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Comics @ SDSU

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The Collection

The Comic Arts Collection at the SDSU Library is home to more than 100,000 comics, secondary research about comics and numerous archival collections. Sponsored by alumnus, Jack Sword, the circulating Comic Arts Collection includes both original comics and scholarship about the comic arts and is located in the Comics Corner on the first floor of Love Library. The comics in Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA) do not circulate.

The collection emphasizes alternative and independent titles, underground comix, drawn books and Modern Age comics, as well as materials that document the history of comic book culture, fandom and the creative process behind comic book production. Noteworthy holdings include a large collection of ephemera and memorabilia from fan conventions, comics that focus on all aspects of diversity, self-published and mini-comics, the J. Gordon Melton Vampire Collection, and vintage comics and comic strips.

Check out the Library’s Comic Arts Research Guide for more information: https://libguides.sdsu.edu/comicarts 

The SDSU Community

Comics@SDSU, our comics studies collaborative, is a grass-roots cross-college initiative whose goal is to cultivate innovative teaching, pursue transformative research, and foster vibrant community interaction, especially with regard to the unique power of the comics medium to bring about social change. Find out more: https://sites.google.com/sdsu.edu/comicsworkinggroup

SDSU Big Ideas Initiative

Comics shine a spotlight on all kinds of social injustice; they imagine a better world; and they empower their readers to bring into being more equitable and just futures. Comics@SDSU’s Comics and Social Justice Initiative, a semi-finalist in SDSU’s Big Ideas Initiative, harnesses the power of comics to visualize and to manifest a better world by: 

  • connecting makers and researchers --- through creative activity, vibrant conferences, and innovative publications --- to produce comics and scholarship that bring about meaningful social change; 

  • energizing students to envision a better world through dynamic curriculum and research and creative opportunities with comics;

  • demonstrating the power of the comics medium to call out social injustice and point the way to solutions.

Learn more about the Big Ideas Initiative: https://president.sdsu.edu/moving-forward/big-ideas/proposals/comics-and-social-justice 

Connect with Us

Twitter: @comicsatsdsu 

Blog: https://comics.sdsu.edu/ 

Support the Comic Arts Collection

Monetary donations are always welcome: https://library.sdsu.edu/about-us/support-library 

Book and archival donations are considered on a case-by-case basis.