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Comic Arts Collection

The Comic Arts Collection began in the 1970s with the donation of a modest comic book collection and the papers of Richmond newspaper editorial cartoonist, Fred O. Seibel (1886 - 1968). Today, it comprises approximately 175,000 items, including more than 125,000 comic books, of which 50,000 are available for research. The collection also offers: papers and drawings of political cartoonists and related manuscript collections; many reference books and journals; science fiction, fantasy and comics-related fanzines; and original newspaper comic strip art. VCU Libraries also serves as the repository for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Archives.

The collection represents many artistic styles, literary genres, time periods and subject matters and can serve as a source of ideas and inspiration for students. 

Class visits and research consultations

We offer in-depth research consultations and class visits. Class visits generally include a brief overview and an opportunity for students to view examples from the collection. Staff can also provide instruction tailored to assignments and class objectives. 

To schedule a research consultation or class visit please contact Cindy Jackson, library specialist for comic arts, at or (804) 827-5372.

Contact Us

James Branch Cabell Library: or (804) 828-1108.
Hours: Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Appointments are recommended.

Tompkins-McCaw Library: or (804) 828-9898.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Appointments are recommended.


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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