For Further Study
If you are looking for more information about comic creation or comic scholarship, the books below are a good place to start. All of the titles listed are housed in the James Branch Cabell Special Collections and Archives Department. Materials from the collections do not circulate but are available for use in our Reading Room on the fourth floor of Cabell Library, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud, PN6710.M335 1993
- Comics & sequential art, by Will Eisner, NC1764.E47 1990
- We Told You So: Comics as Art, by Fantagraphic Books, PN6725. W4 2016
- How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, by Stan Lee, NC1764.L4 1978
- How to Create Action, Fantasy, and Adventure Comics, by Tom Alvarez, PN6710.A57 1996
For those seeking information about publishing their own comic works, here is a short list of websites that could work as a good place to start.
- Jason Thibault: The Definitive List of Comic Publisher Submission Guidelines for 2019. Published: April 2, 2019. https://jasonthibault.com/definitive-list-comic-publisher-submission-guidelines/ . Provides a long list of both commercial and independent publishers with information on their submission guidelines and the genres each are interested in.
- Careers in Comics. http://www.careersincomics.com/?page_id=44. A website for comic creators looking for information on jobs, publishing opportunities and submission calls.
- PublishersArchive.com. Published: 2018. https://publishersarchive.com/comic-book-publishers.php. A directory of publishers. Since the last update was in 2018, it may be out of date, but the number of houses listed make it a good place to start a search.
These sites and books are by no means the only resources out there for aspiring comic creators. There are literally hundreds of pages, blogs, articles, and printed volumes with advice on how to succeed. Take the time to research, and look at the official sites for publishers that interest you. Many publishing houses post their submission guidelines and job listings directly on their sites, so it is a great place to look when thinking about publication.