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About this Resource List

April is Comics & Graphic Novels month in the library as we recognize the efforts and creativity of the students in our Comics and Graphic Novel Program.

This list features works that prove the artistic and literary impact of comics and graphic novels. All of the resources presented are available electronically – online, from the safety of your home – and made available by the Camosun library.

From all of us at the Camosun Library – we are working hard to stay connected with you and deliver the resources you need during this challenging time. We miss you! 

Analysis & Critique

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In Love with Art: Françoise Mouly's Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman

Jeet Heer, 2013
Learn about the woman behind the graphic novel revolution, Françoise Mouly
Based on exclusive interviews with Mouly, husband Art Spiegelman, (creator of Pulitzer winning Maus) and a pantheon of comics artists, In Love With Art is both the first book-length portrait of a female pioneer in a male-dominated industry and a rare, behind-the-scenes look at some of today's most iconic images.

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Invaders from the North: How Canada Conquered the Comic Book Universe

John Bell, Foreword by Seth, 2006
If you are enjoying WarBears by Margaret Atwood and Camosun’s own Ken Steacy, or you are interested in Canada’s impressive contributions to comics and graphics novels, this richly illustrated historical survey is perfect for you!

La parodie dans la bande dessinée franco-belge: Critique ou esthétisme?

Pierre Huard, 2016
La parodie, qui consiste en une imitation caricaturale d’une œuvre ou d’une personne, est présente dans la bande dessinée dès les débuts de celle-ci. Elle acquiert néanmoins rapidement un deuxième degré en devenant une parodie de genre quand, notamment, la série Lucky Luke parodie l’épopée western.

Palookaville: Seth and the Art of Graphic Autobiography

Tom Smart, 2016
Palookaville... examines the micro-separation between Canadian cartoonist Seth's (Gregory Gallant) art and life, between his graphic fiction and the autobiographical elements that it contains. Smart's analysis of the Palookaville story unfolds tantalizing clues into the artist's construction of identity, but more, it reveals art's ability to make sense of life, the passage of time, and perhaps even our own humanity.

Interactive Graphic Novel from the NFB

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The Loxleys and the War of 1812

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in partnership with the Department of Canadian Heritage, 2012
Based on the book from Renegade Arts Entertainment and re-imagined for the iPad by the NFB, this immersive interactive graphic novel brings history to life.

The Loxleys and the War of 1812 tells the story of a fictional settler family from Upper Canada. Torn apart by the War of 1812, conflict with the US which raged over 200 years ago, the Loxleys take part in battles, encounter now legendary historical figures, and do what they can to survive.

Download available for free on the App Store. Click on the title link above for more details.

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NFB Films

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The Devil You Know: Inside the Mind of Todd McFarlane

Directed by Kenton Vaughan
National Film Board of Canada

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Panoramic Chronicle

Directed by Jean-Matthieu Tanguy & Lewis Trondheim
National Film Board of Canada

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The Persistent Peddler

Directed by Claude Cloutier
National Film Board of Canada

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I Can Make Art

Directed by Jane Churchill
National Film Board of Canada

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Nothing Sacred

Directed by Garry Beitel
National Film Board of Canada

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Free Love

Directed by Aude Picault
National Film Board of Canada