The comics and graphic novels collection at the Art, Achitecture & Engineering Library (AAEL) is developed to meet the current and future teaching and research needs of UM faculty, students and staff.
Comics are a particularly visual medium, and browsing and discovery are an important part of the collection’s usage. Thus co-location of the materials as a collection is a priority, as is having the materials available on-site. (Materials may be kept in local storage due to being rare, of unusual size, and/or explicit content.)
While the comics collection at AAEL will strive to be representative of all facets of comics and graphic narratives, it will focus special attention to the following areas:
- Works that are primarily the product of an individual creator
- Works that are by, for, and/or about populations that are historically underrepresented in the comics art form (e.g., women, LGBTQ populations, ethnic and religious minorities)
- Works that are highly regarded in the field (e.g., highly reviewed, winners of major industry awards, etc. - see below)
- Works of historical significance
- Works by local/Michigan creators
- Secondary materials, such as academic studies, reference works, serial publications, historical works, and biographies of cartoonists
The above list should not be taken to be exhaustive, nor is it intended to preclude the acquisition of additional works beyond those enumerated.