Graphic Novels make up a growing segment of the Mike Lutzeler Contemporary German Literature Collection of Washington University Libraries, the most extensive collection of its kind in North America.
Though Germany has never rivaled the commercial comic book industries in France, Japan, or the United States, it has a thriving independent comics scene, drawing on German graphic traditions that date back to the 19thcentury. Illustrators in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland employ inventive, unique, and deeply personal storytelling styles. The tone of these selections vary from wryly humorous to dark and sobering, but all interrogate their character’s multi-faceted identities, histories, and futures with breathtaking beauty.
The Belonging: Recent Graphic Novels from German-Speaking Countries exhibition is on display in the Lobby Cases on Level 1 of Olin Library. See our related exhibition Transnational Framings: German Visual Culture in the Age of Nationalism, 1848-1919, in Julian Edison Department of Special Collections on Level 1 of Olin Library.