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Happy Comic-Con, Everybody!

It’s time! San Diego is preparing for its 50th annual multi-day Comic-Con International. Every July, we observe this joyous time of year by reflecting on the comic arts and other popular culture happenings at the SDSU Library.

Our Comic Arts Collection Has Grown

Thanks to the generosity of donors, we have amassed nearly 80,000 non-circulating floppy comics and countless graphic novels. More than half of our single issue floppy comics are now sorted, preserved and cataloged! You can view them in our online database and request to read them in the library’s Special Collections & University Archives Department. 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, full runs of RAW Magazine and Milestone Comics, feminist literature, self-published and mini-comics, French language comics, several popular manga series, and vintage comics and comic strips, including Disney Comics.

SOON! Another New Location for Circulating Comics

The circulating Comic Arts Collection, which includes both original comics and scholarship about the comic arts, will be relocated in early fall to its very own snazzy Comics Corner on the first floor of Love Library. This new location in between the Chicanx Collection Area and Special Collections will give the growing collection more elbow room and places it in closer geographic proximity to the non-circulating access point for comics in our Special Collections.

San Diego Comic Fest

Librarians continue to partner with a smaller, more intimate, local comic convention, San Diego Comic Fest. Started by one of the original founder’s of Comic-Con, this non-profit pop culture celebration is going into its 8th year and will be held March 5-8, 2020 at the Four Points by Sheraton on Aero Drive. The theme for the 2020 Fest is a celebration of the centennials of the births of science-fiction and fantasy master Ray Bradbury and stop-motion animation legend Ray Harryhausen!



For more information about all things related to comics at SDSU and in the San Diego community, please check out our Comic Arts Research Guide.


Many of our accomplishments have been made possible due to the generosity of our donors. Donor contributions have enabled us to purchase archival-quality preservation supplies and catalog our growing comics collection. Because of this, we’ve seen a sharp increase in the number of students using the collection for engaging and fun research projects. We could not do this without our donors - Thank You! Information on how you can join the effort is available on our donation page.


Submitted by Pamela Jackson, SDSU Popular Culture Librarian