Government Comics Digitized

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a digital Government Comics Collection containing comic books produced/distributed by various governments (U.S. Federal, state, United Nations and European Commission). Also included are some state and federal hearings, posters, and pamphlets.

excerpt from Army comic pageThere are some really unexpected items in this collection. Who’d expect the 1964 Army Equipment Record Procedures technical manual to be in a “comic” format?! Anything to get people to read it, I guess.

Federal Reserve Bank of NY comic pageThey aren’t all historical titles, though. One that is more timely, from 2006, is A penny saved: Why and how we save and how saving helps the U.S. economy (from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York).

McGruff's Surprise Party comic coverAnd of course a number of the comics are aimed at children (in spite of the Army title I mentioned earlier!), such as McGruff’s Surprise Party.

UN landmine comic excerptAn example of a UN comic is UNICEF’s Superman and Wonder Woman: The hidden killer, which is about land mine awareness and aimed at children in Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.

There’s a simple search box for finding comics of interest to you at the top right, or use the “Search” link above the search box to do more sophisticated searching, such as limiting to specific phrases. If you use this search page, be sure to select the “Government Comic Collection” from the list of collections and click “add>>” before running a search.

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The University Library is a federal depository with many federal, state, local, and international documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in print, microfiche, CD-ROM, and electronically. Come check out your government at the University Library!

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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