The NCSU Libraries’ Focus on Comics Event Series has highlighted the cultural and academic importance of comic books, both emerging and historical. At two of the series’ events, the screening of the documentary She Makes Comics and Dr. Maggie Simon’s discussion Comics and Graphic Novels: The New Literature , the Special Collection Research Center showed off highlights of our collections related to comic books, graphic novels, and books as art objects. The featured items were selected because of their connections to comic book history and cultural context, women in comics as creators and characters, and unique approaches to graphic media.
The displays included highlights from the Douglas Ward American Comic Books Collection , the Scott Green Collection of Comics-Related Publications , rare books such as Lynd Ward’s wordless novel God’s Man , Thomas Ockerse’s A-Z Book , and Claire Van Vliet’s Aunt Sallie’s Lament , and highlights from our collection of pop-up books.
If you are interested in using these or any other Special Collections materials , or would like to learn more about the Special Collections Research Center , please contact us!