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Black Comics and Graphic Novels: Reference, Commentary, and Criticism

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.


The Research and Reference Division provides access to encyclopedias, criticism, commentary, history and biographies centered on black comics and graphic novels.

Archival Collections



Black Women in Sequence

Researching the World of Black Comics

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 Americans -- Comic books, strips, etc.

Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States -- History and criticism.