General policies and principles for the Library's collections are stated in the General Collection Development Policy.

Purpose of the Collection

The purpose of the World Comics Collection is to bring together graphic narratives including bande dessinées, cartoneras, comic books, comic strips, cordeis, graphic novels, manga, manhwa, print cartoons, zines, etc.  This circulating collection is worldwide and multilingual in scope and is comprised of traditional and non-traditional print formats.



A variety of areas are covered.

Geographical Coverage

A variety of areas are covered.


All languages may be collected with an emphasis on English-language materials.

Chronological limits/Periods coverage

The majority of the collection covers 19XX-present

Publication dates

Emphasis is on current publications, with selective purchase of retrospective materials to support research and teaching needs and to enhance specific areas of the collection.

Types of Materials Collected


  • Traditional and non-traditional print formats are collected.
  • Materials are purchased with a variety of funds, primarily in Humanities and Ethnic,Gender and Area studies.
  • Secondary literature, including history and criticism of comics, is not within the scope of this collection and is kept in the circulating stacks or in Special Research Collections, primarily in the call number range PN6700-6790.

Related collection development policies:

Subject librarian: Chizu Morihara
Policy Last Updated: October 2018