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Online collections, centers of study, scholarly conferences, discussions and libraries. University campuses and libraries around the globe hold many of the most important collections of comic books, and original sequential artwork. Increasingly they are offering opportunities to study the comic genre and academic conferences.

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Offers Batchelor of Fine Arts in Animation

Michael J. Ciaraldi collection (over 60,000 books) is housed at Brown University and is currently being catalogued and installed for researchers. The collection is not currently available on-line

Home of Student Comic Book Publishing Group at Western Maryland College in Westminster, MD.

Collection of math related comics and cartoons for both enjoyment and educational use

The largest cartoon-related research facility in the United States.

Current holdings include more than 370,000 graphic materials, including 240,000 original cartoons; more than 20,000 books; more than 13,000 serial titles; and more than 2,800 linear feet of manuscript materials. The papers of Milton Caniff, the Walt Kelly Collection, the Robert Roy Metz Collection, the Woody Gelman Collection of Winsor McCay cartoons, and the Will Eisner Collection are the most notable cartoon art collections. Archival collections related to the profession of cartooning include the records of or the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, the National Cartoonists Society, and the Newspaper Features Council, as well as extensive files on more than 3,000 cartoonists; and the library also maintains a clipping file organized by cartoon-related topics.

The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) offers a course of study designed for a small group of dedicated students with a passion and appreciation for graphic novels, storytelling, writing, comics, and design. Experienced and internationally recognized cartoonists, writers, and designers will teach classes

Offers Media Studies including animation

Details the Graphic Arts Collection holdings and online exhibits

small part of a comprehensive site for scholarly discussion

I am an English professor at Palomar College, a community college located 40 miles north of San Diego. At Palomar, I created the first ever comics-based literature course, English 290, "Comic Books As Literature," and my website contains a good deal of information about this course and comics in general.

Nice collection of original artwork and accompanying materials. Mostly donated by Harry A Chesler. No description of holdings available at site but access to Internet Public Library Ready Reference provides access to other collections of interest.

"Making fun of the Geeky things we do."

Centers on DnD role playing humor and other general gamming jokes.

ICAF, the International Comic Arts Festival is an international summit at which artists, editors, scholars, curators and anyone with a passion for comics can meet and share ideas. The format allows for both formal and informal lectures, chalk talks and roundtable discussions. ICAF is the foremost annual gathering of comics scholars, critics and historians in the world.

Dedicated to aspiring cartoonists who are dedicated to becoming professionals in cartooning, comic book, and the general field of commercial art. Also offers correspondence courses

The Comic Art Collection holds over 130,000 items. Local students and advanced scholars from around the world find this collection to be the primary library resource for the study of U.S. comic book publications.

Offers Batchelor of Fine Arts (4 years) in Comics & Cartooning and also in Animation

Offers BFA programs in both New York and Paris

Details research access and collections housed at BGSU. The Popular Culture Library collection contains a large assortment of comic books as well as manuscript and special collections, which are supplemented by secondary monographs about cartoons and cartoonists, animation, and illustration.

BFA in Film/Animation/Video

BFA in Computer Animation and Illustration

Offers a major in Sequential Art.

Offers Batchelor of Fine Arts in Comics, Animation, Advertising, Graphic Design

Hampshire, England based archive of thousands of samples of animation

Use Illinet Online Quick Query to review archives

Over 10,000 books and manuscripts of and about comics. Searchable database of titles with descriptions.

Shows a Periodic Table of the Elements (a systematic arrangement of all the known chemical elements according to their atomic structure) and comic books that featured those elements, both in their characters and plots.

The world's largest cataloged collection of science fiction materials. It contains over 65,000 volumes, and many thousands of issues of hundreds of titles of science fiction and fantasy magazines, thousands of comic books, graphic novels, about 45,000 issues of fanzines (science fiction fan club newsletters), and the literary papers of some of the world's great science fiction writers, like Anne McCaffrey, Robert Forward, and Gregory Benford.

Information about the Centre, its collection of over 80,000 original pieces of cartoon, caricature and strip art, publications etc for sale, searchable database of over 30,000 detailed records of cartoons published in the British press since 1904. Also details research programme, available for UK candidates only.

Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Nell Dismukes McWhorter Memorial Collection The world's largest institutional collection of works by the creator of "Tarzan," including all appearances in print, posters, film and videotape, manuscripts and memorabilia.

The Laura Jane Musser Oziana Collection, L. Frank Baum miscellanea, and other miscellaneous children's literature. Includes hundreds of comic books comic books. Collection is currently being physically relocated and further details will available in 2000

Comics, Heroes, and American Visual Culture

9 November 2001 - 24 February 2002

Comics, Heroes, and American Visual Culture features nearly seventy works of comic and superhero art drawn from the Dan F. and Barbara J. Howard Collection of American Popular Art. Consisting of over one-hundred works as well as a significant research library, this collection was recently donated to the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden through the University of Nebraska Foundation.


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