Recommended texts and texts about comics, and comics in education - this comes from my class list and a recent paper proposal, i'll be adding to it and reorganizing it as this site grows... Feel free to send me recommended readings to add to the list. - Nick

Madden, M. & Abel, J. Drawing words and writing pictures.
McCloud, S. (1993). Understanding comics. Northampton, MA: Kitchen Sink Press, Inc.
Monnin Teaching graphic novels
Carter Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels.

Ayers, W., & Alexander-Tanner, R. (2010). To teach: The journey in comics. New York: Teachers
College Press.
Bakis, Maureen. The graphic novel classroom.
Barry, L. (2010). Picture this: The near-sighted monkey book. Montreal: Drawn & Quarterly.
Bitz, M. When commas meet kryptonite.
Carter, J.B. Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels.
the Comic Book Project:
Drooker, E. Flood.
Eisner, W. Comics and sequential art.
Eisner, W. Dropsie avenue: The neighborhood.
Fleming, A.M. The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam.
Gaiman, N. The Sandman.
Groensteen, T. (2007). The system of comics. (B. Beaty & N. Nguyen, Trans.). Jackson, MS: University
Press of Mississippi.
Guibert/Lefevre. The photographer.
Kuper, P. The system.
Madden, M. & Abel, J. Drawing words and writing pictures. Drawing Words Writing Pictures SITE
Making Curriculum Pop educational resource network:
On teaching graphic novels:
Mazzucchelli, D. Asterios Polyp.
Mazzucchelli, D., & Karasik. Paul Auster’s City of glass.
McCloud, S. (1993). Understanding comics. Northampton, MA: Kitchen Sink Press, Inc.
McCloud, S. (2006). Making comics. New York: Harper.
McKean, D. Cages.
Monnin, K. Teaching graphic novels
Moore, A., & Gibbons, D. (1987). Watchmen. New York: DC Comics Inc.
Moore, A., & Lloyd, D. V for vendetta.
Neufeld, J. (2009). A.D. New Orleans after the deluge. New York: Pantheon Books.
Ottaviani, J., etc. Fallout, and other titles
Ottaviani, Cannon/Cannon. T-minus: The race to the moon.
Pekar, H. & Haspiel, D. The quitter.
Pekar, H., & various. American splendor.
Sacco, J. Palestine.
Satrapi, M. Persepolis.
Small, D. Stitches.
Spiegelman, A. (1997). Maus: A survivor’s tale. New York: Pantheon Books.
Talbot, B. Alice in Sunderland.
Tan, S. The arrival.
Thompson, C. Blankets.
Ware, Chris. (2000). Jimmy Corrigan: The smartest kid on earth. New York: Pantheon Books.
Comic Book Literacy Film:
Carter, B. (2007). Transforming English with Graphic Novels: Moving toward Our "Optimus Prime" Ujiie, J., and Krashen, S.D. (1996). Comic Book Reading, Reading Enjoyment, and Pleasure Reading Among.
Understanding Rhetoric: A graphic guide to writing by Liz Losh, Jonathan Alexander, Kevin Cannon, Zander Cannon
Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle by Frederick Luis Aldama.
Review of Multicultural Comics by Orion Kidder
Watchmen as Literature by Sarah J. Van NessV for Vendetta as Cultural Pastiche by James R. KellerSexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore Edited by Comer and Sommers
Trevor R. Gertz, illustrated by Liz Clarke Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History, (Oxford, 2011)'Portraying 9/11. Essays on Representations in Comics, Literature, Films, and Theatre' McFarland Press.
Health Care Reform explained in Graphic Novel Form - by Jonathan Gruber
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes and Superheroes - by Bart Beatty & Stephen WeinerThe Daniel Clowes Reader edited by Ken Parille - pdf book overviewBarbara Postema Narrative Structure in Comics: Making Sense of Fragments, explains how comics create meaning for readers by cleverly combining still images with text.Interview w/Rob Weiner & Carrye Kay Syma on their book Graphic Novels in the Classroom - from SciFi Pulse
Review of Hillary Chute's "Outside the Box": Interviews with Contemporary cartoonists - by Seamus O'Malley
Heroines of comic books & literature: portrayals in popular culture by Bajac-Carter, Jones, & Batchelor.

COMICS: A Global History, 1968 to the Present Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner (2014)

More recommended (by others) on comics
Graphic novel guides for libraries:
Cornog, Martha and Timothy Perper (ed.): Graphic Novels Beyond the Basics. Insights and Issues for Libraries. Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2009.
Matz, Chris: "Collecting comic books for an academic library." In: Collection Building 23 (2004), pp 96-99. (
Pawuk, Michael: Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More. (Genreflecting Advisory Series.) Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.
The Reader's Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels, Francisca Goldsmith
Comic Book Collections for Librarians, by Brian and Jody Fagan
The Librarians' Guide to Graphic Novels for Children and Tweens, by David Serchay (there's also one for Adults by this author)
Robert G. Weiner's (2010) Graphic Novels and Comics in Libraries and Archives. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company Inc
500 Essential Graphic Novels: The Ultimate guide, Gene Kannenberg Jr.
Graphic novels now: building, managing, and marketing a dynamic collection, Francisca Goldsmith
The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels, Danny Fingeroth
Stephen Weiner The 101 Best Graphic Novels
Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives ed. by Stein, Denson, & MeyerFrom Comic Strips to Graphic Novels: Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative*, edited by Jan-Noël Thon and Daniel Stein:
The Superhero Reader, Jeet Heer, Kent Worcester and Charles Hatfield, UP of Mississippi.


Abel, J., & Madden, M. (2008). Drawing words and writing pictures. New York: First Second.
Arnheim, R. (1997, 1969). Visual thinking. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Bitz, M. (2010). When commas meet kryptonite: Classroom lessons from the comic book project. New
York: Teachers College Press.
Bosman, J. (October 8, 2010). Picture books no longer a staple for children. The New York Times (online).
Retrieved from
Calvino, I. (1993). Six memos for the next millennium. New York: Vintage International.
Carter, J.B. (Ed.). (2007). Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels. Urbana, IL: National
Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
Chute, H. (2009). History and graphic representation in Maus. In J. Heer & K. Worcester (Eds.),
A comics studies reader (340-362). Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.
Dewey, J. (2005, 1934). Art as experience. New York: Perigree.
Ghiselin, B. (1952). The creative process. New York: Mentor.
Harvey, R.C. (1979). The aesthetics of the comic strip. The Journal of Popular Culture, XII, 640-652.
Hoffman, D. (1998). Visual intelligence: How we create what we see. New York: W.W. Norton &
Company, Inc.
Kress, G., Jewitt, C., Ogborn, J., & Tsatsarelis, C. (2001). Multimodal teaching and learning: The
rhetorics of the science classroom. London & New York: Continuum.
Langer, S.K. (1957). Philosophy in a new key: A study in the symbolism of reason, rite, and art (3rd
ed.). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Lewis, D. (2001). Reading contemporary picturebooks: Picturing text. London and New York:
McCloud, S. (1993). Understanding comics. Northampton, MA: Kitchen Sink Press, Inc.
Monnin, K. (2010). Teaching graphic novels. Gainesville, FL: Maupin House Publishing, Inc.
Moore, A., & Gibbons, D. (1987). Watchmen. New York: DC Comics Inc.
Root-Bernstein, R.S. (1985). Visual thinking: The art of imagining reality. Transactions of the American
Philosophical Society, New Series, 75(6), 50-67.
Sundstrom, L. (April 13, 2011). A scroll to the editor: We love to read! The New York Times (online).
Retrieved from
Vygotsky, L. (1986). Thought and language. (A. Kozulin, Trans.). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.