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South Asian Comic Collection: Research Resources

This guide accompanies our South Asian comics collection as part of an initiative to develop a national specialized research resource for students, instructors, and scholars interested in these materials.


Search these words in the article databases:

South Asia
Graphic novels
Popular Culture
National identity
Children’s Literature
Comic books, strips, etc.
Folk literature

Subject Headings

Search the catalog for these subjects:

South Asia
Southern Asia
South Asian Literature
Graphic novels
Comic book novels
Graphic fiction
Graphic nonfiction
Comic books, strips, etc.
Comic books, strips, etc. – India
Comic books, strips, etc. – History and Criticism
India Politics and government 1947- Caricatures and cartoons.

Online Resources

Above: From Indrajal Comics Online

You may need to use your NetID and Password to gain access to these resources.


Article Databases:

Scholarly Journals:

A biannual peer-reviewed journal on comic art

A peer-reviewed journal on South Asian literature

A scholarly journal on South Asian pop culture

  • Indian Comics Journal
  • Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics

Subject Guide

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