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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Global Popular Culture: International Comics

A guide to popular culture materials and scholarship from around the world.

International Comics

The University of Illinois library has nearly 10,000 comics and graphic novels in its collection. About 4,000 of those are from countries other than the U.S., with about 1400 English titles. The word cloud to the right highlights some of the most common subject terms for international comics in the catalog. Illinois has a particularly rich collection of South Asian comics, with over 1600 titles. Visit the South Asian Comic Collection LibGuide to learn more.

Use the map below to explore the international comics collection. To browse comics in the catalog, do an advanced subject search for “comic books, strips, etc.” OR “graphic novels,” then use the links at the right of the page to filter by country, language, genre, and subject.

Doing research? In addition to the resources listed below, the Library has several international bibliographies of comics and comics scholarship. The comics tabs in the area studies sections above highlight resources and comics from those areas.

Search Terms

Use these terms in subject searches in the library catalog or databases, plus the country, language, or region you're interested in:

  • Graphic novels
  • Graphic fiction
  • Graphic nonfiction
  • Comic books, strips, etc.
  • Comic book novels
  • Caricatures and cartoons

General Resources

Journals and Web Sites


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Map created by Sarah Sahn for IS590DH, Digital Humanities, in Spring 2018, using data from the University of Illinois Library catalog and open source software. The data was cleaned and visualized using OpenRefine. The data visualizations were created in Tableau Public. The word cloud was created using Voyant.