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  • A home page containing reviews and articles about comic strips and comic books, and articles on their writers andartists.
  • Web Guide to Classics Illustrated Comics.
  • Website of the Special Collections and Archives of the James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, which houses "nearly 10,000 comic books dating primarily from the 1970s-1990s the papers and drawings of two Richmond political cartoonists and several other related manuscriptcollections an extensive collection of reference journals donated by Dr. M. Thomas Inge, an expert on popular culture and the history of the comic arts and a growing collection of reference books supporting the study of all areas of the comic arts."
  • A "non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of First AMendment rights for members of the comics community."
  • This "site is designed to introduce librarians (as well as teachers and parents) to the rich, diverseofferings from today's comics book publishers, and to encourage the acquisition of comic books and graphic novels in libraries serving young adults."
  • Extensive directory of resources arranged by category. From the State University of New York, University at Buffalo.
  • "The Comics Journal is a magazine that covers the comics medium from an arts-first perspective. We are owned and operated by Fantagraphics Books, a leading publisher of alternative comic books ."
  • More than 10.000 entries related to comic books, comic strips, animation, caricature, cartoons, bandes desinees, and other topics.
  • "Friends of Lulu is a national nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage female readership and participation in the comic book industry."
  • Searches title, publisher, year, book, or story and finds the work of a particular artist, writer, letterer.
  • This site features "an illustrated compendium of over 4,000 international comic artists with biographies and artwork examples."
  • MSU's "Comic Art Collection holds over 150,000 items. Most of these items are comic books, but also included are nearly 1,000 books of collected newspaper comic strips, and several thousand books and periodicals about comics. Although some archival material and a few dozen pieces of original comic book and comic strip art are held, the focus of the collection is on published work, in an effort to present a complete picture of what the audience has seen over the years of the twentieth century.
  • Database features bibliograpic records of over 1,000 "underground" comic books.

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