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Black Comics and Graphic Novels: Black Cartoonists

This guide provides an introduction to the collection of Black comics and graphic novels, and all related materials at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.


Black cartoonists are often overlooked within the comics industry, but if you would like to learn more about pioneering black cartoonists you will find many resources available to you in the Research and Reference Division.

Black Cartoonists

Researching Black Cartoonists

The Library's catalog can be accessed by using the url:

You may begin your research by conducting a subject heading search. Some sample subject headings for comic book and graphic novel include:  

African American cartoonists.

African American women cartoonists -- Biography.​

African Americans -- Comic books, strips, etc.

African Americans in art.

Jackie Ormes

Jackie Ormes sitting at a drafting table looking at the camera

Jackie Ormes

Morrie Turner

Morrie Turner at drafting table drawing characters

Morrie Turner

Carolyn Jetter Greene

Photo of author sittingCartoon of Black Woman with Afro and 70s clothing