Graphic novels have seen a huge resurgence in popularity in recent years. A combination of written words and illustrations, graphic novels are typically fictional works but can fall under any genre.
Although graphic novels are similar to comic books, they differ in a handful of ways. Traditionally, graphic novels cost more than comics due to their high-quality production value; they often contain an entire story and, therefore, are longer in length. Despite their differences, graphic novels,comic books and zines are all examples of graphic storytelling.
The sources listed in this guide were chosen because they are works created or illustrated by people who are Indigenous and Native. These works center and accurately represent these communities, and do not present them as caricatures or stereotypes - as has often been the case with Indigenous representation in comics.
Some of these sources are easier to find than others and can be purchased online at retailers such as Amazon. Others are found only via independent companies or events, such as Strong Nations and Indigenous Comic Con.
Locating graphic novels focusing exclusively on Indigenous People and Native Americans can prove challenging!
Patrons will have the most success if they take the following steps:
Keywords for locating graphic novels, comic books and magazines (or 'zines'):