenport, IA 52801
Send Email

Looking for more information about comics? Search away!


Loading  Loading...