The purpose of this resource guide is to provide a foundation for people interested in studying, teaching, and contributing to comics and comics-based scholarship within the classroom.
Each list here represents a myriad of entry points into the given topic, centered around books and periodicals found here in the MSU Libraries, while also encompassing some materials found outside the MSU Library, some freely accessible, some not (yet). For texts here in the library, a permanent record link has been included to ensure that these texts are easily found.
This list is by no means exhaustive, and instead, operates as a living Open Educational Resource (OER), one that is periodically updated by the Graphic Possibilities Research Group in the Department of English and other research collaboratives concerned with comics within the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University.
These topics are meant to be updated and added to with each annual iteration of the Graphic Possibility Research Group. Suggestions/requests for future topics can be sent to Julian Chambliss.
The resources in this guide include licensed online resources, free online resources, and books in the MSU collection for which there is no online equivalent. Some of the print-only books are circulating -- that is, they can be checked out. Others are held in Special Collections and must be used on-site in the Special Collections Reading Room in the MSU Main Library.
MSU-affiliated users (currently enrolled students, faculty and staff)
Users who are not affiliated with MSU, but DO reside in Michigan
Users who are not affiliated with MSU and DO NOT reside in Michigan