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A Guide to Webcomics   Tags: comics, digital comics, online comics, web comics, web-comics, webcomics  

An introduction and subject guide to webcomics, how to find them, and much more!
Last Updated: Jun 29, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Welcome to the vast world of webcomics! You may have read graphic novels or comics in print, but webcomics are available on the Internet. This means that, for the most part, they are free to read by anyone with web access.

Webcomics are digitally-borne: In other words, whether they're created on a computer or tablet, or drawn by hand then scanned and uploaded, webcomics are first and foremost accessed via the web. By contrast, this medium differs from digitized versions of print comics—such as open archives (Digital Comic Musem, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University, etc.), and commercially available digital comics sold through vendors like ComiXology. Furthermore, webcomics are generally free of digital rights' management (DRM) which could make comics (and other digital media) inaccessible.

Soon after the web came into being, the first webcomics appeared in 1993—with Where the Buffalo Roam (Hans Bjordahl) and Doctor Fun (David Farley). Since the inception of the web, this comics medium has exploded and continues to thrive.

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How to Use This Guide

This guide is aimed at a general adult audience—anyone who is curious about storytelling with new media, people who enjoy print comics and graphic novels, or even those who would like an introduction to and examples of this online form of art and literature. There are four sections, denoted by the tabs in the navigation bar near the top of each page:

  • Home: This introductory page.
  • Reading Webcomics: Tips on how to read webcomics, plus an overview of their genres and styles—with links to some webcomics.
  • Finding Webcomics: Here you can find webcomics from a wide variety of websites and search engines.
  • Further Resources: Comics conventions, apps, tools, and books on webcomics—as well as tips on how to support their creators.

About the Author

A Guide to Webcomics was created by Sarah Liberman as a project for Reference and Information Services (LIBR 210)—a course in the MLIS graduate program at San José State University's School of Information.

Questions, suggestions, or corrections? Please contact me at sarah {dot} liberman at sjsu {dot} edu.


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