[The following blog post was written by Kristin E. Cangialosi, a graduate student in the Department of Library & Information Studies.]
It’s that time of the semester when it seems all the work you were putting off until after Spring Break is converging into one mega-mound of stress! Relieve some tension by escaping into an alternate universe. How do you get to this alternate universe? Go to Lockwood Library, take the elevator to the 3rd floor, hang a left, and walk past the periodicals to find the Graphic Novels Collection.
A graphic novel is a full length story in comic book format, usually published as a book. You will find many familiar comic book characters in the collection, like Batman and the Fantastic Four. You will recognize some movie and TV show titles, like The Walking Dead and Sin City. But there are also many titles you would not expect to find on the shelf next to the likes of Wonder Woman.
Some graphic novels are grounded in our universe but use fictitious characters to tell the story, like the Holocaust retelling in Maus: A Survivor’s Tale where Jews are portrayed as mice, and Nazis are portrayed as cats. Other graphic novels are artistic adaptations of classical fiction like Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility or the Sherlock Holmes’ tale “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. Titles like The Manga Guide to Statistics or Darwin: A Graphic Biography prove that graphic novels can also be non-fiction, even educational.
There are several ways to find graphic novels at the UB Libraries.
- Browse the Graphic Novels Collection in person!
- Conduct a Catalog “Advanced” Search.
1. Go to the Catalog Advanced Search page and type in a term describing what you are looking for, such as adaptation or Marvel.
2. Scroll down and select “Graphic Novel” under “Format”.
3. On the results page, you can use the limits along the left-hand side to further narrow down your choices.
4. Once you find a title you want you can either jot down the call # to locate it yourself, or you can put in a Delivery+ request to pick it up at the UB library of your choice.
- Speak with Michael Lavin, the librarian that selects titles for and manages the Graphic Novels Collection.
Delve into a graphic novel and treat yourself to some much deserved escapism; your brain will be grateful.