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Underground and Independent Comics

Mar 15, 2011

The Library has a trial subscription to a new digital resource from Alexander Street Press. According to the publisher, "Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels is the first ever scholarly, primary source database focusing on adult comic books and graphic novels. Beginning with the first underground comix from the 1960's to the works of modern sequential artists, this collection will contain more than 75,000 pages of comics and graphic novels, along with 25,000 pages of interviews, criticism, and journal articles that document the continual growth and evolution of this artform."  The current release contains 215 comic series, 1,065 comic books totalling 66,109 pages.

We need feedback from users to prioritize this resource among other potential acquisitions.  Please view it during the trail period and send feedback to Sue Searing, searing@illinois.edu.  It would be most helpful to learn if and how this resource would enhance your research or teaching, since its value for leisure reading is apparent.  Please submit your thoughts on this product by the end of March.